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Low-cost, easy-to-use and reliable road mapping

Road mapping is needed for many Geographical Information System applications, such as road signals management and maintenance, cadastral operations, updating of existing maps and mapping of urban technological networks. An Italian research organisation has patented a new low-cost mobile mapping system for road tracking called Orthoroad.
Low-cost, easy-to-use and reliable road mapping
Current land-based Mobile Mapping Systems (MMS) for automatically collecting roadway inventory data are quite complex. They use technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) for collecting geo-referencing data and are often too expensive for many applications.

Orthoroad is based on a novel approach characterised by low-cost components and minimal equipment. It produces road maps by constructing a mosaic of automatically corrected and aligned images along with indirect geographical referencing. It is easy to use and gives reliable results for 1:2000 scale two-dimensional applications. In addition, the system is less expensive compared to full-featured mobile mapping systems.

The patented system is of particular interest for mapping urban areas where a set of known geo-referenced points typically already exists. It can also be used for updating existing road maps, where geo-referenced points have already been captured. Further, it is suitable for mapping short paths, where the cost of full-featured MMS would be too high.

The research group is currently investigating and studying further developments for the system, aiming, in particular, to adapt the system for use in irregular roads and to make it totally automated.

The company is interested in collaboration with any stakeholders involved in topography, photogrammetry, geographical information systems and related public services. It is looking for industrial and technical partners to optimise and engineer the system, and research centres interested in improving the system. It is also interested in co-operation with producers and distributors of mapping systems and with public bodies in charge of maintaining road-mapping systems.
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