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Detection of concealed objects with a mobile laser scanning system
Author(s): Martin Pfennigbauer; Peter Rieger; Nikolaus Studnicka; Andreas Ullrich
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Paper Abstract

Mobile laser scanning is an emerging technology for accurate and fast surveying and surveillance applications. By using RIEGL's new V-line laser scanners with online waveform analysis capable of discriminating multiple targets per laser shot, true 3D information can be obtained. Thus the detection of objects concealed by vegetation or camouflage tarps is facilitated. We present experimental results disclosing a vehicle hidden behind bushes employing a terrestrial laser scanning system. The laser scanner offers measurement rates of up to 125 kHz and ranging capabilities up to 500 m at a scan range of 360° for the frame and 100° for the line axis. The obtained experimental results prove that multi-target capability is mandatory for the envisaged application. In dense vegetation, up to 10 targets per laser shot are identified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7323, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XIV, 732308 (2 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.828293
Show Author Affiliations
Martin Pfennigbauer, RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH (Austria)
Peter Rieger, RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH (Austria)
Nikolaus Studnicka, RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH (Austria)
Andreas Ullrich, RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH (Austria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7323:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XIV
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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