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Three-dimensional vision for law enforcement explosives disposal and building inspection applications
Author(s): Johnny L. Berg
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Paper Abstract

Holometrics, Inc. has over 12 years in R&D and production of scanning laser radar systems that form the basis for a family of 3D Vision System products. This paper focuses on our on-going activities to field 3D vision systems that can be mounted on small, mobile robots for use in explosive material handling and disposal and/or the inspection of buildings that have been damaged by an earthquake or explosion. In addition, this same configuration can be used in hostage situations in public buildings or in prison riots. The robot/3D vision system configuration is ideal for supporting law and fire officials with the geometric features of a scene as well as quantifying the dimensional and spatial relationships of objects and persons in the scene. The vision system uses an infrared laser to accomplish the scene scanning thus enabling it to operate very effectively in total darkness or daylight. We will describe the technical features of these vision systems and then present a number of 3D images that can be used for the above-mentioned applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4129, Subsurface Sensing Technologies and Applications II, (6 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390653
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Johnny L. Berg, Holometrics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4129:
Subsurface Sensing Technologies and Applications II
Cam Nguyen, Editor(s)

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