3D Laser Mapping Launches Multi-platform Mapping System

3D Laser Mapping will launch an innovative multi-platform mapping system at Geo Business 2016. The new platform, named ROBIN, is the first of its kind on the market and provides three alternative mapping options rolled into one solution. The versatile system allows users to benefit from the ability to map areas via walking, driving or flying. ROBIN provides a multi-purpose all-round system, integrating a 12MP camera (for drive) and 18MP (for walk and fly), two GNSS antennas, GIS grade IMU navigation system, touch screen control unit, three mounting systems, capture software, a post-processing software package and has a field of... (read more)
2017-01-14 02:54:28

The Latest Mobile Mapping System from 3D Laser Mapping

3D Laser Mapping are turning heads this week at Intergeo, as the new ‘StreetMapperIV’ mobile mapping system is launched. StreetMapper first came onto the market in 2004, driven by client demands to survey roads and structures above the road with unparalleled safety, speed and accuracy. What resulted was a first-of-a-kind system from 3D Laser Mapping, paving the way for mobile mapping systems to come. The original StreetMapper system used four Riegl laser scanners and the best commercially available IMU at the time. The technology was a game-changer for its day, but one which needed to be refined to reach the... (read more)
2017-01-11 11:40:45

Mobile Mapping Chez Leica - Leica Mobile Mapping Day 2016

Leica Geosystems mobile mapping day featured the UK release of two new pieces of equipment and a refresh of two others. The day at Milton Keynes was a mix of indoor presentations and outdoor demonstrations, reports Richard Groom. Leica ProScan is a new three-wheeled trolley-based scanning system with a P40 scanner, which can be used indoors or outdoors. Position fixing is by total station tracking and IMU both indoors and outdoors. For outdoor work there is in addition a GNSS receiver. What makes this system special is that, when controlled using total-station tracking, it can achieve a point cloud accuracy... (read more)
2017-01-20 12:28:32

UAV-based Mapping: Safety First

While it is positive news for our industry that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) is continuing to increase, the rise has brought with it a key question: how do we ensure that drone users are operating in a safe and law-abiding manner? In recent months, there have been a number of headlines about both illegal operations and the ensuing legislation. Although these news stories have been focused on consumer drone use, we must be mindful that the same issues apply to commercial activity, according to Jean-Thomas Célette – particularly within the geospatial sector as professionals such... (read more)
2019-04-03 11:40:57

Image Anonymization for Mobile Mapping

Achieving Legal Compliance of Mobile Mapping by Anonymizing Images
Large amounts of personal data, such as faces and number plates, are collected during mobile mapping. Receiving consent from individuals for large-scale data collection is not feasible but is required by law in certain countries. Anonymizing images not only eliminates the need for consent but also increases trust in companies who conduct mobile mapping. Privacy concerns in mobile mapping go back to 2010, when the Belgian Privacy Commission published the “Recommendation on Mobile Mapping”.  The scope of the recommendation covered not only applications such as Google Street View but also other types of mobile mapping such as mapping by public... (read more)
2020-08-12 10:28:28

Uber Acquires Microsoft Mapping Assets

As it seeks to sharpen its focus, Microsoft confirmed that it will no longer be collecting its own mapping data. As part of that transition, it is selling a number of assets to Uber, including a data centre, cameras, intellectual property, and roughly 100 engineers. News of this transaction, first reported by TechCrunch, highlights Uber's increasing efforts to build its own mapping service. The company recently poached Brian McClendon, a long-time Google executive and key figure in the creation of Google Maps. It is also reportedly bidding on Nokia's "Here" mapping service. Taken together, these data points make it clear that Uber wants to... (read more)
2017-01-11 04:45:36

3D Laser Mapping Unveils Multi-platform Mapping System in Africa

3D Laser Mapping, a geospatial technology supplier, is unveiling an innovative multi-platform mapping system to the African market at Geomatics Indaba 2016. Named ROBIN, the platform is the first of its kind on the market and provides three alternative mapping options rolled into one solution. The versatile system offers many different methods of data capture, meaning users are no longer limited to just one mounting platform. ROBIN is a multi-purpose all-around system with the ability to capture data in walk, fly or drive mode. The unit integrates a laser scanner, IMU navigation system, 12MP camera, two GNSS antennas, a touch... (read more)
2017-01-14 03:30:28

Mapping a University Campus in Brazil

Creating Indoor and Outdoor Maps for a Routing Application
A pilot project conducted at a university campus in Curitiba, Brazil, aimed to create outdoor maps using UAS photogrammetry as well as indoor floor plans. At universities, facility managers and other support staff need easy access to data, including geodata, for maintenance, safety measures or routing of students, staff and visitors. A responsive geodatabase containing detailed and up-to-date information on roads, the interior and exterior of buildings and other objects is a key tool in that context. The authors of this article describe a pilot project conducted at a university campus in Curitiba, Brazil, aimed at creating outdoor maps using... (read more)
2019-06-05 01:45:40
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