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Trimble's Introduces eCognition 8.7 Software With Powerful New Information Extraction Capabilities for Geospatial Data Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Nuremberg, Germany, Sept. 27, 2011 -- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced the release of eCognition 8.7, a new version of its advanced software suite designed to extract information from a range of geospatial data including images, point clouds and Geographic Information System (GIS) vectors. The software suite enables aerial imaging companies, geospatial data providers, scientists and end users to integrate and analyze earth observation and remote sensing data to generate accurate GIS-ready information.

The announcement was made today at INTERGEO 2011, the world's largest conference on geodesy, geoinformatics and land management.

The software release features selective 3D: an innovative approach to combining 2D raster and vector data with statistical attributes derived directly from 3D point clouds. This is achieved by pinpointing the portions of a point cloud most relevant to the analysis and including just those portions within the processing. This offers the advantages inherent to 3D analysis without burdening CPUs with unutilized 3D datasets—a critical advantage for production image analysis. 

Trimble's eCognition 8.7 also incorporates state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to supplement its object classification ruleset environment. Classification and Regression Tree (CART) and Support Vector Machines (SVM) enable sophisticated data patterns to be detected with greater autonomy than previously possible. These capabilities are particularly valuable for the analysis and understanding of complex ecosystems.

"The eCognition software suite provides Trimble's geospatial solution portfolio with key capabilities for the transformation of geospatial data into information. For example, this latest eCognition release offers improved utilization of point clouds, whether they are created using Trimble Harrier laser scanning or generated using image matching within Trimble's Inpho software," said Katherine Sandford, general manager of Trimble's GeoSpatial Division. "The information extraction capabilities included within the latest eCognition release enable geospatial analysts to better understand the Earth's complex systems and create the next generation of value-added mapping products."

Trimble's eCognition software extracts accurate geo-information from remote sensing data. eCognition's intelligent information extraction capabilities accelerate mapping, change detection and object recognition by delivering standardized and reproducible image analysis results.

The eCognition 8.7 software suite is available now through Trimble's eCognition distribution channel. Customers with a current maintenance contract can receive the upgrade at no additional cost.

About Trimble's GeoSpatial Division
Trimble applies geospatial technologies to a variety of industry-specific workflows, enabling the seamless creation of geo-information from raw data. 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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