The collection and analysis of data in inaccessible, GPS-denied environments, like dense forests and caves, create safety and operational challenges.
Craig Guthrie wrote a story in Mining Magazine on how Emesent’s Hovermap, a mobile scanning system for mapping hazardous and GPS-denied environments, uses Velodyne’s Puck LITE™ lidar as its primary perception and mapping sensor. The article quotes Emesent CEO Dr. Stefan Hrabar saying:
“The Velodyne Puck LITE lidar is an extraordinary sensor for mobile mapping systems due to its compact size, light weight and high performance. The sensor helped us create game-changing technology that can obtain vital data in challenging environments in real time without risking the machine or operator safety.”
An article in Geospatial World noted Hovermap provides high-quality data capture for the mining, construction/infrastructure, forestry, defense, oil and gas, and film industries. It quotes Velodyne Lidar CEO Anand Gopalan saying:
“Hovermap provides an excellent showcase of how Puck LITE’s 360-degree capture capability enables companies to produce high quality, accurate, georeferenced point cloud data.”
Hovermap is helping solve the access problem of demanding environments by providing autonomous flight that allows a drone to navigate into these areas to map them.