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3D maps now with Velodyne Lidar
Velodyne Lidar has announced Kaarta Cloud® which exclusively supports Velodyne’s lidar sensors. Kaarta’s new cloud-based application is a platform to process, store, and share 3D spaces. Paired with high quality lidar to capture the environment in 3D, the data is uploaded into Kaarta Cloud to quickly and easily process it into a point cloud for use. High quality 3D mobile mapping is now available to a broader consumer base.
Three Velodyne sensors – Ultra Puck™, Puck™ and HDL-32E – are supported by Kaarta Cloud. After using a Velodyne sensor to scan the environment, Kaarta’s proprietary Kaarta Engine uses simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithms to instantaneously process lidar data into a registered point cloud map. This enables users to produce accurate, measurable 3D models and vivid visual representations of complex environments, ranging from buildings and infrastructure to dangerous and hard-to-reach areas.
Mobile scanning systems are continually advancing and the possibilities for use are expansive. There is growing interest in lidar imaging for post-earthquake assessment, surveys of damaged buildings, aiding first responders in emergency situations and more. As the applications and sophistication of these tools grow, so does the size and complexity of the data collected, necessitating new ways of managing massive data sets that can be in excess of one billion points. To do so, Kaarta Cloud uses an ultra-high performance parallel-processed network to handle the processing of massive reality capture files. Kaarta Cloud workflow is designed to optimize operations, extract the maximum value from lidar scans, and facilitate data sharing and collaboration through its secure cloud storage platform.
Kaarta Cloud supports all of Kaarta’s robust mobile mapping systems which integrate Velodyne’s Puck, HDL-32E and Ultra Puck into Kaarta’s Stencil 2-16, Stencil 2-32 and Stencil Pro, respectively. Velodyne and Kaarta have strong experience in helping customers address mapping challenges in a wide variety of applications. For instance, Allvision and the City of Pittsburgh used a Velodyne-powered Kaarta solution to conduct detailed curb and parking analysis. This project provided information to help develop efficient and equitable urban mobility, enable quicker deliveries and significantly improve public parking experiences. Another example is McVeigh & Mangum Engineering, which used a Velodyne-powered Kaarta solution in a highly challenging initiative to document a North Carolina hospital with digital mapping.
Velodyne Ultra Puck, Puck and HDL-32E sensors deliver a high resolution image to measure and analyze a variety of environments. They provide high quality resolution and performance along with a full 360-degree environmental view to deliver real-time 3D data.