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probably be unimpressed to learn that only 10 percent of the data brings value to your operations. In many cases, the vast majority of pixels in a panoramic image are for reference and only small, concentrated areas of the image have any value to us. Why do we need high resolution images of va- por clouds, the sun, trees, the top of our collection vehicle (over and over again) lawns, etc., when all we really wanted to see are connection points at the top of a pole? Now, this is just an example, but perhaps you get the point – we’re likely overpaying for mobile imagery in many different ways. A Smarter Approach to Imagery

Enter the Leica Pegasus TRK. This system introduces the concept of SmartFusion Imagery. What this means is it deliv- ers the highest resolution information in the areas you actually care about, saving time and money in your capture and analysis. The new binocular“butterfly”cameras can be configured in horizontal or vertical configurations, giving a more deliberate and focused configuration as opposed to capturing absolutely everything within sight every time the cameras trigger. The horizontal configuration of these cameras is able to cover things immediately adjacent to the roadway in terms of signage, storefronts, guardrail and utility features. The vertical configuration covers bridge components, overhead utilities, tunnel details, building facades, etc. It is also possible to run one set horizontal and the other set vertical. The Pegasus TRK facilitates smart collection of assets in a very deliberate manner, allowing for a more cost-effective approach to mobile mapping. The “halo” or “sweep” of high-resolution images it produces provides a focused capture equivalent to what is captured on a 156MP panoramic camera, all due to concentrating on what is important and omitting everything else. Here is an example from the new Leica Cyclone Pegasus Office software and how it uses a 24MP panoramic camera for reference and colorization of the LiDAR, but then focuses in on important features in high resolution with the binocular “butterfly” cameras. This is a whole new approach to imagery in mobile mapping. One that is well thought out and brilliantly implemented, and not just for the sake of being different, but for the sake of being better. Better for the cost of ownership, better for collection and processing overhead, better for analysis… better for your business. About the Author: For over 20 years Jason Ellis has been an agent of change by way of technology and a passionate advocate of all things geospatial. Every day he works to help organizations transform their potential by exploring and implementing mobile reality capture solutions. As the North American mobile mapping sales and technical consultant for Leica Geosystems, he works closely with collaborators who are driving reality capture and helping to shape the landscape of the indus- try. Follow Jason on LinkedIn. For more stories on how technology improves surveying efficiency and quality, visit https://pure-surveying.com/insights. To learn more about solutions to maximize your surveying potential, get in touch with a surveying and engineering expert at Leica Geosystems.


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