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Trimble’s New 80 Megapixel Aerial Camera Extends the Medium-Format Application Range Print E-mail
Written by Trimble   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 6, 2011 — Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today its 80 megapixel Trimble Aerial Camera (TAC 80MP), extending the range of applications for today’s medium-format aerial cameras.

The announcement was made at Photogrammetric Week.

With advanced features such as Trimble’s forward motion compensation (FMC) technology, the TAC 80MP allows aerial service providers to fly faster or increase ground sampling distance. This enables fixed wing aircraft to deliver results previously only achievable with helicopter campaigns. With a weight of less than 3,000 grams (6.6 lbs.), the TAC 80MP is also an ideal camera for a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), further extending its application range.

Designed as a workhorse for traditional flight campaigns, the TAC 80MP is a suitable replacement for aging large-format analog cameras (LFC), which are increasingly being taken out of service. Because the long side of the TAC 80MP sensor is equal to an analog LFC image scanned at 20µm, service providers are able to fly the TAC 80MP instead of allocating additional resources to their digital large-format fleet.    

“We see the TAC 80MP as a multi-purpose camera that can equip service providers with capabilities previously only attainable using far more expensive large-format cameras,” said Katherine Sandford, general manager of Trimble’s GeoSpatial Division. “With its robust, light-weight design and flexible integration capabilities, the TAC 80MP is positioned to stretch the boundaries of today’s medium-format camera market.”

As with previous Trimble Aerial Cameras, the 80MP is offered with a wide range of focal length optics, allowing for dynamic reconfigurations to accommodate changing project parameters.    

As part of Trimble’s aerial mapping portfolio, the TAC 80MP can be bundled with Inpho photogrammetry software or integrated into a turn-key mapping solution including flight management, direct georeferencing, laser scanning capabilities, and complete processing workflow (Trimble DSS and Trimble Harrier 68i). Integration can be achieved through an upgrade path, allowing service providers to protect their investment and increase their capabilities as their business requirements expand.

Availability
The TAC 80MP is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2011 from Trimble and authorized resellers.

About Trimble's GeoSpatial Division
Trimble applies geospatial technologies to a variety of industry-specific workflows, seamlessly transitioning from data acquisition through to geo-information creation. Trimble’s land and aerial mobile sensors capture geo-referenced images and point clouds that are interpreted using Trimble’s production-scale photogrammetry, terrain modeling and feature extraction software. The resulting high-fidelity models increase business productivity and improve decision-making for a diverse community of global customers, including aerial and land mapping service companies, governments, utilities and transportation. For more information, visit: www.trimble.com/geospatial.

About Trimble
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit Trimble's Web site at:  www.trimble.com.

 
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