Well, it is now about 6 months since our first release of the True View 410 3D Imaging System (3DIS). As you know, this is the follow-on to our very successful Loki direct geopositioning system for drone photogrammetry.
The True View 410 includes the integrated sensor, full processing software and access to True View Reckon, our Amazon Web Services (AWS)-hosted “cloud” platform. An image of the sensor itself is shown as Figure 1.
There are a few features that I think make the True View 410 unique among what we might call “utility” class drone 3D imaging systems. By “utility”, I mean the sensor has applicability to a wide range of data collection scenarios and can be deployed on 80% of your projects (unless you are a specialty provider of services such as, for example, performing only wire collection work). The features that separate this system from all others of its class include:
All of the above is important, but the big two are integrated cameras and fully integrated software. In about two-thirds of the flight time (i.e. you can post-process an 18 minute flight in about 12 minutes), you can output a geocoded, ground classified, colorized 3D point cloud. This is truly high value Return on Investment!
Since the release of the first systems in October of 2019, we have seen the True View 410 used in a wide variety of scenarios with great success. Here are just a few example use cases:
Note in the above sample use cases the appearance more than once of emergency response. Unlike photogrammetry where it takes a number of hours to post-process images into a point cloud, the colorized point clouds from a True View 410 can be produced in a matter of minutes.
The True View 410 subscription model has been very popular with perhaps 60% of our True View systems being out on subscription. While our introductory pricing ended in March, the standard pricing is still quite a bargain. We continue to offer the program as a 1 month, 3 month or 12 month package. Starting a drone LIDAR program under a subscription model makes a lot of sense when you are unsure of the future of the business and you want to reduce risk.
The current coronavirus pandemic has forced us (like many of companies) to move to an online training model. We have our first session this month. These training sessions are aimed at users who will be deploying a True View system within the next month. For those of you who are a bit further out in your acquisition of a system, we are trying a new on-line True View Seminar. This is essentially a very in-depth, 3 hour seminar on the True View ecosystem with a lot of time interspersed for questions. We will be sending out notices for these sessions.
We have been steadily adding features to the True View Evo post-processing software and True View Reckon web services to add value to the resultant data and speed the process. Among the more significant developments that are related to True View processing (for additions to LP360 that are also in True View Evo that relate to general point cloud processing, see the article on LP360 in this issue):
We are constantly improving True View Evo/LP360; both to increase production throughout efficiency and to add new derivative products.
On the new development front are a few hardware products. The True View 250 is a dual camera direct geopositioning system designed for the DJI M200/M210 series drones (and the rumored M300). It uses the same GeoCue Mapping Cameras as the True View 410 at the same 25° off-nadir giving a 120° cross-track field of view. Like the True View 410, this oblique camera placement significantly improves the results of point clouds created via the structure from motion process (e.g. Metashape, Pix4D, Context Capture).
We also intend to bring our Riegl-based 3D Imaging Systems to market in late Q2 or early Q3. These will feature dual cameras and the Riegl miniVUX2. These sensors are aimed at specialty projects where higher accuracy and precision are required and project revenue can justify a higher cost sensor.
As you can see, the True View Ecosystem is a large and ongoing development area for our company. We see a bright future in drone mapping where rapid response and processing is the norm. We are really just at the front end of this exciting new technology. Look for more innovative products to roll out from us over the next several years.