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A3 Edge maps wildlife in Africa

November 4, 2015  - By
Elephants are highlighted in yellow.

Elephants are highlighted in yellow.

VisionMap’s A3 Edge Digital Mapping System was recently used to map wildlife in an African national park. A3 Edge provides an efficient solution for detecting, tracking and estimating wildlife populations, according to maker VisionMap.

The A3 Edge camera surveyed the park from an altitude of 4,000 ft. above ground level (AGL), capturing 3.5 cm resolution imagery at a rate of 225 km2/ hour. A3 Edge uses a “sweep” capture technology that provides quick, high-resolution coverage of vast areas.

Among the animals identified in the images were antelopes, elephants, hippopotamuses and giraffes. The animals’ locations are clearly visible in the aerial images, and the automatic object recognition capability available with VisionMap systems makes it easy to calculate the number of animals in a particular area.

VisionMap’s LightSpeed processing system automatically processes VisionMap images, producing aerial triangulation, orthophoto, digital surface model (DSM), 3D models, and georeferenced vertical and oblique images. The system’s fast turnaround time makes it possible to regularly survey the area, and collect useful information about the animals’ behaviors and trends, VisionMap said.

Antelopes are highlighted in red.

Antelopes are highlighted in red.

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About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.