How lidar boosts the value of mobile mapping

April 23, 2019  - By 0 Comments
Image: Velodyne Lidar

Image: Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne presents business cases of lidar solutions in forestry, utilities and surveying at AUVSI’s Xponential.

Frank Bertini, UAV and robotics business manager at Velodyne Lidar, delivered a featured presentation on the business cases for 3D lidar technology in mobile mapping applications at AUVSI Xponential 2019, which took place April 29-May 2 in Chicago.

Bertini discussed revenue-generating strategies created by adding lidar to drones, backpacks and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) to build autonomous solutions.

Bertini’s session, “Emerging Autonomous Applications for 3D Lidar,” provided a technical overview of industrial applications for lidar onboard unmanned systems. The presentation focused on emerging use-cases which are creating businesses opportunities in developing markets, including forestry management, utilities management and surveying.

“Velodyne Lidar helps systems developers by providing rich computer perception data that enables high-performing mapping systems in a lightweight, versatile solution,” said Bertini. “Velodyne sensors make it quick and easy for companies to build highly accurate 3D models of any environment, such as forests, power corridors, and solar energy farms.”

In the presentation, Bertini examined how drones equipped with Velodyne’s lightweight, powerful lidar can produce high-density point clouds for a forest canopy as well as the terrain underneath.

He will also explained how this can be done at ground level with a backpack application.

Additionally, the session included mobile mapping case studies involving a power line inspection and surveying a solar power field.

Tracy Cozzens

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Tracy Cozzens has served as managing editor of GPS World magazine since 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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