Multispectral cameras of geo-konzept

In remote sensing, multispectral cameras became an indispensable tool for analyzing the vegetation from the air. This additional information e.g. provides the farmers with valuable information about the conditions of crops and plants.
Since many years geo-konzept is successfully cooperating with TETRACAM Inc. in the area of multispectral data acquisition. TETRACAM Inc. has been a pioneer in multispectral data acquisition since decades, guaranteeing the best image quality, robustness, flexibility and innovation. The different systems are in use from the ground and in the air on a multitude of flight systems.

TETRACAM Macaw (MCAW)

Operating in the air and on the ground!

The TETRACAM Macaw (MCAW – Multiple Camera Array Wireless) supplements the existing MCA series of TETRACAM with a flexible and powerful system.

The developers of TETRACAM have succeeded in further improving the unique performance features of the existing μMCA series. Based on the already known and widespread μMCA 6 Snap, this new camera system was developed. The main improvements are: 240 GB SATA SSD, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, multi-core processor, live image of each channel or different vegetation indices. In addition, the entire system is controlled and managed by an Open Source Linux operating system. The Open Source architecture sets nearly no limits to the user and independently automated sequences and software can be executed directly on the camera. The camera’s user interface is accessible via Wi-Fi connection with a PC or smartphone. Hence adjustments of the settings can be conducted very easily and quickly in the field. Thanks to the powerful quad-core processor, it is possible to run further background processes in addition to image data acquisition.

 

Here you can find the Macaw series of TETRACAM.
Here you can find the latest firmware for your TETRACAM Macaw.

Performance features

Real-time video of all channels or vegetation indices possible
— User interface: via web browser, interfaces: USB 3.0 or Wi-Fi
— Linux Open Source operating system (2GHz quad-core ARM CPU)
— High spatial resolution: 6 x 1.3 MPix CMOS Global “Snap” shutter
— High spectral resolution: each channel between 380 – 1000 nm
— Raw data formats: 8 bits or 16 bits, fast trigger interval possible (2 frames / second)
— Connection: TETRACAM u-ILS, UAV Autopilot systems, external GPS systems (NMEA, MavLink)
— Large data storage: 240 GB SSD SATA (up to 1 TB possible)
— Background processes: image processing, co-registration of channels, calculation of vegetation indices
— Low weight: MCAW6: 580 g
— Small dimensions: MCAW6: 115.6 x 80.3 x 68.1 mm

Data sheet

TETRACAM µMCA

The TETRACAM μMCA (micro multiple camera array) camera models replace the reliable former MiniMCA series. With the new μMCA models, you can create multispectral images of your crop area quickly, flexibly and cost-effectively as customary. With false color information from up to 12 channels, reliable yield forecasts and vegetation controls can be carried out. Multispectral surveys therefore are a valuable tool for cost-benefit analyses and make management decisions easier – at an unreached price-performance ratio!

The TETRACAM μMCA camera can be equipped with 4, 6 or 12 channels thanks to its modular design. The images have a very high resolution and provide a particularly high spectral resolution (380 – 1000 nm). Within this spectral sensitivity, a set of interchangeable standard bandpass filters can be arbitrarily selected. As a result, the μMCA models are characterized by a very high versatility in a wide range of applications.

Here you can find the latest firmware for your TETRACAM μMCA.

Performance features

Robust and resistant
— Fast interface USB 2.0
— Large data memory: 6 x 16 GB MicroSD
— Connection to TETRACAM u-ILS, UAV Autopilot, external GPS
— High spectral resolution: each channel between 380 – 1000 nm (variety of bandpass filters available)
— High spatial resolution: 1.3 megapixel CMOS sensor (1280 x 1024 pixels) – Rolling shutter / Global shutter
— Different raw data formats: 8 bit and 10 bit formats
— Small dimensions: μMCA4 / μMCA6: 115.6 x 80.3 x 68.1 mm – μMCA12: 115.6 x 155 x 68.1 mm
— Low weight: μMCA4: 497 g – μMCA6: 530 g – μMCA12: 1160 g

Data sheet

TETRACAM µMCA FLIR / UV

Modular design and high flexibility of application areas

On the one hand, the number of channels that is recorded can be selected and changed by the customer. On the other hand, the systems have a high flexibility in spectral sensitivity due to their architecture. In addition to the monochrome sensors (380 – 1000 nm) installed in the μMCA, there is also the possibility to use sensors outside this sensitivity.

