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What is Pictometry?

Pictometry is the world's largest digital, oblique aerial photography company. The company develops and markets a sophisticated, integrated information system that allows users to have high-resolution images of neighborhoods, landmarks, roads, and complete municipalities from multiple views at the click of a mouse.

What does oblique mean?

Oblique is the technical term used to describe an aerial photograph that is taken at an angle. This means that a feature, such as a house, building, street light, fire hydrant etc. can be seen in its entirety. For instance with Pictometry, you can see the front door of a house, the back door, the windows etc.

What is the advantage of Pictometry?

Pictometry offers a significant advantage compared to traditional overhead photography by taking previously complex technologies, adding a wealth of new features, and then making it affordable and easy-to-use. The result is a revolutionary way to use aerial imaging that was unheard of just a few years ago.

What makes Pictometry images different from traditional aerial photography or satellite imagery?

There are many aspects of Pictometry that are dynamically changing the use of visual information systems and how organizations think about aerial imaging:

1. Georeferenced oblique images - Pictometry has broken new ground on providing metric oblique images that are accurately georeferenced down to the pixel level.

2. Instant recognition of any location - Because of their oblique nature, Pictometry images do not require advanced photo-interpretation skills in order to recognize features in the image. The data is presented from a view we are all used to seeing. Oblique simply means images were taken at an angle. This provides a vital benefit for first responders as they can more easily and quickly understand the area and surroundings of where they are going.

3. Client image library - Pictometry has created a centralized storage and delivery system that allows all of the images captured to be stored in a central repository and quickly queried at the click of a mouse to find all images that point to a region of interest.

4. Easy and intuitive - Pictometry has been designed to be both powerful and easy to use. With very little training, operators can become immediately productive with Pictometry's measurement tools.

5. Intelligent Images - Pictometry's all-digital, fully georeferenced images include all the data necessary to use the images without any required knowledge of coordinates, datums or projection systems. A user needs only to double click on an image and Pictometry does the rest.

6. High-Resolution - Pictometry's digital aerial photos allow viewers to see detailed information of building and land attributes attributes such as doors, windows, number of floors, building composition, roads, trees, and many other neighborhood features, yet they cannot be used to identify people or read license plates.

7. Renewable image libraries - Pictometry's image libraries are refreshed every two years, or more often if desired, allowing customers to analyze changes that have taken place over time.

How is Pictometry used?

There are endless applications for Pictometry. In essence, the only limit is your imagination. From 9-1-1 dispatching centers, homeland security and emergency management agencies, and first responders, to engineering firms, community planning agencies, and transportation departments, Pictometry provides visual information that lets you see everywhere, measure anything, and plan everything.


* Instantly view multiple images of caller location at time of call

* View alternate traffic routes to incidents

* View each address from multiple angles for entry and escape points

* Measure height, length, and width of buildings

* Provide remote guidance on location of electrical wires and other obstacles that might impair equipment or helicopter access

* Integrate third-party information such as dispatch software and records management systems

* Monitor foot chases through visual clues and provide assistance to officers on the scene

* Using visual clues, help identify true location of incidents that are called in that may not be the actual incident area.

Law Enforcement:

* Identify staging and surveillance areas

* Search, raid, and seizure planning

* Photo documentation for search warrant applications

* Traffic control analysis, evacuation planning, and routing

* Land/air coordination in search and rescue efforts

* Setup foot chase/crime-in-progress perimeters in seconds

* Turn night into day - winter into summer

* Historical archiving and accident reconstruction

* Logistical analysis

* Statistical mapping

Fire Departments:

* Preplan responses for major structures and facilities

* Locate and establish field command centers

* Measure hose distance from water sources and hydrants to fire

* Zoom in and inspect structural composition, roof layout, and access points

* Access structural inventories such as sprinklers and hazardous material lists

* View impact of wind direction on neighborhood for potential evacuations

* Integrate third-party data such as plume impact

* Send coordinates of house numbering systems to MDTs in vehicles en route





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