High-Resolution Oblique and Six-Inch Orthophotos Satisfy a Host of Geospatial Demands
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Sanborn Map Company (Sanborn) continues to grow its world-class product offerings with the addition of more than 41,000 square miles of fresh oblique imagery covering 150 U.S. metropolitan markets. Additionally, Sanborn now offers 6-inch resolution orthophotography covering the entire continental United States in both natural color and infrared products. Sanborn’s latest offerings demonstrate the firm’s commitment to bolstering its position as the premier U.S. provider of superior-quality, high-resolution aerial imagery products and services.
“As an industry-leading provider of geospatial products and applications, our ongoing commitment is to serve our customers with the nation’s best products and services,” says Jason Caldwell, Sanborn VP of business development and sales. “Sanborn’s oblique and ortho selections are current and accurate, and our uniquely liberal data licensing policy and rapid delivery, including cloud hosting, offer a terrific value proposition for our customers.”
Sanborn’s off-the-shelf oblique and orthophotography is suitable for a wide range of applications. Some of the most common uses include:
- As a base map to adjust and enhance the accuracy of parcel information and other data layers.
- As a source from which to extract building outlines, transportation and utility features, and other data to create or update planimetric features databases.
- As a tool to aid in the planning, design and execution of public infrastructure projects and residential development.
- To create efficient routes for E911/first responders and aid other public safety planning.
- To perform more accurate tax assessment.
- As a contextual background over which other data can be layered to create accurate and highly effective presentations and reports.
- As a source for automatic change detection and reporting.
- All Sanborn off-the-shelf imagery data is stored in the cloud and served to the firm’s customers via a web service interface. Oblique imagery samples at various resolutions can be viewed here. Learn more about Sanborn orthophotography here.
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High-Tech Mapping Firm Charts Nation’s Capital for Second Consecutive Year
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 16, 2015 — Aerial data collection by The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. (Sanborn) is proceeding under a major contract that provides a host of mapping services encompassing Washington, D.C., and its surrounding metropolitan area. Sanborn flew a similar mapping mission within the Capital Beltway in 2014, making it the only firm to perform such services over the highly secure geographic area two years in a row.
“This project is a great win for our company, as well as for the government agencies and citizens who will benefit from our high-quality deliverables,” says Jason Caldwell, Sanborn VP of business development and sales. “Negotiating the complex flight restrictions over Washington, D.C., requires a great deal of expertise, and we’ve earned the government’s trust for this project. Additionally, our open-source data licensing policy means the data we provide can be shared limitlessly among numerous government agencies and with the public.”
Sanborn will acquire and process a wide range of high-resolution imagery products, including 3-inch resolution orthoimagery, 4-inch resolution oblique imagery and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data that meet U.S. Geological Survey Level 1 resolution and accuracy requirements, including nominal point spacing of 8 points per square meter and the ability to support the creation of 1-foot contour mapping.
Sanborn is partnered on the venture with A. Morton Thomas & Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based engineering firm, and was selected to perform the project from among a considerable number of competing mapping firms.
About The Sanborn Map Company, Inc.
Sanborn is a preeminent leader in the exploding geospatial industry, delivering state-of-the-art mapping solutions to customers worldwide. The firm currently operates a fleet of 14 aircraft located strategically across the United States. Embracing cutting-edge technology, Sanborn specializes in oblique aerial imagery, aerial and mobile light detection and ranging (LiDAR) mapping, aerial orthophotography, 3D modeling and visualization software and services, indoor mapping with its proprietary SPIN robot, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) sales, services and image processing, and a host of geospatial software development.
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Firm Set to Deliver Wide Range of Commercial Services
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 3, 2015 — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. (Sanborn) approval to commercially operate an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) under the agency’s Section 333 Exemption. The exemption permits Sanborn to offer UAS-based services to its customers immediately.
Sanborn has successfully completed numerous UAS test flights and data collection projects to validate the system’s geospatial data collection capabilities. The trials have resulted in unprecedented accuracy and resolution, including high-quality, engineering-grade digital terrain models (DTMs) exceeding 2-inch accuracy; multispectral frame imagery at sub-centimeter resolution; and crisp, vibration-free video.
“We’re excited to add this new capability to our world-class service offerings,” says Jason Caldwell, vice president, business development and sales. “Several of our more progressive customers already are achieving value from our UAS capabilities.”
“Sanborn’s UAS technology is a great fit for a host of customers,” affirms Sanchit Agarwal, director of mapping operations. “Among them are police and fire departments, agricultural operations, utilities, oil & gas concerns, emergency response planners, local governments, mine operators and the media.”
