Intergraph Certifies Z/I Imaging Digital Mapping Camera for DO-160D Aircraft Standard

Certification ensures reliability under stringent environment conditions and at higher altitudes

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 7, 2005 – Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions today announced it has certified the company’s Z/I Imaging DMCâ (Digital Mapping Camera) against the DO-160D aircraft standard. An important benchmark for the DMC system, it is now certified by Intergraph for altitudes up to 8000m or 26000 ft in non-pressurized aircraft. DO-160D certification is achieved through performing environmental conditions and test procedures to assess the equipment’s reliability and stability over a wide range of temperatures and altitudes, protection against shock and vibration, and precaution against electromagnetic interference (EMI), such as lightning and electrostatic discharge and susceptibility to radio frequency interference (RFI). DO-160D is recognized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as de facto international standard ISO-7137 and includes criteria for testing equipment for the entire spectrum of aircraft from light general aviation aircraft and helicopters through the “Jumbo Jets” and SST categories of aircraft. By certifying against an independent international standard, Intergraph is providing further confirmation of the DMC’s reliable performance. Certification ensures a reduced probability for failures, problems or down time.

 “To meet the high grade specifications set forth by DO-160D standard, the design of a camera system, including the use of high precision and stable components, is vital,” said Tim Mahoney, Executive Director, Earth Imaging Solutions Center, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions. “Investing in the assessment of the quality of our system through standards testing confirms our commitment to delivering reliable and high quality products to our customers worldwide.”

Demonstrated high performance of the DMC at 8000 meters means that non-pressured aircraft versus more expensive aircraft with pressured cabins can be used to fly a photo mission at higher altitudes. This results in a huge cost savings for photoflight companies, especially those that might perform remote sensing and agriculture monitoring aerial imagery collection. Examples of programs that can benefit include the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) or the European Commission, Joint Research Centre’s Monitoring Agriculture with Remote Sensing (MARS) Programme, which is working to enable farmers to more precisely determine their agricultural parcel boundaries and file more accurate subsidy applications.

The DMC, the industry’s only large format frame digital aerial camera system, can capture 36-bit color imagery with ground resolutions as small as 1½ inches per pixel. Imagery acquired with the DMC maintains high geometric and radiometric quality throughout each stage of the project lifecycle - mission planning, sensor management, photogrammetric production and client/server image management, storage and distribution. The DMC collects aerial frame imagery in panchromatic, color and color infrared bands simultaneously. This allows high-resolution end products – including black and white, panchromatic color and false-color infrared - to be generated from a single airborne data set.

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