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NM Group selects Leica RCD30 cameras to capture electrical utilities with highest quality

5 August 2014

(Heerbrugg/Switzerland, August 5th, 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 colour 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 specialised aerial data acquisition applications for asset mapping. Delivering this customised 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, further commented “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 realise safety and reliability benefits whilst minimising costs. NM Group offers engineering solutions to specific and identifiable problems faced by asset owners that deliver value through efficiency, reliability or safety enhancements.

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
Revolutionising the world of measurement and survey for nearly 200 years, Leica Geosystems is the industry leader in measurement and information technologies. We create complete solutions for professionals across the planet. Known for innovative product and solution development, professionals in a diverse mix of industries, such as surveying and engineering, building and heavy construction, safety and security, and power and plant trust Leica Geosystems for all their geospatial needs. With precise and accurate instruments, sophisticated software, and trusted services, Leica Geosystems delivers value every day to those shaping the future of our world.

Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technology solutions that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial landscapes.


Communications Team
Leica Geosystems AG
CH-9435 Heerbrugg

Tel: +41 71 727 3534
E-Mail: media@leica-geosystems.com

The Leica RCD30

NM Group adds three sets of Leica RCD30 as a multi-angle camera system to its existing airborne LiDA