Mobile mapping solutions

Topcon announces IP-S2 HD Mapping System.

Livermore, Calif., July 19, 2010—Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) has announced an addition to its offering of high-accuracy, mobile mapping solutions—the IP-S2 HD Mapping System—a vehicle-mounted surveying and mapping system featuring a high-definition LiDAR scanner from Velodyne Lidar Inc.

The IP-S2 HD Mapping System incorporates state-of-the-art technologies, including high-precision GNSS receivers, inertial measurement unit (IMU), vehicle wheel encoder, 360-degree digital cameras and Velodyne’s HDL-64E S2.2 LiDAR scanner. It is designed so users, while driving the system-mounted vehicle at normal traffic speeds, can collect precise vehicle position/bearing data and spherical imagery of roadside objects such as sidewalks, buildings, tunnels, bridges and overpasses. The addition of Velodyne’s LiDAR sensor is designed to allow vehicle operators to acquire very dense point clouds while traveling at posted speed limits even in inclement weather.

Velodyne Lidar Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high definition LiDAR sensors, headquartered in Morgan Hill, Calif. The company’s HDL-64E sensor is used in a variety of military and commercial autonomous vehicle applications as well as 3-D mapping, surveying and other applications.

“Velodyne is very excited that Topcon has integrated our HDL-64E S2.2 sensor with the IP-S2 HD Mapping System,” said Bruce Hall, president of Velodyne. “With the HDL-64E’s dense point coverage that outputs at over 1.3 million points per second, 64 lasers, full 360 degree field of view, and road-tested design, the system can collect data even in poor weather conditions. The IP-S2 HD Mapping System can capture data at highway speeds up to 70 mph and its return on investment, compared to manual data collection methods, is realized in just a few months.”

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