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Top 3 Takeaways from the Velodyne–Kaarta Webinar
Sep 14, 2020 | By Velodyne Lidar

Transforming the Real World with Mobile 3D Reality Capture Technology

Transforming the Real World with Mobile 3D Reality Capture Technology: Velodyne & Kaarta Webinar

A webinar conducted by Pamela Gauci, Senior Marketing Manager at Velodyne Lidar, and Kaarta CEO Dr. Kevin Dowling discussed how mobile scanning systems bridge the physical world with its 3D digital twin.

The episode was part of the digital learning series on “Automation and Safety During COVID-19,” organized by Velodyne.

Kaarta, an Automated with Velodyne partner, provides mobile scanning systems, equipped with Velodyne’s lidar sensors, that enable real-time 3D reality capture. These systems produce accurate, measurable 3D models and vivid visual representations of complex environments, ranging from buildings and infrastructure to dangerous and hard-to-reach areas.

Here are three takeaways from the webinar:

1. Kaarta systems address a wide range of mobile mapping applications.

Kevin explained how Kaarta’s roots are in helping robotics address two fundamental questions: where am I (localization) and what’s around me (mapping). Building on this foundation, Kaarta mobile mapping systems address numerous applications, including construction, mining, structures and buildings, urban mapping, asset management and more. Kaarta systems address the reality capture needs of customers, delivering both visual and dimensional information.

2. When striving for accuracy, remember: lidar measures while cameras generally estimate.

Kevin reviewed the role of lidar and cameras in Kaarta systems and shared a distinction between the sensors. In providing geometric information, lidar measures while cameras generally estimate. Kevin noted Velodyne’s lidar provides very good resolution and consistent accuracy measured to true value. He sees lidar and cameras as providing a powerful combination that allows scanning professionals to achieve both good visual and dimensional fidelity.

3. Scanning professionals can turn to the cloud to process, store and share 3D spaces.

Managing the massive amount of data generated in mobile mapping has grown even more challenging with people working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kevin discussed how Kaarta Cloud, a new cloud-based application, helps users manage the size and complexity of the data collected, which can result in data sets in excess of one billion points. Kaarta Cloud provides a comprehensive workflow so users can extract maximum value from scans and share data and collaborate with anyone in the world.

Watch the full webinar below!

Velodyne & Kaarta webinar on how mobile scanning systems bridge the physical world with its 3D digital twin.

About Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne provides smart, powerful lidar solutions for autonomy and driver assistance. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Velodyne is known worldwide for its portfolio of breakthrough lidar sensor technologies. Velodyne’s Founder, David Hall, invented real-time surround view lidar systems in 2005 as part of Velodyne Acoustics. Mr. Hall’s invention revolutionized perception and autonomy for automotive, new mobility, mapping, robotics, and security. Velodyne’s high-performance product line includes a broad range of sensing solutions, including the cost-effective Puck™, the versatile Ultra Puck™, the autonomy-advancing Alpha Prime™, the ADAS-optimized Velarray™ and the groundbreaking software for driver assistance, Vella™.

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