Applanix Introduces Software Version 3.0 for POSTrack with Digital Elevation Module Support for Aerial Mapping Operations

SAN DIEGO , — April 27, 2010 — Aimed at simplifying and improving the productivity of aerial mapping operations, Applanix introduced today software version 3.0 for POSTrack™, its industry-leading Direct Georeferencing and Flight Management System.

The announcement was made at the ASPRS 2010 conference.
In order to perform efficient and accurate mapping over rapidly changing terrain, especially mountainous and coastline areas, software version 3.0 for POSTrack incorporates a worldwide ASTER digital elevation model (DEM) product for flight planning. The DEM is used to automatically and quickly determine the optimal flight path to fly an aircraft to best meet the acquisition requirements of photo scale, ground sample distance and image overlap, ensuring that the highest quality map products are produced from each and every flight.

Using the DEM and real-time position and orientation information computed from the tightly-integrated POS AV GNSS-inertial system, software version 3.0 for POSTrack also automates the manual tasks of an aerial survey mission to include:

  • maintaining forward overlap and ensuring that stereoscopic coverage is sufficient in the direction of flight
  • ensuring there is enough lateral overlap and that there are no gaps due to terrain or pilot errors
  • controlling the camera forward motion compensation system

“The improved logistics, simplicity of use and accuracy using version 3.0 for POSTrack with DEM support greatly increases the productivity of aerial mapping” said Joe Hutton, Director of Airborne Products at Applanix. “Applanix remains committed to being a leading provider of productivity tools for aerial mapping, and the latest version of POSTrack once again demonstrates this.”

In addition to the DEM support, version 3.0 for POSTrack also includes productivity enhancements such as the ability to import background maps from Google Earth, and to export flight plans and actual coverage flown as KML files.

Software version 3.0 for POSTrack is available today through the Applanix sales network. For more information about the system, visit


Applanix, a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB), develops, manufactures, sells and supports products and solutions for Mobile Mapping and Positioning. Applanix’ Position and Orientation Systems ( POS ) are used in a variety of applications, including road profiling, GIS data acquisition, aerial surveying and mapping, railroad track maintenance and seafloor mapping. Established in 1991, Applanix supports customers around the world with exceptional service.


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