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Resolve Optics & IMAO Awarded €1.68M to Develop Gigapixel Aerial Camera

publication date: Jan 10, 2018
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author/source: Resolve Optics Ltd

Develop Gigapixel Aerial Camera

Resolve Optics Ltd in conjunction with IMAO SAS (Limoges, France) has received a Euro 1.68 million Horizon 2020 award to expedite the development of a 1GPixel resolution ultra-large format aerial surveillance camera.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).  Horizon 2020 is a flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Using ultra large format, low distortion lenses custom designed by Resolve Optics, IMAO was able to create a prototype aerial surveillance camera. Its patented design, which associates three optical chambers, a matrix of sensors and 3 ultra large format lenses, represents a disruptive development in the field of aerial data acquisition.

The prototype 660Mpixel camera produces high quality images two to three times larger than the standard image size generated by other large format cameras on the market. As a consequence not only are less images required for geographic data mapping but also these images require less processing time saving operators time and money.

Using the Horizon 2020 funding, the Resolve Optics / IMAO consortium aim to further improve the 660Mpixel resolution of the prototype camera to reach 1Gpixel by 2020. With this ultra high resolution, large format capability, less aerial surveillance flights will be required to create better quality images for Google maps, construction sites and other mapping and surveillance projects.

Resolve Optics Ltd. is a knowledgeable, dynamic company focused upon innovative design, and manufacture of production quantities of lenses and lens systems on time to strict quality and target price guidelines.  The company has the proven and rare capability to produce small quantities of high performance, mounted lens systems with the look, feel and quality equivalent to the best professional photographic and broadcast TV lenses.

IMAO SAS is a French company specialised in worldwide aerial data acquisition. Born out of the passion of two men in 2001, IMAO operates the latest generation of digital aerial survey cameras and LIDAR sensors installed in its own fleet of 11 aircraft. The company provides its customers with quality georeferenced data captured all around the globe.


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