3D Laser Mapping Launches Mobile Indoor Mapping System

Nottingham, UK, 09 November 2012 3D Laser Mapping has signed an exclusive agreement to distribute what is thought to be the worlds first, truly mobile, hand held, rapid laser mapping system. Developed by CSIRO, Australias national science agency and licenced from GeoSLAM (a UK based start-up company) the Zebedee indoor mapper allows for fast data capture, without complex set up or the requirement for lengthy data processing. The competitively priced Zebedee, now exclusively available from 3D Laser Mapping, can be used by surveying novices, in areas without GPS coverage, capturing accurate 3D point clouds at speed.

Imagine a scenario where you arrive onsite and within five minutes your equipment is unpacked and is ready to go, Dr Graham Hunter, Executive Chairman, founder and head of the research division of 3D Laser Mapping, commented. As you walk around, holding Zebedee in one hand, you capture millions of measurements of the environment whether it be an office, warehouse, manufacturing facility or mine all with minimal set up and without the need for additional equipment or personnel.

Developed by CSIRO, Zebedee uses robotic technology called Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM). For the first time, users can reliably and cost-effectively map spaces in 3D in real-time, said Dr Ian Oppermann, Director of the Digital Productivity and Services Flagship at CSIRO. SLAM enables a suite of 3D mapping applications to be developed in wide ranging areas including education, cultural heritage, security, environment, property, emergency services and safety.

The Zebedee system includes a lightweight laser scanner mounted on a simple spring mechanism. As the operator moves through an environment the scanner loosely oscillates about the spring producing a rotation that converts 2D measurements into 3D fields of view. Its ability to self-localise makes Zebedee ideally suited for use indoors, underground and other covered environments, such as dense forest and urban canyons, where traditional solutions that utilise GPS dont function well.

The research team, from CSIROs Autonomous Systems Laboratory, have taken their world leading robotics localisation technology and cleverly adapted it to enable hand held, real-time laser scanning in full 3D, Dr Oppermann said. This technology will open up new areas for scanning such as difficult to access and complex cultural heritage places.

Processing the data is just as easy, Dr Hunter continued. There is no need for expensive software or high end computers, neither do you or your client need lengthy training. The laser scanned measurements are automatically processed on remote servers monitored by highly trained and experienced support staff.

By partnering with 3D Laser Mapping, CSIRO and GeoSLAM are benefiting from their wealth of experience in the development and real world application of laser scanning solutions. The partnership also ensures users of the Zebedee system can utilise 3D Laser Mappings existing data processing facilities including remote servers, sophisticated software solutions and dedicated support staff.

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3D Laser Mapping is a global developer of laser scanning solutions for sectors such as mapping, mining and manufacturing. 3D Laser Mapping specialises in integrating laser scanning hardware with their own software and peripherals to create solutions at the cutting edge of technology. Through a worldwide network of distributors 3D Laser Mapping is able to provide frontline support and service for a growing international client base. For further information see www.3dlasermapping.com

CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. CSIRO works with leading scientific organisations around the world, and is recognised internationally for the quality of its research. CSIRO’s research is performed by the 13 Divisions, which are the business units of CSIRO. CSIRO is one of the largest and most diverse scientific institutions in the world with more than 6500 staff located across 56 sites throughout Australia and overseas. For further information see www.csiro.au

CSIRO Digital Productivity and Services Flagship a $40 million research initiative targeting productivity growth in Australia through frontier services innovation and by unlocking the value of a national broadband infrastructure. Through its research the flagship will help add value to the Australian economy by developing and delivering more efficient and innovative services that improve peoples wellbeing and prosperity.