Bluesky teams up with Cyclomedia to create virtual city models

Aerial mapping company, Bluesky International, is working with Dutch mobile mapping provider, Cyclomedia, to bring together imagery and height data, captured from the air and at street level.

Cyclomedia currently captures and processes around 375,000 miles of 360-degree panoramic street level images and LiDAR data worldwide, which is equivalent to 30 million recordings a year.

Using AI-powered analytics, the data provides large scale systematic visualisations of physical environments, using specialised technology, from moving vehicles.

Using its hybrid airborne sensors, Bluesky has already flown many UK cities. Simultaneously capturing ultra-high resolution oblique and vertical aerial photography together with highly accurate LiDAR data, these Bluesky MetroVista products can provide large area aerial context for Cyclomedia’s street level detail.

“By bringing together two best of breed solutions, in a single platform, we are ever closer to fulfilling the growing demand for true virtual cities available from the desktop,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Leicestershire-based Bluesky International. “Cyclomedia has been a pioneer in the field of mobile mapping for 40 years and has completed projects around the world so was a perfect fit for Bluesky.”

“Working with Bluesky we can ensure that users are getting the best of both worlds,” added Duncan Guthrie, vice-president, Europe at Cyclomedia. “We now have city-wide coverages achieved through aerial acquisition complementing street-level fidelity from our vehicle mounted sensors. Accessible through a single platform this will enhance a host of customer applications that require up-to-date, accurate, photo-realistic 3D city models.”

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