Merrick & Co., a leader in light detection and ranging (LiDAR), digital orthophotography, hyperspectral imaging, and geographic information systems (GIS) data integration, has released Version 7.1 of the Merrick Advanced Remote Sensing (MARS) software suite. The MARS software suite provides comprehensive support for LiDAR point cloud visualization, data management, automated data processing, LiDAR quality control and geospatial data production.

The newest version of MARS provides many software enhancements and new features, which improve data throughput and application usability. This release focuses on significant performance improvements of Merrick's automated QC Module (which tests against the new USGS National Geospatial Program's LiDAR Base Specification Version 1.0) and batch export module. Furthermore, this release provides support for Version 1.4 of the ASPRS LAS specification.

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