New Feature

Abby Smith
6.7.22

Enhance Your GIS Workflows with Lens Imagery

CORE

View imagery from Lens in other GIS software using our new WMTS streaming link or Airbus GeoTIFF downloads

FOR

Anyone who uses GIS as a part of their workflow

SOLVES

Smooth integration of Lens imagery into GIS for further exploration or mapping

Key change

Starting today, Lens is part of your GIS workflow. We've launched two features that enable you to stream and download imagery ordered in Lens directly into your GIS software. Whether you're creating a new conservation easement amendment map, delineating a restoration area, or outlining forest management plans, high-quality and up-to-date imagery plays an important role in a range of GIS analysis. In a few easy steps, you can leverage the range of commercial imagery through Lens to augment your work in GIS.

Stream ordered imagery from Lens

Lens is a powerful stand-alone monitoring and assessment tool, but sometimes it’s useful as a complement to ArcGIS or other geospatial software. With Image Streaming, Lens imagery is more accessible than ever for organizations that rely on GIS. 

Image Streaming links are unique for each property in Lens. Under the hood, Image Streaming uses a Web Map Tile Service (WMTS), a common protocol for streaming georeferenced image tiles over the internet. Put simply, you can copy a link from your property in Lens, paste it into GIS software, and view all the images you’ve ordered for that property in one place. This ensures that you’ll always have access to the latest imagery ordered through Lens. And by accessing that imagery through a web service, you won’t need to worry about the hassle of saving, storing, and updating that data as long as your Lens account is active. Learn more about where to find the streaming link and how to display your ordered images in our support article

Imagery ordered in Lens streamed to ArcGIS Online

Download ordered Airbus imagery from Lens

Lens now supports downloading Airbus imagery as Cloud Optimized GeoTIFFs (COG), an industry-standard type of raster image file commonly used to store satellite and aerial imagery data. With georeferencing information embedded within the image, you can simply drag and drop into your preferred GIS software. Learn more about how to view these GeoTIFF files in various GIS software in our knowledge base article here. As an official Airbus reseller, we were thrilled to be able to offer this download option for Airbus images ordered in Lens. 

Property Map view shows the image streaming link and download options in the Details pane

We’re excited to support Lens customers with simple integration options to augment GIS workflows.

If you’d like to learn more about how Lens supports land conservation and natural resource management, please reach out to hello@upstream.tech.