Urban Robotics Releases Unparalleled Dense 3D Extraction Technology

Urban Robotics Rapidly Generates Massive 3D 2.2B Pixel Colorized Point Cloud of Mount St. Helens from 128 Images

Urban Robotics Inc., provider of cutting edge software and hardware solutions for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Remote Sensing and Geospatial applications, announces the release of their unparalleled Dense 3D Extraction technology, offering a fully automated, highly scalable solution that produces results rapidly from thousands of photos.


Urban Robotics specializes in large-scale 3D extraction using computer vision techniques, converting ordinary 2D imagery into a 3D space, pixel by pixel. "Our approach scales to very large numbers of images and does not require special cameras or rigorous calibration. There is great promise that this approach provides a viable alternative to LiDAR", said Geoff Peters, CEO, Urban Robotics.

Since 2008, Urban Robotics has been performing fully automated 3D image processing on over a petabyte of data as a standard part of their software pipeline. The technology was recently demonstrated by rapidly generating a massive 2.2B pixel colorized point cloud of Mt St Helens from 128 images. Urban Robotics' approach is unique in its ability to scale across large data sets by using proprietary cloud software running over hundreds of cores.

Dense 3D Extraction and 3D Reconstruction is well suited for applications such as large-scale 3D mapping, contour mapping, watershed analysis, powerline corridor mapping, harvest analysis and pipeline monitoring. Urban Robotics software has been applied to rotary, fixed wing, unmanned (UAV/UAS), vehicular and handheld imagery.

Urban Robotics technology was developed as a commercial solution, but has been primarily deployed in the public sector. The Dense 3D Extraction technology is sensor agnostic, can be applied to massive datasets and is scalable for cloud computing. To date over 14 million images have been processed under demanding conditions. Urban Robotics will expand into the commercial market through a new company Urban Robotics Commercial Ventures.

About Urban Robotics
Urban Robotics, founded in 2003, develops cutting-edge software and hardware solutions for 3D Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Remote Sensing and Geospatial applications, providing one-stop shopping for complete digital imagery systems, from collection to post-processing to data management. Products include aerial 3D EO and NearIR digital sensor systems, high performance aerial and ground computer clusters, and automated 3D algorithms and services for rapidly generating large mapping and modeling datasets. To find out more, please visit http://www.urbanrobotics.net.

Featured Product

BitFlow Introduces 6th Generation Camera Link Frame Grabber: The Axion

BitFlow Introduces 6th Generation Camera Link Frame Grabber: The Axion

BitFlow has offered a Camera Link frame grabbers for almost 15 years. This latest offering, our 6th generation combines the power of CoaXPress with the requirements of Camera Link 2.0. Enabling a single or two camera system to operate at up to 850 MB/S per camera, the Axion-CL family is the best choice for CL frame grabber. Like the Cyton-CXP frame grabber, the Axion-CL leverages features such as the new StreamSync system, a highly optimized DMA engine, and expanded I/O capabilities that provide unprecedented flexibility in routing. There are two options available; Axion 1xE & Axion 2xE. The Axion 1xE is compatible with one base, medium, full or 80-bit camera offering PoCL, Power over Camera Link, on both connectors. The Axion 2xE is compatible with two base, medium, full or 80-bit cameras offering PoCL on both connectors for both cameras. The Axion-CL is a culmination of the continuous improvements and updates BitFlow has made to Camera Link frame grabbers.