Online Panorama
Cityscope developed the Online Panorama, a fully automated process for the computerized recording of digital panoramic imagery and their presentation in various media. In the combination of current views and archived images, the Online Panorama features a highly authentic and very comprehensive depiction - inviting the spectator to an interactive journey through time and space of the documented sites and events.
Camera Systems

Thyssen Krupp Quarter, Essen, 2 Modules 90°

Airport BBI, Berlin, 360°
The camera systems employed in cityscope’s urban development and event documentation projects record digital panoramic images, QTVR-movies and single shots in a fully automated process. Our camera systems consist of a camera module in a weatherproof housing and a computer for controlling the camera, image processing and image transmission. Data transfer to the server is performed via LAN, DSL or GSM. The camera systems are conceived for stationary installation at indoor or outdoor locations. The technological requirements of the documentation project define the choice of the camera technology:

Standard Format systems record single pictures with a classical photographic aspect ratio (4:3 to 16:9)
Panoramic systems employ a set of fixed cameras to generate high resolution panoramic imagery for a comprehensive representation of spatial coherence.

Here you may find detailed information on cityscope’s camera systems.
Digital recording of the generated imagery is the basis for any retrospective, time-based documentation - as for example a timelapse sequence. Our archive system is connected to the camera locations via Internet. The archiving process is running in a fully automated process. Extracts from the archive on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM can be made at any time - thus giving the possibility to use the imagery on different media platforms at any desired point of time. The archiving process is fully automated. The archive can at any time be tranfered to CD-ROM or DVD for various media presentation and production purposes.

A cityscope documentation may be presented on different media platforms:

online - Internet and POI terminals
offline - CD-ROM and DVD, TV and HDTV

In cityscope media presentations, the actual and the archived panoramic pictures are offered to the viewer in interactive mode. The appeal of a cityscope presentation results from the combination of space and time through which the user can freely navigate: While the panoramic image optimally represents the spatial context, the chronologically organised archive reflects the temporal dimension of the documented event.
Using cityscope’s online panoramic process, visual documentations can be realised in the form of impressive and easy-to-operate multimedia presentations.
Here you may find detailed information on the cityscope terminals

Time Journey Pudong - large screen presentation, Shanghai, China 2005

Internet presentation with timeline interface

The common element of advanced cityscope presentations is the timeline, a graphic interface which allows the viewer to interactively and intuitively navigate through the archived time-space. Thus, users can compose their own journeys through time and space of the documented event.

Online Panorama featuring a Zoom Function

The cityscope PanoZoom player allows for a three-dimensional navigation in the panoramic footage: The visitor is enabled not only to steer his point of view in the panorama to right and left, up and down, but also to zoom into the picture's depth to interactively examine any details in the picture. For the first time the picture's resolution can be used in a panorama presentation!

A specific data processing system is employed at the webserver to limit the client's data transmission to the visible part of the picture only. Thus in all zoom levels the presentation features a quick visual response to the user's navigation. The zoom function is user-controllable by means of a convenient, self-explanatory interface designed as a zoom lever. A scale in degrees gives exact feedback of the actual viewing direction and the angle of view.
The temporal navigation in the picture archive is realised by an interactive time-register.

The first project the PanoZoom technique has been implemented, is the Nürnberg Panorama-Cam. Below you find screenshots of the PanoZoom interface with three different zoom levels. The horizontal angles of view are 130° (top), 85° and 13° (bottom) respectively.