Home' Position : Position Feb Mar 2015 Contents 3D laser scanner
The GLS-2000 is Topcon’s newest
addition to its GLS line of laser
Featuring an expanded field of
view, the GLS-2000 is designed to
pair with ScanMaster v3.0 software
for quickly capturing and processing
3D point cloud data.
Using Topcon Precise Scan
Technology II, the GLS-2000 is
designed to emit pulse signals three
times faster than earlier models,
enabling timing to be detected more
precisely, which results in reduced
noise and higher-accuracy data.
Onboard control software and
graphical display allows scanning
to start at the touch of a button,
making it easy for even entry-level
users to operate.
Additional features include user-
selectable Class 3R or 1M laser, and
an exclusive laser plummet function
that measures instrument height
with a one-touch operation.
Additionally, the unit will work with
existing survey prisms for control.
For more information contact Po-
sition Partners on 1300 867 266 or
Pitney Bowes has released the 64-bit
version of its MapInfo Pro GIS software.
This latest release contains live editing
capabilities and geo-mapping functionality,
and Pitney Bowes claims that MapInfo Pro
64-bit will cut training time for users down
by 70 per cent, from two weeks to two days.
Map Info 64-bit brings with it many
new changes since the 32 bit version,
• Fully redesigned ribbon-based user
• Easier to learn and easier to use.
• Improved productivity – fewer
• Easy access to functions through tabs
• Context-sensitive tabs appear with
functionality as needed.
• Mini toolbars for quick access to
• New Workspace Explorer including the
ability to search for a layer.
MapInfo Pro 64-bit additionally
contains access to 350 unique datasets,
gathered across 240 countries/territories,
and 13 distinct categories, including 85
million points of interest.
For more information visit http://bit.
Optech’s Titan Airborne Laser Terrain
Mapper (ALTM) combines three beams
with separate wavelengths to produce
what Optech claims to be the first
multispectral actively imaging mapper.
The mapper’s three independent laser
beams operate at different wavelengths,
with a combined ground sampling rate
approaching 1 MHz. The sensor includes
full gyro-stabilisation compatibility for
predictable point distribution and a fully
programmable scanner for significant
point density increases at narrower FOV.
Passive imagery support is available via
fully embedded high-resolution metric
mapping cameras, including multispec-
tral, thermal, NIR and RGB. For applica-
tions that demand it, the Titan also in-
cludes full-waveform recording capability
for each independent LiDAR wavelength.
Standard software included with Titan
includes: Optech FMS, a fully-featured
flight management system that enables
integrated mission planning for both
LiDAR and camera, aircraft navigation,
Multispectral airborne LiDAR sensor
and real-time monitoring of the 3D active
point clouds from each data channel
alongside passive image thumbnails for
in-air collection confidence; Optech’s
Lidar Mapping Suite (LMS), for LiDAR
processing and accuracy quantification
across the entire project extent. Unique
to Titan is an LMS software extension
that provides enhanced map product
deliverables for bathymetric and land
cover classifications using its multi-
For more information visit www.optech.
com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simple inertial navigation module
OxTS is launching a simple inertial
system. Designed to be used in conjunc-
tion with other positioning systems, the
xOEMcore is said to improve system per-
formance. When combined with an indoor
WiFi positioning system, OxTS says users
can achieve better performance, no drop-
outs, faster update rates and no jumps.
At the heart of the xOEMcore is a
MEMS-based inertial measurement unit
that offers low-error growth. Mathematics
for integrating the inertial measurements
is included, together with sensor fusion al-
gorithms for minimising inertial drift. The
sensor fusion includes GNSS processing,
wheel speed odometer, car models and zero
velocity updates so that a complete system
can be built without needing detailed
knowledge of navigation systems. Heading,
pitch and roll are accurate to 0.05° and po-
sition better than 2cm using GNSS. OxTS
will be adding interfaces for other sensors
too, and some ‘generic’ updates that can be
used by any positioning system.
For more information visit
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