Lidar-imagery fusion drone sensor launched

July 24, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Lidar-imagery fusion drone sensor launched
Geospatial specialist GeoCue Group (Madison, AL) has unveiled a new drone sensor that it says is the industry's first lidar/imagery fusion sensor.

The True View line of drone sensors, says the company, offers surveyors a LIDAR plus dual oblique mapping camera configuration integrated in a single lightweight payload for use on commercial drone platforms. True View is designed to allow for fast, easy automated generation of true 3D colorized point clouds, oblique imagery, and orthophotos from a single flight.

The first sensor of the product line, the True View 410, is offered as the industry’s first integrated LIDAR/camera fusion platform designed from the ground up to generate high-accuracy 3D colorized LIDAR point clouds. It features dual GeoCue Mapping Cameras, a Quanergy M8 Ultra laser scanner and Applanix Position and Orientation System (POS).

With its 120° fused field of view, says the company, the True View 410 provides high efficiency 3D color mapping with vegetation penetration in a payload package with a mass of about 2 kg.

"Anyone considering a drone LIDAR system should pause and evaluate the True View product line," says Lewis Graham, President and CTO of GeoCue. "The True View sensor fusion systems will make 3D colorized point clouds a standard product demanded by customers of high accuracy drone mapping."

"The 3D colorization approach that we use in our Evo software provides a new level of intelligence in LIDAR point clouds," says Graham. "An advance in sensor technology comes along every few years that changes our industry – True View is one of those instances."

In a demonstration of the product at an industry event, 3D colorized point clouds were created with processing time from sensor to final product of less than 15 minutes for a 50-acre site. The visualization of colorized vertical surfaces, says the company, demonstrated the value of the dual oblique cameras and true 3D mapping of LIDAR points to images.

The True View 410 can be purchased as a complete system (hardware and full workflow software) as a standard purchase or as a subscription service. Starting


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