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September 29th, 2011
Urban Robotics Releases Dense 3D Extraction Technology

Urban Robotics specializes in large-scale 3D extraction using computer vision techniques, converting ordinary 2D imagery into a 3D space, pixel by pixel. “Our approach scales to very large numbers of images and does not require special cameras or rigorous calibration. There is great promise that this approach provides a viable alternative to LiDAR”, said Geoff Peters, CEO, Urban Robotics.

Since 2008, Urban Robotics has been performing fully automated 3D image processing on over a petabyte of data as a standard part of their software pipeline. The technology was recently demonstrated by rapidly generating a massive 2.2B pixel colorized point cloud of Mt St Helens from 128 images. Urban Robotics’ approach is unique in its ability to scale across large data sets by using proprietary cloud software running over hundreds of cores.

Dense 3D Extraction and 3D Reconstruction is well suited for applications such as large-scale 3D mapping, contour mapping, watershed analysis, powerline corridor mapping, harvest analysis and pipeline monitoring. Urban Robotics software has been applied to rotary, fixed wing, unmanned (UAV/UAS), vehicular and handheld imagery.

Urban Robotics technology was developed as a commercial solution, but has been primarily deployed in the public sector. The Dense 3D Extraction technology is sensor agnostic, can be applied to massive datasets and is scalable for cloud computing. To date over 14 million images have been processed under demanding conditions. Urban Robotics will expand into the commercial market through a new company Urban Robotics Commercial Ventures.

About Urban Robotics
Urban Robotics, founded in 2003, develops cutting-edge software and hardware solutions for 3D Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]), Remote Sensing and Geospatial applications, providing one-stop shopping for complete digital imagery systems, from collection to post-processing to data management. Products include aerial 3D EO and NearIR digital sensor systems, high performance aerial and ground computer clusters, and automated 3D algorithms and services for rapidly generating large mapping and modeling datasets. To find out more, please visit http://www.urbanrobotics.net.