Tetracam µMCA + FLIR Tau 2
With the TETRACAM μMCA + FLIR, it is possible to expand the μMCA 6 Snap by a FLIR Tau 2 sensor. Thus an image of the FLIR Tau 2 is recorded and stored synchronously with the six images of the μMCA. The result is a co-registered bundle of images by the μMCA 6 Snap and the FLIR Tau 2 sensor. The FLIR Tau 2 IR sensor also is available in two different models with varying resolution.
Here you can find the latest firmware for your TETRACAM μMCA + FLIR Tau 2.

Performance features
TETRACAM μMCA 6 Snap, 6 x 1.3 Megapixel CMOS Sensor (1280 x 1024 pixels) – Global Shutter + FLIR Tau2 (640 x 512 or 336 x 256 pixels)
— Large data storage: 7 x 16 GB MicroSD
— MultilayerTiff μMCA 6 Snap + FLIR Tau 2
— Small dimensions: μMCA6 + FLIR: 115.6 x 155 x 68.1 mm
— Low weight: μMCA6 + FLIR: 850g

Tetracam µMCA RGB / UV
The standard configuration of a μMCA 6 Snap consists of six monochrome sensors with the sensitivity between 450 – 950 nm. In this spectral range, the user can arbitrarily select and change the filter assignment. Beside these standard sensors, it is also possible to replace one of the sensors with an RGB or UV sensor.

Performance features
TETRACAM μMCA 6 Snap (UV / RGB), 6 x 1.3 Megapixel CMOS Sensor (1280 x 1024 pixels) – Global Shutter
— RGB Sensor: 1.3 MPix, Global Shutter
— UV Sensor: 1.3 MPix, Global Shutter (380-10 nm or 400-40 nm)
— Large data storage: 6 x 16 GB MicroSD (expandable)
— Connection to TETRACAM u-ILS, UAV Autopilot, external GPS
— Small dimensions: μMCA6 (UV / RGB): 115.6 x 80 x 68.1 mm
— Low weight: µMCA RGB / UV: 530 g

Data sheet

TETRACAM RGB + 3

Near-infrared combined with RGB sensor

The camera system RGB + 3 of TETRACAM is the perfect combination for multispectral data acquisition in different near infrared bands combined with a separate RGB sensor in the visible range.
The RGB + 3 is part of the TETRACAM MCA (Multiple Camera Array) camera series. The RGB +3 has the same features and advantages of a μMCA and is comparable in its architecture and specifications to a TETRACAM μMCA 4 Snap.

The big difference to the μMCA 4 Snap however is the combination of one RGB sensor and three sensors in the near-infrared range: the bandpass filter configuration of the three monochrome channels nevertheless is not fixed and can be chosen in the range of the spectral sensitivity (450-950 nm). Therefore on the one hand the RGB + 3 is characterized by the same flexibility as the μMCA camera systems and the user gets a wide range of different applications areas. On the other hand, the RGB image allows you to create your own layer with information from the visible range and a digital RGB orthophoto can be created quite easily and fast.

Here you can find the latest firmware for your TETRACAM RGB + 3.

Performance features

1 x 1.3 MPix RGB Sensor (1280 x 1024) Global Shutter: Red (570-700 nm), Green (480-550 nm), Blue (400-470 nm)
— 3 x 1.3 MPix Monochrome Sensors (1280 x 1024), Global Shutter: NDVI Red (680 nm), Red Edge (700 nm), NDVI NIR (800 nm)
— Easily accessible control panel
— Combination of RGB and different spectral bands
— Small dimensions: RGB + 3: 115.6 x 80.3 x 50 mm
— Low weight: RGB + 3: 400 g

Data sheet

TETRACAM u-ILS

Incident Light Sensor (ILS)

The extent of plant’s reflection in certain radiation values is subject to a whole range of factors that can make data interpretation difficult. The influencing factors are not always on the plant’s side. There can be atmospheric conditions (e.g. cloudiness, humidity, daytime or air pollution) or different camera settings that may contribute to varying radiation levels as well. The problem can be solved by an Incident Light Sensor (ILS), which generates a simultaneous recording of the sun radiation in the corresponding wavelengths for each multispectral channel of the camera. The calibrated back-radiation can be calculated of the two measured values.
The u-ILS is optionally available for ADC, μMCA and MCAW systems. It is equipped with a standard 16 GB Micro SD card, a WiFi and USB 2.0 interface and a user-friendly web interface. An expansion to the ILS is also possible for a variety of other TETRACAM camera models without any problems.

The TETRACAM ILS can be used from the air or the ground. When used in the air, the ILS is mounted on the flight system in addition to the camera. The values of the global radiation are transferred to the camera and stored there. When used on the ground, the ILS is not mounted on the flight system and can record the measured values on the ground, while the flight system records data in the mission flight. Afterwards the acquired values are processed and corrected in the TETRACAM software PixelWrench2.

