Aerial mapper Aerometrex has released two new services for its flagship metropolitan mapping service following a successful stock exchange debut.
Based in Adelaide, South Australia, the newly listed company (ASX: AMX) has built 3D modelling into its MetroMap subscription service as well as launching its own high-flying camera to capture the images.
Aerometrex Managing Director Mark Deuter said proceeds from the company’s recent oversubscribed A$25m initial public offering will be used to expand the capture programs as well as sales and marketing efforts to capitalise on strong demand for the service.
The new Aerometrex MetroCam delivers 5cm imagery at the same flying height used to generate 7.5cm aerial imagery.
MetroMap is an online aerial imagery subscription service with highly accurate geospatial data viewed through a web browser interface, to which Aerometrex has added 3D models.
“MetroMap 3D is a convenient and user-friendly way to consume our 3D datasets,” Deuter said.
“The tools even allow users to measure vertical faces of buildings or other 3D features.”
Deuter said the new software allows users to quickly switch between 2D and 3D in the same web browser window and offered 3D vector and area measurements, and coordinate, height and slope point measurements.
The service is now operating Australia-wide, with four captures per annum being flown for most capital cities, and many regional cities and rural shires also being added to the database.
Deuter said the service would be enhanced by the company’s new MetroCam camera, which allows highly-efficient imagery capture from Aerometrex’s existing fleet of aircraft.
The camera has been designed to produce 5cm imagery at the same flying height typically used to generate 7.5cm aerial imagery, which allows Aerometrex to fly high over the crowded airspace around cities without compromising resolution.
Deuter said the MetroCam was designed by its technical team in Adelaide and built in the United States by a specialist camera manufacturer in less than a year.
“It has been put into service over Adelaide and has produced very high-resolution imagery from high altitude flights,” he said.
“MetroCam will enable the company much more control of this cost and development path.”
Aerometrex, which has been operating for 30 years, has achieved annual revenue growth from $9.7 million to $16.1 million over the past two years with strong industry and government support for its aerial photography, photogrammetry, LiDAR, as well as high resolution, high-accuracy 3D modelling.
It sells its 3D models of major Australian cities to city councils, state governments, planners, architects, marketing companies and developers.
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