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July 8, 2013

Optech shows off new products at ILSC, ESRI UC


3D imaging and lidar firm shows off new products at ESRI UC

Optech Inc., a manufacturer of advanced lidar and camera survey instruments, recently wrapped up its third Imaging and Lidar Solutions Conference (ILSC 2013) in Toronto, where it showcased its most recent advances in lidar and camera data integration and automated processing workflows.

“2013 was another great year for ILSC,” said Don Carswell, Optech CEO. “The mapping industry has shown particular interest in lidar and imagery fusion recently, so this year we included more best practices and important considerations for extracting useful and timely information from complex lidar datasets and photogrammetric imagery.

Optech is still transitioning “to a Teledyne company,” referring to its new parent Teledyne Technologies Inc., which acquired a majority stake in the company in April 2012 for about $28 million. Optech had sales of almost $55 million for its FY2012.

Optech said it is leveraging Teledyne’s imaging technology expertise with new sensors and software automation products launched later this year.

The company sells standalone and fully integrated lidar and camera services in airborne mapping, airborne lidar bathymetry, mobile mapping, terrestrial laser scanning, mine cavity monitoring, and industrial process control.

The ILSC conference hosted workshops, seminars, product demonstrations, and keynote addresses for 3D imaging professionals from around the world.

Keynote speeches were presented by Brian Doody of Teledyne DALSA and Clayton Crawford of ESRI about the future of imaging and lidar. Allan Carswell, Optech’s founder, gave a retrospective on the industry.

Attendees saw recent product introductions including the new 360° Point Grey Ladybug camera for the Lynx Mobile Mapper, the CS-15000 aerial camera system, the new 300 series of Optech Orion ALTMs, including the high-altitude H300, and version 2.4 of the Optech LMS Lidar Management Suite, which automates the processing of data from both airborne and mobile lidar sensors.

Last month, Optech said it was replacing its flagship mobile mapping product, the Lynx M1, with the Lynx SG1 Mobile Mapper (Survey Grade) for rapid 3D data capture of highways, infrastructure, and buildings.

Optech is showcasing its latest airborne, mobile and terrestrial mapping products at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego this week in the Imagery section. Optech is both a Business Partner and a Platinum Sponsor of ESRI UC, where it will also exhibit #1701.

Come to the Demo Theater (Imagery Island Exhibit Hall C) at 12:30 p.m., July 10, to see how At ESRI UC, 3D imaging firm AeroMetric will demonstrate how it is leveraging Optech sensor data in a presentation titled, AeroMetric – Geospatial Cloud Solutions for Image Management and Delivery within the Esri Environment.

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