Accurate Data is our FoundationTM

From millimeter to sub-millimeter relative accuracy in the data output,
you can choose the necessary field-of-view, standoff distance and depth-of-field
required depending on your choice of lenses and processing settings.

What’s in the box

Inertial Sense GPS

• (2) Sony a7 RIV bodies

• (3) Lenses

• Filters - UVA

• Inertial Sense GPS

• Sensor computer

• Cables/Connectors

• Arca

• Gimbal

• DJI Matrice 600 Pro

Applanix DG GPS

• (2) Sony a7 R IV bodies

• (3) Lenses

• Filters - UVA

• Applanix DG GPS

• Sensor computer

• Cables/Connectors

• Arca

• Gimbal

• DJI Matrice 600 Pro

The MACS difference

DJI Phantom 4
DJI Phantom 4
DJI Inspire X5S
DJI Inspire X5S

We offer two GPS options

Recommended Use Cases



Inertial Sense GPS

Recommended Use Cases

  • Cell Towers
  • Utility Towers
  • Utility Substations
  • Small Area Collections where asset measurement is a priority


  • Provides 2 pixel or better relative millimeter class measurement accuracy
  • Payload GPS/IMU provides orientation information for Mapping-Grade Products
  • Lowest cost GPS/IMU solution available


  • Reliability of 3D production affected if GPS outages or low PDOP
  • Absolute positional accuracy in range of 2-50 cm RMS (lower than other alternatives)
Applanix DG GPS

Recommended Use Cases

  • Mapping
  • Oil and Gas
  • Rail
  • Commercial Construction
  • Larger area collection where asset location and measurement is a priority


  • Provides 2 pixel or better relative millimeter class measurement accuracy
  • Payload GPS/IMU provides orientation information for Mapping-Grade Products
  • Post-processed DG Data for consistent 2 cm RMS positional accuracy – more robust to GPS error Reliable DG GPS data reduces post-processing
  • Labor time and processing risk


  • Higher cost than other GPS solutions Requires separate PosProc Software Trimble
  • Applanix POSPac UAV license required

Included VI Software

+ VI software for pre-flight planning, AutoNav, QC, filtering, rotation, geotagging and automation with Bentley Context Capture via .api and customer’s Bentley Context Capture license.

Maintenance costs are 30% of purchase price per year for full Hardware and Software maintenance and support. Includes full replacement of gimbal, motors, camera body reconditioning and calibration of system; as well as all updates and continued licensing of the VI software necessary for operation.

36-month Leases starting at $3,495/month for the Inertial RTK and $3,995 for the Applanix DG system, all-inclusive of turnkey system and maintenance and support included for 3 years.

If you choose to use your own M600 or other drone capable of carrying 4.5kg, then the lease price starts at $2,950/month, all-inclusive of the hardware, software, annual maintenance and support for 36-months.

Choose your own drone
and gimbal

Customer can choose their own UAS.
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What is the best RELATIVE accuracy I can achieve with the MACS 3D ARRAY?

The best relative accuracy is a function of 2-3.5 times the GSD.  For example a GSD of 0.8mm will yield a relative accuracy between 1.6 – 3.6mm.

When inspecting a tower or tall structure, how close do you need to be in order to get millimeter level relative accuracy?

We typically fly as close as 13m from the tower in order to achieve sub-millimeter relative accuracy.

What kind of GSD would I expect to get with the MACS 3D ARRAY on a cell tower?

We typically receive GSDs of between 0.8 – 2.0mm on a cell tower inspection.

Can I use both an 85mm and 55mm lens when performing a vertical structure inspection?

Yes, however we suggest that the 55mm lens be put on the VI1 camera (bottom camera) so that the auto navigation can compute the best flight profile.

Can Visual Intelligence process my images and produce work products like Orthos, Point Clouds and Mesh Models?

Please follow the link herein to see the services available from Visual Intelligence:

How long does it take to process a set of images from a mapping or inspection mission?

This depends upon the number of images and the GSD.  On a 100ft tower it typically takes 24-48 hours to receive a product from our online cluster services.  A 200ft tower may take 30-52 hours and a 400ft tower can take as long as 48-72 hours.

