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A 1Gpixel Camera to Open the Markets of Aerial Data Acquisition


IMAO is the current European leader in the aerial data acquisition market. Resolve Optics is a small company internationally recognised in lenses development and manufacturing.

IMAO has developed for its own needs the largest worldwide camera, for aerial data acquisition. Its patented design, which associates three optical chambers, matrixes of sensors and specifically adapted lenses, represents a disruption in the field of aerial data acquisition.

With such a design, IMAO has created a camera prototype with a 660Mpixel resolution, which can be further improved to reach 1Gpixel by 2020. Other large format cameras are limited to 250Mpixels and their design, due to optics and mechanical constraints, cannot allow a better resolution.

This resolution opens up the market of aerial data acquisition. Flight time is reduced by 2. Data acquisition cost is cut by 4. Images can be shoot at higher altitude.

Flights over cities will not need special authorisations any longer. Images for Google maps, construction sites and other needs will be more frequent, refreshed more frequently. Flights over large areas will be facilitated for mapping and surveillance.

This resolution represents a technological and a usage gap in the market of aerial data acquisition. IMAO has already received several letters of interest from worldwide stakeholders in aerial data acquisition to participate in our Very Interested People program to benefit from our camera.

The AERIAL BCP project objectives are to develop IMAO and Resolve Optics production and test capacities to supply cameras according to market demand. Pilot tests will be performed to optimise it and bootstrap our market access.

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€ 1 275 185,63
81 Avenue De L'aeroport
87100 Limoges

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Nouvelle-Aquitaine Limousin Haute-Vienne
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 546 508,12

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United Kingdom
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€ 406 860,13
Unit 3 Ashridge Road
HP5 2PT Chesham

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Buckinghamshire CC
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€ 174 368,62