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October 4, 2011

Topcon’s IS-3 enhances long-range scanning offering

New Imaging Station has longest scanning range – 6,500 feet

LIVERMORE, Calif. – Topcon Positioning Systems’ (TPS) new Imaging Station – the IS-3 – increases its scanning range by almost 20 percent, to 6,500 feet, according to a company announcement.

In addition to its “dramatic increase in non-prism scanning range,” said Denny Welch, senior vice president of the Survey Business Unit, in a statement, “the new IS-3 increases distance measurement speed, automatic scanning speed and improves accuracy substantially.”

The IS-3, through its patented prism tracking scanning interface technology – X-TRAC 8 – “has a new onboard feature that provides quicker scanning definition, faster image collection and an onboard preview of scanned data,” Welch further stated.

Topcon designed the IS-3 to be versatile enough to run multiple ways, from a one-man robotic setup, to an on-board scanning and long-range reflectorless system, to a very user-comfortable remote laptop interface, according to the release.

ImageMaster software, which comes standard with the IS-3, now includes a “volume” calculations feature at no extra charge. (Earlier models had an optional module for purchase.) It provides a user full live video control through a laptop to measure points, track prisms, and define scan areas.

Additionally, the IS-3 has a new high-space “Grid Scan” feature that obtains 3D data by automatically scanning at a specific pitch within a specified area. Using Topcon’s image analyzing ImageMaster software, “3D models are easily and quickly created from the data,” Welch said in the release.

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