4 Reasons to Use Hexagon Imagery Program (HxIP) as Basemap Layer

Written by hugh.baertlein on July 13th, 2015

The Hexagon Imagery Program was announced last year at the HxGN 2014 User Conference. Check out the clip below of Leica Geosystems CEO Juergen Dold discussing the newest advancements to HxIP at HxGN 2015 .




I recently had the chance to speak with Belai Beshah, CTO of Valtus (www.valtus.com), to learn why a GIS professional should select to use the Hexagon Imagery Program (HxIP) as basemap layer for GIS data collection. Why not just use free imagery from the public domain? As you might imagine, Belai, with a MS in Digital Photogrammetry from The Ohio State University, has a few comments about digital imagery.

  1. If you have a Zeno20 with data services or any GIS application, you will love the delivery of the data. Switch on the Zeno 20 and select and activate the HxIP layer. The imagery loads in the background as you work. No data massaging needed. 30 cm resolution, overlayed on your local coordinate system. The cloud-based delivery is a huge time-saver.
  2. With HxIP images your Intellectual Property rights are clearly known. You own your geospatial data used in conjunction with the imagery and very liberal licenses for derived products; especially for those that don’t directly compete with the imagery. If you are using some “free” imagery from the public domain you might want to study the fine print before you click "Download".
  3. Accuracy is never in question. HxIP has well defined positional accuracy standards that adhere to national mapping accuracy standard as expected from Leica Geosystems sensors and workflow software. You can take that to the bank. When you are standing at a street corner, your Zeno20 GNSS pin is located in the correct location on the HxIP image. The data is current and has a well defined refresh rate. Coverage for the USA is planned for completion at the end of 2016.
  4. The image quality of HxIP data is outstanding; what you have come to expect from Leica Geosystems. All data within the HxIP dataset is collected with the latest Hexagon sensor technologies. In this video, Hexagon Geosystems CEO Juergen Dold explains the ecosystem supporting HxIP. In addition to the classical RGB data, HxIP also collects Near Infrared (NIR) on a 4th band. Even if you don’t need the NIR data for today’s work, you have a vegetation layer available if needed in the near future.

HxIP data is available from a number of sources, including Valtus, ESRI and Hexagon Geospatial.  If you have a Leica Zeno 20, HxIP is free for the first year. Even after the first year, the time savings from loading basemaps alone make the Hexagon Imagery Program a must have in your tool kit. You learn more about HxIP in this blog or on the Valtus website.

Thank you to Belai Beshah, CTO of Valtus, Inc. for his assistance in writing this blog.