Leica Geosystems introduces Leica CountryMapper, the world’s first hybrid imaging & LiDAR sensor for large-area airborne mapping

Bringing unprecedented efficiency and data quality to large-area aerial data collection

(Heerbrugg, Switzerland, June 13th 2023) – Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, introduces the Leica CountryMapper, extending the hybrid sensor portfolio with the most efficient solution for large-area imaging and LiDAR mapping. Combining a large-format photogrammetric camera with a high-performance LiDAR unit into a single system, the CountryMapper collects foundational geospatial data simultaneously, enabling the generation of highly accurate data products to support a wide variety of customer applications.

The CountryMapper makes full use of Leica Geosystems' unique expertise in combining industry-leading imaging and LiDAR sensor modules into highly efficient hybrid airborne systems. CMOS-based Leica MFC150 camera modules leverage true mechanical forward-motion-compensation (FMC) to deliver industry-leading image quality, even at faster aircraft speeds and in challenging lighting conditions. The new Hyperion3 LiDAR unit features 60 degrees field of view, improving the performance and flexibility of the system compared to previous LiDAR modules, while reduced laser divergence provides greater planimetric accuracy and better foliage penetration. The CountryMapper fully integrates with Leica HxMap multi-sensor end-to-end processing workflow, enabling distributed processing of images and point clouds to optimise productivity for very large data sets.

Setting new productivity standards in the airborne mapping industry

The imaging and LiDAR systems cover the same swath simultaneously, ensuring maximum temporal and geometric data consistency. The hybrid system maximises accuracy of the collected data and enables the generation of the most comprehensive 2D and 3D products, supporting applications such as orthophoto generation, terrain mapping, hydrography, forestry monitoring and infrastructure management. Eliminating the need to fly two separate imaging and LiDAR systems, the CountryMapper collects more data in fewer flying hours, significantly reducing operational costs and environmental impact. Owners of previous-generation sensors can leverage their initial investment and upgrade their systems to the CountryMapper configuration.

“Airborne data providers have had to tailor their LiDAR and imaging offerings to emphasise one or the other. The CountryMapper provides both at the highest performance levels in a single system configuration,” said Layton Hobbs, Airborne Product Line Director at Hexagon. “With its unmatched efficiency, data accuracy, and application versatility, the new sensor is set to transform large-area mapping projects. Building on our success with the Leica CityMapper, the CountryMapper continues to push the boundaries of hybrid airborne mapping, empowering customers with a highly productive and versatile solution that redefines our industry standards".

To learn more about the Leica CountryMapper and its capabilities, please visit: https://leica-geosystems.com/products/airborne-systems/hybrid-sensors/leica-countrymapper

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
Leica Geosystems, azienda appartenente al gruppo Hexagon che vanta oltre 200 anni di storia, fornisce sensori, software e servizi di alta qualità garantendo la massima affidabilità. Offrendo ogni giorno valore aggiunto ai professionisti del rilievo, delle costruzioni, delle infrastrutture, dell'estrazione mineraria, della mappatura, nonché di altri settori che dipendono dai contenuti geospaziali, Leica Geosystems si distingue con soluzioni innovative finalizzate a favorire il nostro futuro autonomo.

Hexagon è il gruppo leader mondiale nel settore dei sensori, dei software e delle soluzioni autonome. Sviluppiamo sistemi di elaborazione dei dati per aumentare l'efficienza, la produttività e la qualità nelle applicazioni industriali, manifatturiere e infrastrutturali, nonché di quelle inerenti ai settori della sicurezza e della mobilità.

Le nostre tecnologie stanno modellando gli ecosistemi urbani e produttivi per renderli sempre più connessi e autonomi, garantendo un futuro di scalabilità e sostenibilità.

La divisione Geosystems di Hexagon fornisce un portafoglio completo di soluzioni digitali che attraverso l'acquisizione, la misura e la visualizzazione del mondo fisico consentono la trasformazione veicolata dai dati negli ecosistemi di qualunque settore.

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stoccolma: HEXA B) vanta approssimativamente 24,000 dipendenti in 50 Paesi e un fatturato netto di circa 5.2 miliardi di euro. Per maggiori informazioni, visita hexagon.com e seguici con l'hashtag @HexagonAB.

Contatti:
Leica Geosystems AG
Azienda appartenente al gruppo Hexagon
Reka Vasszi
reka.vasszi@hexagon.com

leica-geosystems.com

Leica Geosystems
Cristina Mauri 
Email: cristina.mauri@hexagon.com 
https://leica-geosystems.com/

Leica CountryMapper

The world's first hybrid sensor for large-area imaging and LiDAR data collection, leveraging Leica Geosystems' leadership in hybrid airborne technologies.
The world's first hybrid sensor for large-area imaging and LiDAR data collection, leveraging Leica Geosystems' leadership in hybrid airborne technologies.