City of Grand Rapids, MI Implements Pictometry Technology

Assessors Office, Planning, Law Enforcement, Fire Department, and Other City Agencies to Utilize Oblique Aerial Imaging System

ROCHESTER, NY, July 10, 2007 -- Pictometry International Corp., the worldwide leader in digital, aerial oblique imagery and easy-to-use measuring software systems today announced that the City of Grand Rapids, MI has selected the company's aerial imaging solution for use in real property assessment, planning, public safety, GIS, and other applications. The City of Grand Rapids, MI, occupies 45.3 square miles in the central western region of the state and has an estimated population of 200,000 residents.

Pictometry's industry-leading software enables users to easily access up to 20 different oblique (at an angle in a 3D-like manner) views of any property, building, highway, or other feature. The software also enables users to obtain measurements such as distance, height, elevation, and area directly from the oblique imagery as well as overlay GIS data and create fully textured Pictometry Real3D(tm) models.

The City is currently undergoing a complete reevaluation of real properties and will be utilizing Pictometry as part of the reevaluation process. "Pictometry provides us a great way to visually verify property information that will enable us to accurately and cost effectively arrive at proper valuations for all our citizens and property owners," said Grand Rapids City Assessor Glen Beekman.

Pictometry systems have found significant acceptance in local governments for a wide range of applications that enable government agencies and personnel to improve operational efficiencies, reduce expenses, and in the case of public safety, to help save lives.

About Pictometry (
Pictometry International is a rapidly growing software company that provides visual information systems. The company's patented imaging process captures georeferenced, high-resolution oblique (at an angle for a 3D-like view) and ortho (straight down) Intelligent Images(r) of counties and states. Combined with the company's interactive software solution, users can see everywhere, measure anything, and plan everything. The company has a growing customer base exceeding 400 counties, the State of Connecticut, the State of Massachusetts, the State of Rhode Island, federal government organizations, as well as private business users. Major metropolitan areas using Pictometry(r) include Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Applications include 9-1-1, appraisers, assessors, emergency management agencies, engineering, financial institutions, fire departments, GIS, golf communities, homeland security, insurance, law
enforcement, planning officials, real estate, transportation, and utilities. Pictometry is a second order visualization tool that does
not produce authoritative or definitive information (surveying) from its digital, aerial images.

The company is hosting its second annual User Conference, Pictometry FutureView 2007, from October 28 - 31, 2007 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Contact :

Will Smith
Marketing Manager
Pictometry International Corp.
Tel.    : 585-486-0093 X270
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Review Article
  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'Bill'
    This is an excellent article, but the contents are scary. It is funny how at the end it says that the information (pictures) will not be used for "surveying" purposes, but it will be used for accessing property value. Isn't surveying used today for accessing property values?

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