Introducing the Leica ADS40 Second Generation Airborne Digital Sensor

Saves Time and Reduces Costs with New Dual Beamsplitter Technology Providing Perfectly Co-registered Color Images

(Norcross, Ga., 12 December 2006) Leica Geosystems today announced the introduction of the second generation Leica ADS40 airborne digital sensor.

Leica Geosystems first introduced large-format digital aerial cameras with its Leica ADS40 in 2001, and the company has now developed two new sensor heads, the SH51 and SH52, for the highly successful ADS40 system.

Equipped with patented Leica beamsplitter technology, the SH51 sensor head provides perfectly co-registered color, infrared and panchromatic images. The SH52 adds a second beamsplitter for perfectly co-registered stereo viewing of all image bands. These two new features allow users to employ the five-band co-registered imagery for all aerial surveying and airborne remote sensing applications. The ADS40 saves time and money by offering simultaneous, wide-area acquisition of true high-resolution panchromatic, color and color-infrared digital images.

The single-lens design of the Leica ADS40 eliminates the need for multiple-lens image patching and pan-colorizing (pan-sharpening) with low-resolution spectral band images that cause color distortion. This new product achieves optimal color fringe-free stereo viewing with a constant stereo viewing angle which provides an uncompromised geometric and radiometric representation of the earths surface.

The second generation Leica ADS40 is designed for versatility, premium performance, economical operation and exportability options.

"Since 1925, Leicas cameras and sensors have set the industry standard for airborne imaging technology. By producing imagery with equal resolution in all five bands, the Leica ADS40 second-generation sensor heads continue this tradition, said George Southard, director of digital imaging sales, Leica Geosystems, Inc. – Americas region. Pilot projects using the SH52 sensor head have just been completed for forestry and municipal applications. The results of the test projects were outstanding. The four-time (4x) increased sensitivity of these new sensor heads allows greater flexibility in the image acquisition for all applications including large-scale urban mapping. In addition, the ADS40s co-registered bands gave remarkable results for remote sensing image analysis. Ultimately, the ADS40, with the new SH51 and SH52 sensor heads, provides the highest quality and best performance capability in the aerial imaging market.

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