senseFly, Trimble Announce Drone Software Integration


senseFly, a producer of professional drone solutions, has announced a new software integration with Trimble, which optimizes the drone mapping workflow for geospatial professionals.

Within a senseFly drone’s recently launched eMotion 3.5 software, operators can transform a senseFly S.O.D.A. camera’s georeferenced imagery into an automatically collated project (in .jxl format). This enables the simple, one-click import of drone imagery into the Trimble Business Center Aerial Photogrammetry module without the need for manual project creation and organization of images, according to the partners.

“Making work easier and more efficient for geospatial professionals is the goal that drives every solution we develop,” comments Jean-Christophe Zufferey, senseFly’s co-founder and CEO. “Therefore, we are excited to collaborate with Trimble on more tightly integrating our solutions, since enhancements such as this new eMotion-to-Trimble Business Center workflow do exactly that, ensuring that the transition from data collection to acting upon this data is as seamless as possible.”

The senseFly S.O.D.A. is built for professional drone photogrammetry work. The one-inch, 20-megapixel RGB camera captures aerial images across a range of light conditions, allowing senseFly fixed-wing drone operators to produce detailed orthomosaics and accurate 3D digital surface models. senseFly S.O.D.A. is compatible with most senseFly fixed-wing mapping drones, including the large-coverage eBee Plus.

In addition to producing powerful photogrammetric deliverables, Trimble Business Center allows surveyors and other geospatial professionals to combine aerial photography with data collected from GNSS receivers, total stations, 3D laser scanners and more, for a complete field-to-finish workflow. By easily combining imagery from unmanned aircraft systems with ground-based survey data, users can visualize their project from both aerial and terrestrial perspectives, measure points within the images, and create 3D models of the infrastructure and terrain, the partners explain.

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