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The PICOTrack is a combination of software and hardware that provides basic equipment and software for those on a tight budget. Maybe you are a startup company or just struggling with the economy, but you still need to fly projects and more than ever, fly them efficiently. The PICOTrack allows you to create an airborne project, from flight planning through acquisition to final archiving of the data.


The X-Track software includes a complete Suite of Planning, Reporting and acquisition software specially designed and developed over the last 20 years to provide a practical, secure method for planning a project and firing nearly any camera.

The Track’Air PICOTrack System consists of the PICOTrack Interface box and USB cable for your laptop, a Garmin 18 navigation grade antenna and cable, and the custom cable created for your particular sensor. These items, in combination with the complete Track’Air Tracker 32 Software Suite create a powerful, compact and inexpensive Flight Management System for entrepreneurs on a tight budget.


The Track’Air X-Track planning software includes 5 independent software modules tightly integrated by means of a common database. All these programs allow the use of raster maps and DEM data in the planning process. A general description of each module is below:


This module allows the planner to define project limits and background shapes by typing or loading coordinates into a specific text driven header. The planner can import a variety of CAD files including DXF, SHP, DCW or KML files to be employed as area or background drawings during the flight planning and inflight acquisition process. Additionally, the preparation of individual flight runs or a block of runs from existing coordinate text files can be added to a flight plan header. This can be accomplished by copy/pasting or direct typing. The module includes a graphical viewer for a quick inspection of the data.



This module allows you to open, import or save a variety of georeferenced topographic maps and imagery from around the world as well as interface with Google Maps, Bing Maps, or Web Map Services available online.

A selection of drawing tools are available for defining the project limits using screen digitizing on the available raster backgrounds. From digitizing a single polygon as a project limit to creating outlines of specific topographic features and details, or saving the raster image for creating flight lines in the snapPLAN module for useful display information during the acquisition process, this is a module you can’t do without.


This module has a near countless number of options to create flight plans. With automated as well as manual functionality the system allows you to create and optimize blocks of runs and/or single photo strips. The software supports geographical and grid based pinpoint block planning. snapPLAN can manually or automatically adjust runs or strips for terrain altitude deviations from existing DEM data.



The module that is the hub of the Tracker 32 Software Suite has a variety of management tools used to check and track the status and progress of projects. The Project Manager or flight planner employs this to finalize flight plans before missions as well as updating the office database with the data acquired or generated during the flight, from the acquisition computers.



The module name says it all. This module is a printing, plotting and exporting utility specially designed for the automated production of aerial survey indices and report documents. An unlimited number of layouts for specific printers can be saved as a means of standardizing or customizing the indices you wish to create. Customizable legends, titles and adding your own logo are all possible in this versatile software. In addition, the planning and acquisition data can be exported as a dxf file to be utilized in other CAD functional programs.


X-Track Tracker Database

The data produced and processed by Tracker is saved to a built in relational Microsoft ACCESS “mdb” database which can be used by any number of programs.
The benefits are:

  • Planning and acquisition data is stored in one place and can be easily transferred between computers.
  • Data is captured in a structured and logical way using the concepts of a relational database.
  • Data can be easily accessed with the Microsoft Access structured query language (SQL) for developing customized databases, applications, add-ons or extensions that access the data directly from the Tracker.mdb database. The Tracker database can become part of a new or existing geographic information system (GIS).

PICOTRACK Specifications

The PICOTrack interface includes its own GPS receiver.


  • USB 2.0 device can be connected to any USB 2.0 or 3.0 laptop or tablet
  • Integrated, single frequency 12 channel Garmin 18 GPS
  • Included GPS antenna to be installed on the glare shield or outside.
  • Operating altitude 25,000 feet + (laptop must have SSD above 14,000 feet)
  • Operating temperature 0° to 60° Celsius (32° to 140° Fahrenheit)
  • Dimensions 10 x 5 x 3 centimeters (4 x 2 x 1.25 inches)
  • Weight max 200g (7 oz.)
  • Relative triggering accuracy estimated to 1 meter (3 feet) at 120 knots (depends on GPS signal quality)
  • Minimum triggering interval between photos, 0.3 second (depending on camera)
  • Fully guaranteed for 1 year (no repair, exchange only)
  • Free software upgrade and support for 1 year.


  • PICOTrack USB 2.0 camera interface
  • Camera cable custom built for most cameras
  • GPS antenna –Single frequency, navigation grade
  • MEP Cable
  • Computer Interface Cable
  • Software for planning: snapXYZ and snapPLAN, snapVIEW
  • Software for flight management: snapshot
  • Software for checking and reporting: snapBASE and snapPLOT

PicoTrack is for Small and medium format sensors only. Large-format sensors not supported.

NexTrack 2
NanoTrack PLUS
NanoTrack PicoTrack SofTrack
GPS Included Garmin 18 – 5hz Navigation Grade GPS and Antenna
Internet Planning Support Google Earth KML or BING-maps TML files can be imported into and exported from our program. Imagery can also be captured and saved for planning.
WGS 84 Coordinate System World Geodetic System (WGS) 84 coordinate system avilable for planning.
Precision Camera Firing Camera is automatically fired at precise, pre-determines locations along flight lines. This basic functionality guarantees side and forward overlap.
MEP Return Mid-Exposure Pulse – Pulse return from the camera at the instant of exposure recorded in X-Track.
Other Coordinate Systems Local coordinate systems such as the US State Plane or other specific country coordinate systems are supported with this function.
Sensor Options Specific current and legacy sensors are supported. May include specific interfacing needs or functions specific to a sensor type as well as FMS and Annotation support.
DEM Option Digital Elevation Model; 3D, digital representation of terrain for 3D flight planning and execution.
Airspace Depiction (US Airspace Only) FAA airspace data updated monthly on our website and downloadable through our software to allow planning within controlled airspace. Displays the data for planning and/or flight.
ATC Option Provides specific maps to be sent to ATC to allow them to coordinate with the Pilot during acquisition within their airspace.
3rd Party External GPS Support Allows users to plug in an external GPS with NMEA output capabilities.
Mount Control Freeze, unfreeze and Wind Correction Angle for stabilized mounts during flight. Requires a source of drift.
Preconfigured Microsoft Surface Tablet Surface Tablet preconfigured with XTrack Software
FMC for Phase-One Cameras (IXA) Forward motion compensation control from within the NexTrack 2 system.
IMU Support Some additional IMU software support available, model dependant
SnapSHOT Mobile (optional) Wireless Mobile device support for pilot or secondary operator display.
WMS – World Mapping System Option Web Map Service is a standard protocol for sharing georeferenced map images over the internet.


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