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A decade of experience from commercial 3D laser range sensors for ground applications
Author(s): Håkan Larsson
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Paper Abstract

For use in the development of synthetic environment models, the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) bought two laser scanners in the beginning of this millennium, one from the Austrian company Riegl and one from the Canadian Optech. This was the start for over a decade of use of commercial laser range sensors at FOI. The laser scanners have so far been used for different applications such as point cloud algorithm development (detection, classification and reconnaissance of targets), phenomenology studies, reflectance measurements and environment and ground truth measurements. This paper presents different laser scanner technologies (pulsed Time of Flight, Continues Wave (CW), Flash and distributed light) and compare advantages and limitations of the technologies. The paper also include some examples of the use of laser scanning in applications and presents methods for laser range sensors performance evaluation used and developed at FOI.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 November 2012
PDF: 22 pages
Proc. SPIE 8542, Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications VI, 854202 (19 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.2009524
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Håkan Larsson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8542:
Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications VI
Gary W. Kamerman; Gary J. Bishop; Mark T. Gruneisen; Keith L. Lewis; Miloslav Dusek; Richard C. Hollins; Ove Steinvall; John Gonglewski; John G. Rarity; Thomas J. Merlet, Editor(s)

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