FAA Exemption, LIDAR Server and a New GeoCue Workflow

We have had a lot of things going on in August from finalizing a new client interface for LIDAR Server to receiving our Section 333 Exemption from the FAA. In addition we have started a new workflow integration project that will see a major image processing system hosted in Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In addition to a number of new software developments, we are embarking on offering cloud-hosted subscription services in several different areas. Earlier this year, we introduced Reckon, our AWS-hosted data management and access system for stockpile volumetrics and mine site mapping. This is a subscription service based on sites and data volumes. It relieves local quarry owners from the burdens of managing on-premises servers for housing digital mine site mapping data. Via a web interface, mine operators can rapidly view site data, download reports and analyze site changes over time. We are very pleased with this system and have already begun to host customer data. You can have a look through a demonstration site at www.airgon.net.

We have also just completed a major update to LIDAR Server. LIDAR Server allows you to store, visualize and distribute point cloud data via a rich JavaScript web interface. LIDAR Server can be hosted on a resident server or in a hosted environment such as Amazon Web Services. LIDAR Server is available as a purchased server software package or as a subscription service. We will soon be enhancing the client-side of LIDAR Server with direct launching of LP360, our workstation-based point cloud exploitation solution. If you are a local government who is receiving LIDAR data (perhaps via the USGS 3DEP), hosted LIDAR Server should be a serious consideration. Your data are securely hosted in AWS and managed by GeoCue. You pay a simple monthly subscription based on the amount of data that we are managing. You can test drive LIDAR Server at www.lidarserver.com. By the way, LIDAR Server is the technology selected by the US Department of Agriculture for their nationwide LIDAR data storage, browsing and dissemination.

On the AirGon front, we have decided to offer mine site volumetrics and topographic mapping services. In support of this, we applied for a Section 333 small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) Exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to enable us to fly mine sites. I am pleased to announce that this exemption was approved in August for our very own AV-900 Metric Mapping Kit. If you are a services provider, you may look at us and say “why should I purchase an AV-900 MMK from you? It looks as if you are going to be competing with me!” In reality, our goal is to evangelize sUAS technology to the surface mining community for efficient data collection. We are more than happy to turn collection services over to our service provider customers! It is simply that we have realized that mine site owner/operators want some proof that the technology actually works and a clear path to migrating from their current techniques. In fact, we have a very attractive revenue sharing program with Reckon for our service provider partners.

On the workflow front (the original core business of GeoCue), we have just been awarded a new project to build a complex image ordering, processing and discovery system in Amazon Web Services (are you beginning to see a pattern here?) This system will allow users that are geographically dispersed to participate in all aspects of the workflow. We are honored and excited to have been selected for this development. We have built a number of cloud hosted data management systems. This new project will prove that the time is now for cloud-hosted processing system. You will be hearing much more about this project as it develops.

Finally, we intend to do the formal release of LP360 at the beginning of October. We have added a few new capabilities since the EXP release as well as polished a few interfaces. Immediately following the release of 2015.1, we will be embarking on a major rework to the display subsystem of LP360. We now routinely encounter point clouds with high Z extent as well as very high densities (100’s to thousands of points per square meter). We are working hard to ensure that we remain the most responsive visualization platform for this type data.

Well, this month I see I have focused entirely on our technology (I can’t help it – this is exciting stuff!). Next month we’ll talk a bit of business again.

Best Regards,

Lewis

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