Geographic technology provider ESRI is bringing its desktop aerial image processing solution out of beta. The company announced Drone2Map for ArcGIS 1.0 is now available with features that allow drone operators to map, analyze and share across the ArcGIS platform.
"Novices and experts alike can use Drone2Map to process still imagery captured by drones and use that imagery right away," said Lawrie Jordan, director of imagery at ESRI. "Processing imagery used to be complicated and take days or even weeks. Now it can be done on the fly. By adding imagery to a map, people gain that next level of situational awareness."
As an effort to reduce costs and multiple trips, the Drone2Map software will confirm when a drone has captured all the desired imagery. This helps provide a reliable, affordable and effective solution for land analysis and infrastructure inspection and monitoring, according to the company.
"Drones can travel places that may be dangerous for people, and they prove a more affordable alternative to conventional means of image capture," Jordan said. "With Drone2Map, on-demand imagery can be used in ArcGIS to provide a clear, accurate picture of any asset or area."
Other features include the ability to search, discover and retrieve imagery; detect changes over time; extract features to quickly identify and discover insights; create orthomosaics and 3D meshes; build products with 2D and 3D mapping templates; make scene layer packages; work offline; and import and create ground-control pots.
ESRI also recently announced its ArcGIS technology is being integrated on the DroneDeploy platform. The solution is currently available as a beta.