Autonomous Drone Navigation, “SLAM” and Geospatial Data Processing

CES Press Release – San Francisco, CA and Las Vegas, NV – January, 6th 2016

Terra Imaging is pleased to announce an exciting 2016, focusing on their new technology for Autonomous UAS, UAV and Drone Flight Navigation Systems.  One Drone Cloud, Terra’s new technology offering, will specifically target the challenges of 3D structural, 3D facilities and 3D object modeling. Ed Gambler, Senior 3D Engineer for Terra Imaging states: “The biggest issue in 3D modeling of physical objects is incomplete Photogrammetry, LiDAR or sensor data captures, resulting in missing data gaps within the final 3D models. These missing data gaps are easily visible as rounded or distorted features such as wavy edges or black holes in overhanging architectural structures. We believe our drone navigation software and “real time”, geospatial processing technologies are now able to recognize and fix the data capture gaps and flight management issues in “real time” during the drone mapping mission.”

Karl Engstrom, CEO of Terra Imaging explains the integration of SLAM (Simultaneous Location and Mapping) methodologies in their flight navigation and geospatial data processing software, “We found out long ago working with Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth that precision flight plans, with precision data captures are some of the paramount variables required to accurately map the world in 3D. Moreover, now with the drone revolution providing low altitude data collection, producing higher resolution datasets , using higher resolution photogrammetry and LiDAR sensors… its a win – win for us, higher resolution, super dense data allows us to produce better geodetic mapping and 3D gaming – entertainment products. Clearly, this revolution is once again becoming a “Big Data” play focusing on autonomous ground and airborne mapping operations.”

Terra Imaging - UAS - UAV - Drone Mapping - SLAM

Engstrom further comments: “Looking at 2016, Terra Imaging’s focus is on our UAV commercial and cinematography mapping services and our new One Drone Cloud platform. The One Drone Cloud technology team is focused on deploying drone flight navigation software, implementing SLAM methodologies for geospatial data collection, analysis and “real time” 3D structural, 3D environment and 3D object modeling.

We believe the time is right for integrated AI (artificial intelligence) , UAV autonomous navigation and airborne SLAM methodologies to fully empower the drone industry. This technology revolution is taking advantage of fast, drone deployment, fast data collection and fast data processing all collectively producing an extraordinary time to be in the airborne mapping and cinematography industry.

In summary, it’s an exciting time for the geospatial industry, especially for the insiders who have seen this before with fixed wing planes, helicopters and million dollar mapping cameras and LiDAR sensors… Our industry, friends and colleagues have come a long way in the last 16 years.”

Terra Imaging - One Drone Cloud - Drone - SLAM Photogrammetry

For more information please visit:

Terra Imaging – http://www.terraimaging.com

One Drone Cloud – http://www.onedronecloud.com

 

 

 

 

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