Pictometry Announces Technical Advancements for GIS Professionals

  Company's Technical Capabilities Expand with 17 Patents in Process and 1 in 4 Employees Working in Engineering


ROCHESTER, NY - December 6, 2006 - Pictometry International Corp., the worldwide leader in digital, aerial oblique imagery and measuring software systems today announced a number of new technical advancements of its software that were recently introduced at its FutureView User Conference. 

"Pictometry is a very innovation-driven company where one out of four employees works in the engineering department," said Pictometry Co-Founder and CTO Stephen L. Schultz. The company currently has 17 patents in process, has the ability to process over 500,000 images per day, has 50 domestic imaging capture systems in place, and its digital camera calibration technology was adopted and licensed by the United States Geological Survey. "Our patented capture system includes our own custom manufactured digital camera systems and extremely accurate, custom designed lenses that reduce image distortion by a factor of 10X over top-of-the-line industry lenses. This gives us total control over our product capabilities, which is essential for meeting our customer needs. We know of no other company, or even partnership of companies, that comes close to this capability," said Schultz.

Pictometry Extension for ESRI ArcGIS

Geographic Information System (GIS) departments can now utilize a number of new enhancements with Pictometry's Extension for ArcGIS. Pictometry's Extension for ArcGIS allows digital oblique imagery to be viewed and used inside a variety of ESRI products. The power of oblique imagery combined with the power of GIS all within the ESRI operating environment opens many doors for GIS professionals. The Pictometry Extension is available for ArcGIS/ArcMap 9.X and ArcIMS.

There are three primary Pictometry functions within the extension; View, Navigate, and Measure as well as ESRI-like GIS functions. Within those functions the following features exist:

View Controls:

-- Image Tool - click on map to bring up Pictometry image from corresponding point on map.
-- Zoom Control - zoom in, out, home, and center zoom.
-- Directional View Select - North, East, South, West, and Ortho; filter by views.

Navigate Controls:

-- Pictometry Navigation Tool - allows user to "virtually walk" down a road or path clear across the entire image library of a county or state.
-- Display Compass on Image.
-- Display Location on Map - Dynamic Pane Window.
-- Location Tool - displays coordinates from selected point on map or image.
-- Rotate Map to Image.
-- View Window on Map.

Pictometry's Measurement Capabilities (in ESRI software viewer):

-- Distance - straight line, perimeter, poly-line.
-- Area - Polygon, Freeform Area.
-- Height - measures heights of buildings and other vertical structures.
-- Façade - measures sides of buildings, windows, or entries/egresses.
-- Bearing - allows user to visualize directionality from true north.
-- Elevation - displays the ground elevation data of selected point.


-- Overlay GIS Features - All, None, or Selected.
-- Info Tool - for use on the oblique images, pulling data from the GIS layers.
-- Zoom Map to Image Footprint.
-- Display Image Footprint on Map.

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Image 1 (above) : Screen capture of ArcMap software embedded with Pictometry software and oblique image with GIS layers

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Image 2 (Above) :  Screen capture of Pictometry's Image Viewer's drop down menu for ESRI's ArcGIS


Pictometry EFS version 2.7

Scheduled to be released in 2007 and currently in beta at a number of customer sites, a few of the many features of EFS 2.7 that Pictometry customers will receive free of charge will include:

  -- Over 100 new Component Object Module interfaces.
-- The ability to easily add custom tools.
-- Improved data exporting capabilities with the ability to enter data directly into database forms.
-- Automated feature labeling on both maps and images such as house numbers, street addressing, and other GIS data.
-- Geographic grid creation, either rectangular or radial, ideal for search and rescue and recovery, with the ability to easily record findings into each grid cell and store it in a GIS database.
-- Modular Penta Viewer - the ability to configure, adjust, and navigate in multiple, coordinated viewing windows of oblique and orthorectified images in an intuitive manner. You select which view, ortho centric or oblique centric, meets your needs.

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Image 3 (above) :  Screen capture of Pictometry EFS Version 2.7 with GIS street centerline files and street names overlaid on oblique image

The company recently announced a unique approach to 3D modeling that allows customers to create their own 3D models, or to select from one of three different modeling solutions designed to fit various needs and budgetary constraints. All Pictometry Real3DTM models include a standard viewer that allows for visualization, fly-throughs, and measurement capabilities. Most models can be configured to be viewed in other 3D viewing systems such as ESRI's ArcGlobe.

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Image 4 (above) : Screen capture of Pictometry Real3D Gold product in ArcGlobe.


About Pictometry

Pictometry International is a rapidly growing software company that provides visual information systems. The company's patented imaging process captures georeferenced, high-resolution oblique (at an angle, 3D-like view) and ortho (straight down) Intelligent Images® of counties and states. Combined with the company's interactive software solution, users can see everywhere, measure anything, and plan everything. The company has a growing customer base exceeding 250 counties, the State of Massachusetts, the State of Rhode Island, federal government organizations, as well as private business users. Major metropolitan areas using Pictometry® include Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Applications include 9-1-1, appraisers, assessors, emergency management agencies, engineering, financial institutions, fire departments, GIS, golf communities, homeland security, insurance, law enforcement, planning officials, real estate, and transportation. Pictometry is a second order visualization tool that does not produce authoritative or definitive information (surveying) from its digital, aerial images. For more information on Pictometry, visit www.pictometry.com .

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