Los Angeles, CA (August 2006), Panoscan, Inc., a Los Angeles based manufacturer of ultra-high-resolution digital panoramic camera products, for law enforcement and forensic applications, today announced the delivery of five complete Panoscan MK-3 camera systems to the Dutch National Police.
The choice of Panoscan's MK-3 was the result of an exhaustive search. Panoscan's European distributor, the RolleiMetric Department of Rollei GmbH, in Braunschweig, Germany arranged for the rental of two MK-3 systems, so that the Dutch Police could test the Panoscan images with a variety of point cloud scanners. Panoscan's ultra high resolution images were successfully applied as texture mapping to laser generated point clouds, creating photo realistic 3-D models of crime scenes. After a four month test period, the Dutch National Police chose Panoscan for this innovative approach to crime scene documentation.
"We are very pleased with the greater potential of this proof of concept ." said Panoscan President and MK-3 designer, Ted Chavalas. "The marriage of high resolution panoramic images with laser generated point cloud models successfully demonstrated by the Dutch National Police in crime scene recreation, can also be used in a variety of homeland security and anti-terror applications.
The MK-3 is up to eight times faster than any digital panoramic camera in the world, with a capture rate of up to 260 million pixels per minute. An ISO of 3200 and beyond, even at full resolution settings, makes the MK-3 up to four times more light sensitive than any other panoramic camera, digital or film. This impressive capability makes it possible to shoot in both very low and very bright light situations. This feature is particularly valuable in crime scene capture, where lighting is seldom ideal.
Panoscan products are the choice for a growing number of applications, including law enforcement, homeland security, military, tourism, school safety, auto interior capture, animation, special effects and HDRi.
Panoscan law enforcement owners include: The Los Angeles Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the San Bernardino and Kern County, CA Sheriff's Departments, Whittier, CA P.D., Tulsa, OK P.D., Arlington County, VA P.D., Alexandria, VA P.D., the Anti-Terriorist Unit of the Victoria P.D. in Australia, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army Aberdine Proving Ground.
About Panoscan Inc.
Panoscan, a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of high-resolution digital panoramic camera products uses a combination of proprietary hardware and software to produce fully digital panoramic images which require little if any post production. The Panoscan System allows real-time viewing of scanned images as still photos or Quicktime or Java enabled virtual reality movies -- representing a breakthrough in speed, quality and ease of use for immersive panoramic imaging.
More information about the company and its innovative products and applications can be found at www.panoscan.com.