Overwatch's LIDAR Analyst(R) 5.1 Software Delivers New High-Resolution 3D
Imagery and Analytics
Software Loads and Displays Data Files Containing More Than a Billion Points
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Overwatch, a strategic
business of Textron Systems Advanced Systems, an operating unit of Textron
Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today the release of
version 5.1 of its LIDAR Analyst® software. The premier software for managing
LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data now delivers mission-critical
high-resolution 3D exploitation.
LIDAR Analyst's new 3D Viewer enables visualization, analysis and
dissemination of 3D data. It efficiently loads and displays LIDAR data sets in
excess of a billion points, allowing analysts to keep up with the rapid growth
and use of LIDAR. The 3D Viewer is tightly integrated into LIDAR Analyst and
handles all of the standard data formats used by geospatial intelligence
"We've taken our leading LIDAR data extraction product and added powerful 3D
visualization capabilities that make the software an even more valuable
resource for a wide range of military, commercial and government
applications," explains Overwatch Vice President of Geospatial Solutions Skip
Maselli. "For instance, mission planners will benefit from LIDAR Analyst 5.1's
ability to do a variety of high-resolution 3D analytics from vertical
obstruction tasks to complex automated feature extraction that aid in decision
making and terrain and urban product development."
LIDAR Analyst users are now able to perform real-time data analysis, including
radial line-of-sight, buffer zone analysis, landing zones and 3D mensuration.
To facilitate dissemination of the data and analysis, the 3D Viewer includes
tools to export a fully interactive scene to a 3D PDF document or information
to display in Google Earth®.
In addition, LIDAR Analyst 5.1 includes an option for distributed processing
that breaks data into manageable pieces to distribute across a cluster of
workstations. This enhancement can reduce overall processing time by orders of
magnitude, dramatically increasing analysts' efficiency.
Introduced in 2005 as an Esri ArcGIS® extension, LIDAR Analyst's reliably
transforms raw LIDAR data into useful 3D models. By attributing nearly 100
percent of building and tree features, LIDAR Analyst enables GEOINT analysts
to capture and exploit 3D data sets within centimeters of sensor accuracy. It
is used by hundreds of organizations, ranging from federal agencies and
state/local governments to universities and GIS providers needing automated
extraction of high-quality ground, forest and building features from airborne
Overwatch will soon begin shipping copies of the LIDAR Analyst 5.1 upgrade to
existing customers who have active maintenance plans. A demonstration of the
software is available by calling (800) 937-6881.
Public Relations Team
Overwatch, a strategic business of Textron Systems Advanced Systems, an
operating unit of Textron Systems, is the leading provider of integrated
intelligence software solutions and services as well as robust satellite
communications systems for today's U.S. and international defense and
intelligence communities. For the past 20 years, Overwatch's intelligence
solutions have supported decision makers, counter-terrorism analysts,
warfighters and first responders by providing proven tools that simplify the
integration, analysis and exploitation of intelligence in order to present a
complete operational picture and accelerate the time-to-decision. More
information is available at www.overwatch.com.
About Textron Systems Advanced Systems
Textron Systems Advanced Systems brings together cutting-edge technologies and
far-reaching innovations to satisfy emerging customer demands for reliable,
affordable solutions in the areas of security; intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance; and medical research.Its strategic business Overwatch is a
leading provider of intelligence software solutions and robust satellite
communications systems for U.S. and international defense, intelligence and
law enforcement communities. The Advanced Systems business also continues
efforts on light arms technologies and unmanned systems such as the Common
Unmanned Surface Vessel, or CUSV, conceived by AAI. Another strategic
business, Medical Numerics, providesprocessing and analysis software for
medical imaging research. Textron Systems Advanced Systems is an operating
unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems has been providing innovative solutions to the defense,
homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years.
Headquartered in Providence, R.I., the company is known for its unmanned
aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent
battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions,
precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total
life cycle sustainment and operational services. Textron Systems includes AAI
Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, AAI Unmanned Aircraft
Systems, Advanced Systems, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical
Numerics, MillenWorks, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine &
Land Systems. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of
aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with
innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its
powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen,
Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is
available at www.textron.com.
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