Applanix introduces OEM solution for direct georeferencing of airborne sensor data

September 2, 2020  - By
Photo: Applanix

Photo: Applanix

Applanix, a Trimble company, has introduced the Trimble AP+ Air OEM solution for direct georeferencing of airborne sensor data.

The solution enables users to accurately and efficiently produce maps and 3D models without the use of ground control points.

The Trimble AP+ Air is a powerful solution for manned platforms, yet small enough for use on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It is also compatible with virtually any type of airborne remote sensor, including photogrammetric cameras, lidar, hyper and multispectral cameras, and synthetic aperture radar.

Comprised of next-generation compact, low-power hardware, the Trimble AP+ Air features dual embedded survey-grade GNSS chipsets, an onboard inertial measurement unit (IMU), an external IMU, and the all-new Applanix IN-Fusion+ GNSS-aided inertial firmware. It is configurable to support the direct georeferencing accuracy demands of low-flying UAVs to high-altitude manned platforms.

“We have taken the most advanced features of Applanix direct georeferencing and Trimble GNSS technology and packaged them into a powerful new, compact and versatile solution,” said Joe Hutton, Applanix’ director of inertial technology and airborne products. “It provides the flexibility required by systems integrators to embed a single hardware solution that can then be configured to meet the different direct georeferencing needs of a specific sensor type, whether flown on a UAV or manned aircraft. It truly is an ‘integrate once, use many times’ solution.”

The Trimble AP+ Air is fully supported by the Applanix POSPac MMS post-processing software, which features CenterPoint RTX post-processing for centimeter-level positioning anywhere in the world without the need for base stations. These capabilities make the solution ideal for integrators to produce a highly efficient airborne mapping system.

For lidar integrators, the Trimble AP+ Air is compatible with the POSPac MMS LiDAR QC Tools for computing boresight as well as adjusting the relative accuracy of the POSPac trajectory being used to generate the point cloud. For integration with cameras, the solution is supported by the POSPac MMS Photogrammetry Tools for computing boresight and performing camera IO quality control.

The Trimble AP+ Air OEM solution and POSPac MMS are available through Applanix sales channels.

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.