Can I use any 3D reconstruction software?

Yes, any SW that can read or use geotagged imagery

How big are the datasets, how much storage will I need to purchase?

It varies on the size/number of images but ~ 100GB for 100ft tower

Can this data go into a GIS platform easily?

Yes, the data is created in industry standard data formats for ingest to COTS platforms

Do you provide help on processing the data?

Yes, we provide processing as a service


What types of deliverables are you able to produce with the MACS 3D ARRAY?

Customers can utilize the images as 2D or 3D images where 2D would represent either a single image and/or using an orthomosaic map to view an area from above in two dimensions and 3D would include using either a point cloud or mesh model for gaming-like emersion.

How many images can I take with the MACS 3D ARRAY before I need to copy them off the card?

 Each 128GB card can hold approximately six thousand images or one hour and forty minutes if taking images once per second.

How long can the drone stay in the air before I need to land?

 The MACS 3D ARRAY is mainly sold configured to a DJI M600, although it is truly drone agnostic.  When carried by the M600, the drone can safely maintain twenty-two minutes of flight with newer batteries, and between twelve to fourteen minutes with an older set (> 100 charges).

How many acres can I map with one battery set?

This is dependent upon the GSD (Ground Sample Distance) required by the flight.  If we take a flight @ 400 feet AGL (Above Ground Level), the following would be our capture area assuming and image is taken every two seconds with both cameras to the side of each other (a wider landscape or “mapping mode”): (A) 85mm on both cameras yield a GSD of 3mm and the sensor can image 6 acres in a single 22 minute flight (B) 55mm on both cameras yield a GSD of 5mm and the sensor can image 14 acres in a single 22 minute flight (C) 35mm on both cameras yield a GSD of 8mm and the sensor can image 39 acres in a single 22 minute flight.

What kind of lenses come with the sensor?

The MACS 3D ARRAY is outfitted with two eight-five millimeter, two fifty-five millimeter, and two thirty-five millimeter lenses.

How many different sensor configurations are there? (Two: Tower / Mapping)

The MACS 3D ARRAY is configurable such that the cameras can be one on top of the other (a narrow portrait or “tower mode”) or it can be configured where the tow cameras are both to the side of each other (a wider landscape or “mapping mode”)

How dense would I expect a point cloud to be on a typical 3D Point Cloud for a 100’ cell phone tower?

It depends upon GSD.

If I have a problem out in the field, what kind of support will I receive when I call asking for help?

The MACS 3D ARRAY comes standard with a maintenance agreement that allows for instant access to our fully staffed help hot-line.  This hot-line is staffed 24 hours and can answer and assist with any type of question.

What all comes with the purchase of the MACS 3D ARRAY?

Please follow the link herein to see the “in the box” list that accompanies a new purchase

What kind of guarantee is there on the MACS 3D ARRAY?

The maintenance program provides a “no questions asked” repair policy on the sensor and drone.  Once a ticket is processed, a new sensor with the drone will be shipped out overnight express and the broken unit can be packed and shipped in the same container the very next day.

Is there a maintenance cost to the MACS 3D ARRAY?

The maintenance cost is $15,000 a year for the system.  This includes an exchange of new cameras, gimbals and drone once a year.


Does VI provide training for pilots on the MACS 3D ARRAY?

Visual Intelligence provides a two-day training course for new pilots at our facility in Houston, Texas at no charge to the customer.  We can also do on-site training at a cost of $1500 per student (plus travel) at your facility.

How long does it take to be trained on the MACS 3D ARRAY?

Training typically only takes 2 days.

What topics are taught during the MACS 3D ARRAY training?

We will teach a student how the system works from end-to-end.  The training starts by discussing the configurations, menu system and pilot interface.  Once the basics have been covered, we begin training on the M600 to ensure the pilot has a firm understanding about the aircraft.  The last portion of the training involves an end-to-end discussion of the product workflow with the auto-navigation system.

How much experience do you need to have in order to fly the MACS 3D ARRAY?

Typically we suggest 200 hours of drone flight time with DJI or similar aircrafts and a minimum of 10 hours on the M600 or similar model.


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technology and solution providers and any organization
that can benefit from the application of millimeter-class data.

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