Several functional examples of how Sanborn will serve customers with its UAS include damage assessment and response efforts, site mapping, water resource mapping, volumetric assessment and asset estimation, highway survey and accident mapping, corridor asset review, assessment, and mapping, and precision agriculture.
Sanborn’s UAS is a vertical take off and landing (VTOL) platform with a 15-pound payload capacity. This enables the use of a wide range of sophisticated sensors or combinations of sensors, including video, multispectral, infrared, thermal and hyperspectral. The high-performance aircraft features a full military-grade autopilot with GPS waypoints and laser altimeters that are integrated with its sensor payload, permitting pinpoint sensor control. Additionally, the rugged aircraft has demonstrated amazing reliability, including maximum stability in winds up to 50 mph.
In addition to providing UAS flight services, Sanborn will offer a full range of image processing and analysis services for all UAS imagery collected, including cloud storage of customer data. Sanborn also will provide processing and distribution services to third-party UAS operators with a need for expert image processing, analysis, storage and distribution.
About The Sanborn Map Company, Inc.
Sanborn (www.sanborn.com) is a preeminent leader in the exploding geospatial industry, delivering state-of-the-art mapping solutions to customers worldwide. The firm currently operates a fleet of 14 aircraft located strategically across the United States. Embracing cutting-edge technology, Sanborn specializes in oblique aerial imagery, aerial and mobile light detection and ranging (LiDAR) mapping, aerial orthophotography, 3-D modeling and visualization software and services, indoor mapping with its proprietary SPIN robot, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) sales, services and image processing, and a host of geospatial software development.
Please contact: Jason Caldwell
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Aerial photography guides MI surveyors, first responders
Current State’s Kevin Lavery speaks with Everett Root, an outreach specialist with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, about the resources it takes each year to take so many photos of our state from the air.
Published: May 18, 2015 6:00 a.m. ET
MiSAIL Mapping Program Vital to a Host of Statewide Stakeholders
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — For the last two years, The Sanborn Map Company (Sanborn) has been engaged in a massive mapping initiative for the State of Michigan (SOM) and this spring the firm forges ahead into year three of its base contract.
The Michigan Statewide Authoritative Imagery & LiDAR program (MiSAIL) is managed by the state’s Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) and chiefly funded by its Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Quality.
Sanborn is acquiring a variety of imagery across the state, including 3-inch, 6-inch and 12-inch resolution orthophotography, as well as Quality Level 2 (QL-2) light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data. Sanborn is hosting all data and utilizing the Sanborn GeoServe service, an efficient cloud-based approach to quality control. The innovative GeoServe tools let SOM stakeholders review imagery via a website browser and mark up any areas of concern. Sanborn’s engineers and image processing experts can review their comments, address the issues and quickly respond via the same interface.
“Access to high-quality digital aerial imagery has created a demand for more timely data with better accuracy and resolution,” explains Everett Root. Root is the DTMB’s Center for Shared Solutions, Office of Technology Partnerships outreach specialist and MiSAIL project manager. “One of our acquisition challenges is the short season between snow on the ground and leaf-on conditions. Sanborn’s project managers have dealt successfully with this issue and the next-generation imagery products are enabling the state of Michigan to achieve its goals on schedule.”
As a result of the SOM’s innovative outreach and partnering initiatives, MiSAIL partner participation has increased each year, growing from two imagery partners and two LiDAR partners in 2013 to 14 imagery partners and five LiDAR partners in 2015. Altogether, the SOM and its local, regional, federal, university and utility partners will spend more than $2.7 million on the project this year. Through collaboration, partners realize a cost savings of as much as 30 percent. The SOM’s handling of the request for proposal process, contract management and vendor management results in additional savings.
In 2015, partner stakeholders include the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, whose seven county members comprise half of Michigan’s population, as well as half of its road mileage; and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, which covers the state capitol, Lansing metropolitan region, and surrounding areas. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will contribute more than $1.5 million to the effort for the acquisition of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data totaling more than 10,500 square miles across 13 Michigan counties.
New in 2015 will be data collection of four major university campuses: Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Beyond 2015, MiSAIL framework allows for the addition of new services and products. Soon to be added are a standard oblique imagery offering, along with oblique imagery optimized for disaster response. The latter will be implemented by the Michigan State Police to enhance efforts surrounding special events, natural disasters and other incidents.
About The Sanborn Map Company, Inc.Sanborn (www.sanborn.com) is a preeminent leader in the exploding geospatial industry, delivering state-of-the-art mapping solutions to customers worldwide. The firm currently operates a fleet of 14 aircraft located strategically across the United States. Embracing cutting-edge technology, Sanborn specializes in oblique aerial imagery, aerial and mobile LiDAR mapping, aerial orthophotography, 3-D modeling and visualization software and services, indoor mapping with its proprietary SPIN robot, unmanned aircraft system sales, services and image processing, and a host of geospatial software development. Sanborn’s innovative technology advantage, image processing expertise, local presence nationwide and unparalleled project-management portfolio ensure the ultimate value to its global customers.
