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August 14, 2014
NM Group Selects Leica RCD30 Cameras to Capture Electrical Utilities

NORCROSS, Ga., Aug. 5, 2014—Leica Geosystems is pleased to announce that NM Group has selected three sets of its latest Leica RCD30 aerial medium format cameras as a multi-angle camera system to capture infrastructure assets with the highest quality. These systems have been added to an existing airborne sensor suite to execute high-quality helicopter based corridor mapping.

This innovative solution with 80 megapixel resolution provides the highest possible detail available from a helicopter platform. A simultaneous full color and near infrared (NIR) downwards camera provides new opportunities to intelligently manage vegetation on asset corridors, in addition to the creation of high-quality imagery mosaics. The nadir-looking camera head is flanked by forward- and rearward-looking oblique camera heads, providing maximum detail on vertically oriented structural elements, such as insulators on transmission towers, as well as providing detail on other ground based assets.

"The Leica RCD30 cameras perfectly suit NM Group's highly specialized aerial data acquisition applications for asset mapping. Delivering this customized version of three Leica RCD30 camera heads, installed along with our third party LiDAR and flight management systems, shows the great flexibility of the Leica RCD30,” says Kevin Jacobs, CEO of NM Group. “Deploying the latest technology will allow NM Group to deliver a wider range of products and solutions. The ability to capture continuous downward and oblique imagery provides our clients with a richer dataset of the highest quality and accuracy, delivering even greater value.” 

“We are pleased that NM Group selected the world’s leading digital aerial medium format camera. Through its metric and multi spectral camera design, the RCD30 delivers highest image quality, thus providing the ideal solution for NM Group’s applications," says Mathias Motz, Regional Sales Manager for geospatial products at Leica Geosystems.

Nick Ferguson, Senior VP Business Development at NM Group, added: “These cameras have been integrated successfully with our new LiDAR sensor, creating the ideal data capture system for delivering our NM-ARROW™program to electrical utilities. This program enables the management of vegetation to regulatory standards while maintaining previous investments in transmission line thermal ratings by detecting otherwise unknown changes on RoWs.”

About NM Group

NM Group is a leader in the provision of high resolution mapping and surveying services for dispersed and complex assets across a range of sectors tailored to customers’ projects requirements. The company has the skills and expertise to provide innovative asset management and modelling services to help its customers realize safety and reliability benefits whilst minimizing costs. NM Group offers engineering solutions to specific and identifiable problems faced by asset owners that deliver value through efficiency, reliability or safety enhancements. 
http://www.nmgroup.com/

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right

With close to 200 years of experience pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3,800 employees in 33 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon, Sweden.

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