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Trimble launches new rugged handheld, photogrammetry suite at Intergeo

By on 31 October, 2018

Trimble’s Nomad 5 rugged tablet. Image provided by Trimble.

Trimble has revealed the Nomad 5, the next generation in its Nomad series of rugged handheld computers, and a major upgrade to its Inpho software suite at the Intergeo 2018 event in Frankfurt, Germany.

The new tablet features a 5-inch sunlight-readable touch screen and is based on an Android 8.1 operating system. Trimble claim the new device is intuitive to operate straight out of the box, and includes an ‘all-day’, user-replaceable battery.

Other notable specifications of the Nomad 5 are certified MIL-STD-810Go military specifications for ruggedness, programmable hard keys, and a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm processor.

A unique feature of the new tablet is a module bay that allows users to swap out replaceable modules such as RFID/Barcode, GNSS units or custom modules.

“The modular expansion system offers field workers the power to customise a mobile computing solution to their workflow,” said Ben John, business area director for Trimble Mobile Computing Solutions.

“Being able to swap functionalities to suit the job at hand as well as the flexibility to complete multiple tasks with one device gives organizations the confidence of knowing their investment is adaptable for future needs.”

Also announced at the event was version 9 of the firm’s Inpho photogrammetry software suite, featuring a new component, MATCH-3DX for 3D point cloud and orthomosaic creation.

According to the firm, the MATCH-3DX utilises semi-global matching (SGM) techniques that allow new levels of precision and quality when generating large scale point clouds, assisting with edge identification enabling the extraction of highly precise measurements, CAD objects or Digital Surface Models (DSM).

It also contains a feature Trimble calls ‘True Orthophoto’ that directly relates each pixel to terrain height, simplifying mapping and GIS data overlay.

“Inpho version 9 combines both classical photogrammetric processing with new true orthos and photorealistic textured mesh deliverables, all in a single software environment,” said Tim Lemmon, marketing director of Trimble Geospatial.

“Photogrammetrists can take advantage of the streamlined workflows and reduced training costs while having the ultimate flexibility to choose the workflow and deliverables best suited to their client’s needs.”

The Nomad 5 is anticipated to be available worldwide through Trimble distributors in late October, with Inpho 9 available in fourth quarter 2018.

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