Please contact: Jason Caldwell
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Sanborn Online Transforms the Way Customers Can Select and Purchase Data
With the introduction of Sanborn Online, The Sanborn Map Company, Inc., (Sanborn) has streamlined the way its customers can purchase the firm’s world-class collection of digital 3-D building data. Sanborn Online, the official digital storefront for Sanborn-acquired data, lets customers view available metropolitan areas and data types, select the data they need, choose the appropriate data license and download the data—all in a matter of minutes.
“Sanborn Online reduces search time with an interactive map interface that lets users easily navigate throughout Sanborn’s exhaustive building data catalog,” explains Christopher Bachicha, senior software engineer. “The data are available for download instantly upon completing the PayPal transaction.”
Sanborn Online is the firm’s latest initiative to make its 3-D building data conveniently accessible to the general public. The aggregate 3-D building data are available for areas of interest comprising more than 262,000 buildings in 49 key U.S. metropolitan areas. Owing to Sanborn’s long legacy of innovative 3-D modeling, the data includes accurate location and height information, as well as more than 25 additional data-rich attributes, such as building name, address, date of construction and more.
“We expect that the transparent and instant access to Sanborn’s 3-D data will revolutionize how 3-D building models and elevation data are sold in the United States,” says Sharad Oberoi, PhD, technical development manager. “We believe Sanborn Online will allow even niche firms in the real estate, insurance and urban planning domains to benefit from the latest spatial data analysis tools available.”
The next version of Sanborn Online will offer 3-D data for individual buildings. Those currently interested in purchasing individual buildings can contact an expert Sanborn sales professional for assistance.
Contact: Mario Montoya
Users of Esri ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 and Above Easily Can Browse and Import Oblique Imagery Into the Workflow
The benefits of viewing and working with oblique aerial imagery now are available to users with the latest versions of ArcGIS for Desktop geographic information system (GIS) software. The Sanborn Map Company’s Oblique Analyst tool lets users leverage the multiple-view advantages of the company’s Oblique Imagery Solutions like never before.
Sanborn’s Oblique Imagery Solutions products comprise aerial imagery that gives users multiple views of any location. Sanborn captures the imagery using five separate state-of-the-art cameras at once, resulting in the highest quality oblique data available today. The imagery is georeferenced and delivered to users in a format that makes it easy to view, analyze and use effectively.
Oblique Analyst presents all five views of a building or structure—nadir and four 45° oblique angles—and provides the ability to select any view as the primary one. A built-in compass feature lets users know the current view as they pan and zoom around a project area. Oblique Analyst also pinpoints the project area on an overview map, and its addressing feature quickly locates specific addresses. Oblique Analyst is included with the purchase of Sanborn’s Oblique Imagery Solutions products.
Visit Sanborn at Booth #1208 at the 2014 Esri International UC Exhibit for a demonstration of Oblique Analyst. Also See SPIN—Sanborn’s revolutionary new autonomous robot for indoor laser mapping on Tuesday, July 15 only!
July 15, 2014
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Check out the SPIN-centered article and interview at controltrends.org
The Sanborn Platform for Indoor Mapping (SPIN) is a semi-autonomous mobile robotic platform designed exclusively for indoor mapping applications. By utilizing the recent advances made in a variety of 3D technologies including laser scanning, photogrammetry and computer vision, and the state-of-the-art approaches used in robotics, SPIN is a leap forward in accurately mapping the building interiors. SPIN is a compact, easy-to-operate and self-navigating system which generates pre-registered spatial data almost in real-time.
For more information about SPIN, send inquiries to: email@example.com and a Sanborn representative will be in touch.
In 2013, global market research and consulting firm, MarketsandMarkets, published a report about the indoor positioning and navigation (IPIN) market stating that “the global indoor location market is estimated to grow from $448.6 million in a recent$2.60 billion in 2018.” It also predicted North America to be the biggest market in the short term and Europe to follow in the longer term.
Click here to check out the full LiDAR News Magazine article about Sanborn’s new SPIN indoor mapping technology…
- Sanborn CEO John Copple – Interview at the 2015 GeoINT Conference (GIS Cafe) July 7, 2015
- Sanborn Expands Industry-Leading Nationwide Data Coverage June 30, 2015
- Sanborn Under Way on Impressive D.C. Double June 17, 2015
- Sanborn Gains FAA Unmanned Aircraft System Approval June 3, 2015
- MiSAIL Program Discussed on WKAR Michigan State University Public Radio May 19, 2015