Sneak peak of multi-platform mobile mapping

July 12th, 2016, Published in Articles: PositionIT


3D Laser Mapping, a systems integrator and supplier of mobile mapping hardware and software, gave its customers a sneak preview of its latest research and development work into a multi-platform mobile mapping system, the Robin. Built around the Riegl VUX laser scanner on a carbon-fibre frame, the system includes two GNSS antennae and an IMU, and can be fitted on a backpack, roof-mount, UAV or helicopter pod. Including its extendible battery system, which offers approximately 1,5-hour usage, the system weighs 12 kg. The Robin is available in three versions: the Robin, a multi-purpose and all round system, the Robin-Wings, a long-range laser scanner optimised for aerial applications, and the Robin-Precision, a high accuracy laser scanner optimised for more detailed shorter range applications. A camera for point cloud colourising can also be added, as can a GoPro for video.

3D Laser Mapping Team with the Robin multi platform mobile mapping system.

For lidar data processing, TerraSolid and OrbitGT software are included in the full package. A simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) add-on for indoor mapping is also in the works, with the first upgrade expected towards the end of the year. The system will be launched at the Geomatics Indaba in September 2016. Through a partner programme the company will also make the system available on a rental basis. By eliminating the limitations of a single point of view scan, some of its many anticipated applications are expected to be in dynamic environments and for change detection. The company foresees that the Robin’s development will be application driven, and invites interested users to submit requests for data for their potential uses of the instrument.

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