Oblique aerial imagery software debuts

Orbit GeoSpatial Technologies rolled out a new addition to its Mapping 10.5 portfolio, Orbit Obliques, the company’s first full-support software for oblique imagery.

Belgium-based Orbit GT develops software for managing, feature extraction, publishing, embedding and sharing mobile, UAS and aerial mapping data in workflows.

“This long-awaiting release emphasizes our engagement in bridging the gap between airborne and mobile mapping,” said Peter Bonne, Orbit vice president.

Oblique imagery is aerial photography captured at an angle, typically 45 degrees with the ground. Obliques allow for more accurate measuring than straight-down photography (nadir), since viewers can not only see the top of objects but the sides as well. Basically, oblique imagery resembles how people view their landscape compared to nadir imagery.

Orbit said oblique imagery can “add dramatic insight” in emergency situations, contingency planning, urban planning, and 3D city modeling.

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