Here you can find the latest firmware for your TETRACAM ILS.

Performance features

Measurement of global radiation for calibrated ground surveys (measuring rate: 1 sec)
— u-ILS ground station: can record measurements on the ground independently of the camera
— u-ILS flight system: can be used simultaneously with the camera on the flight system
— User interface: via web browser, interfaces: Wi-Fi and USB 2.0
— Optional for ADC, μMCA and Macaw available
— Up to 12 bandpass filters are arbitrary
— 16 GB MicroSD data storage
— Small dimensions: 73 x 39 x 32 mm
— Low weight: 70g

Data sheet

TETRACAM AWC

Agricultural Wireless Camera (AWC)

The TETRACAM AWC (Agricultural Wireless Camera) camera is part of the TETRACAM ADC series. The AWC has a sensor, which is also designed for wavelengths over 520 nm and in the near infrared range (NIR) up to 920 nm. The bandwidths in the red, green and NIR range correspond to the TM2, TM3 and TM4 bands of the Landsat Earth observation satellites.
Multispectral and NIR cameras are used to analyze the biological activity and health of plants. You can quickly and easily perform reliable yield forecasts and vegetation controls with multispectral images. Decisions on successful management become easier and better! With the AWC camera, you can also monitor and document the success of your treatments over years. The TETRACAM AWC camera has a comparable camera controller to the MCAW camera system. The control and user interface is also based on an Open Source Linux operating system and a connection with any smartphone or PC via Wi-Fi is possible.
The TETRACAM AWC camera is equipped with an Incident Light Sensor (ILS), which is connected to the camera. In combination with the ILS, it is possible to get even better and calibrated images or values. The camera system detects the reflected radiation by the ground and simultaneously the incoming global radiation via the ILS. Hence it is possible to compare the data from different flights.

Here you can find the latest firmware for your TETRACAM AWC.

Performance features

Real-time video image possible
— User interface: via web browser
— Interfaces: USB 2.0, Wi-Fi or serial input (RS232)
— Linux Open Source operating system (2GHz quad-core ARM CPU)
— Wavelength: NIR: 700-920 nm / red: 500-600 mm / green: 600-700 mm
— Multipin I/O connector for video out, GPS, Trigger
— Integrated TETRACAM Incident Light Sensor (ILS)
— 2 Megapixel CMOS sensor (2048 x 1536 Pixel) – Rolling Shutter
— Trigger interval: approx. 1 image / second
— AWC – Weight: 80 g

Data sheet

TETRACAM ADC

Applicable in aircraft and UAV!

The TETRACAM ADC (Agricultural Digital Camera) is a digital camera with a sensor designed for wavelengths over 520 nm and near infrared (NIR) up to 920 nm. The bandwidths in the red, green and NIR range correspond to the TM2, TM3 and TM4 bands of the Landsat Earth observation satellites.
Multispectral and NIR cameras are used to analyse the biological activity and health of plants. Hence quickly and easily reliable yield forecasts and vegetation controls can be performed through multispectral images. Decisions on successful management becomes easier and better! With the ADC camera, you can also monitor and document the success of your treatments over years. For the best results, several camera systems have been developed for different applications, areas of operation and flight systems. All TETRACAM ADC cameras are perfect for the use in UAVs. Basically, the ADC cameras can be divided into Rolling Shutter and Global “Snap” Shutter systems.

Cameras with Rolling Shutter Sensor:

  • ADC Lite
    Designed for UAV applications (< 200 g)
    Exchangeable C-mount optics
  • ADC Micro
    Ultra-lightweight version of the ADC camera (90 g) for the use in small UAVs with low payload

Camera with Global Shutter Sensor

  • ADC Snap
    Ultra-lightweight version of the ADC camera (90 g) for use in fast or low-flying UAVs with corresponding high image and geometry quality

 

Here you can find the latest firmware for your TETRACAM ADC.

Performance features

Wavelength ranges: NIR: 700-920 nm / red: 500-600 mm / green: 600-700 mm
— Multipin I/O connector for video out, GPS, Trigger
— Optional TETRACAM u-ILS
— 1.3 Megapixel CMOS Sensor (1280 x 1024Pixels) – Global “Snap” Shutter
— 3.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor (2048 x 1536 Pixels) – Rolling Shutter
— ADC Lite – Weight: 200 g, Dimensions: 117 x 76 x 61 mm
— ADC Micro – Weight: 90 g, Dimensions: 75 x 59 x 33 mm
— ADC Snap – Weight: 90 g, Dimensions: 75 x 59 x 33 mm

Data sheet