We all know that Google Earth is great for visualizing an amazing array of information. However, sometimes it won’t support a need that you have and a creative solution must be found. Such is the case today with Skycomp and their “traffic flow visualization” tool. It’s no surprise to us that Paul van Dinther from PlanetInAction.com is the guy that made it happen — he’s built some amazing applications over the years, including the focus of yesterday’s post on the cruise ship Costa Concordia. His solution to help Skycomp is quite innovative.
There are two main components that come together to make this happen.
First you have Skycomp, who have found a cost effective way to collect aerial footage of the same location over a sustained period. This involves maintaining an accurate position of the helicopter and complex image alignment and correction.
You can try it for yourself by visiting www.planetinaction.com/skycomp/.
If you’d prefer, here’s a video that shows off how the system works:
For more info, check out the latest edition of the Skycomp newsletter.
The next stage of the application will introduce the capability to export the animation as a KMZ file for playback on Google Earth Desktop using the tour mechanism, which would be quite impressive and very useful for people in this field.