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Definiens Releases Update for eCognition 8

eCognition support for LiDAR and Windows extended in latest release

(Munich, Germany / Alexandria, Virginia – April 6, 2010) Definiens, the number one Enterprise Image Intelligence® company and developer of eCognition® software for geospatial analysis, today announced the launch of its latest software update for earth science professionals: eCognition 8.0.1. Among the highlights of the newest release are support for Microsoft Windows 7 Professional and LiDAR point clouds in LAS 1.2 format.

“This release is very much about supporting our core users in how they use eCognition,” says Ralph D. Humberg, VP Earth Sciences. “We’re proud to be running on the latest version of the world’s most popular operating system and offering support for the latest LiDAR file format. In doing so, we’ve taken another step to extend our commitment to the future of LiDAR and object-based image analysis.”

Direct access to point clouds in native LAS format opens up new possibilities for applying object-based analysis methods to solve LiDAR classification tasks. Current work includes classification of ground and non-ground features, extraction of building outlines, impervious surface analysis, detection of power lines and encroaching vegetation, as well as water flattening. The ability to leverage the unique capabilities of object-based image analysis, such as local context as well as feature shape and texture, allows for the automation of processes that have traditionally involved substantial manual interaction.

Definiens in Earth Sciences

Definiens enables organizations involved in Earth Sciences to quickly extract accurate geo-information from any kind of remote sensing data. The company assists data providers, value adders, scientists and end users in integrating earth observation and remote sensing data to generate accurate GIS-ready information. Definiens’ intelligent feature extraction capabilities accelerate mapping, change detection and object recognition–delivering standardized and reproducible image analysis results. Further information is available at:

About Definiens

Definiens is the number one Enterprise Image Intelligence® company for analyzing and interpreting images on every scale, from microscopic cell structures to satellite images. The Definiens Cognition Network Technology®, developed by Nobel laureate Prof. Gerd Binnig and his team, is an advanced and robust context-based technology designed to fulfill the image analysis requirements of the Medical, Life and Earth Sciences markets. The technology is modeled on the powerful human cognitive perception processes to extract intelligence from images. Definiens provides organizations with faster image analysis results, allowing deeper insights enabling better business decisions. The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has offices in the United States. Further information is available at:

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