Hexagon announces partnership with Airbus for near real-time airborne bathymetric LiDAR surveillance system
Hexagon’s Geosystems division announced a partnership with Airbus to integrate two Leica Chiroptera 4X bathymetric LiDAR sensors for maritime surveillance into the C295 MSA, Airbus’ Maritime Surveillance Aircraft.
Hexagon’s new technology enables detection of underwater objects in near real-time, a significant innovation in the airborne bathymetry industry. The cutting-edge solution was developed to meet Airbus’ requirements and will first be implemented in two C295 MSA purchased by the Irish Air Corps (IAC). The unique object detection feature enables real-time LiDAR data visualisation and analysis during the flight. Being able to locate the precise position of the object allows operators to preview and analyse information captured below water immediately — a process which previously could take up to several days.