Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) recently unveiled the IP-S2, a vehicle-mounted, mobile 3D precision mapping and survey system. The IP-S2 combines dual-frequency GNSS signal tracking and positioning and inertial measurement to integrate laser scanning and digital imaging.
Using 3D laser scanners, LIDAR, and/or cameras, the data collected is integrated, time-stamped and geo-referenced. The customer can then quickly and accurately combine LIDAR "point cloud" and digital imaging data to build 3D models of the areas driven.
Industry-leading sensor integration creates unlimited applications for the technology in GIS, construction, agriculture, mapping, and machine control.
Ray O'Connor, TPS president and CEO, says Topcon's Inertial Positioning System (IPS) "makes it possible to track motion through 3D space, creating an instant solution to myriad asset management and data collection applications."
With its high accuracy scanning and inertial measurement capabilities, its ability to support a variety of sensors and its 360-degree hemispherical digital video camera system, O'Connor says, "The IP-S2 can gather accurate measurement data in extremely difficult conditions, such as tunnels, under bridges, in heavily wooded areas or urban canyons."
The IP-S2 standard system includes three high-resolution LiDAR scanners that cover the vehicle path at ground level and sweep the adjacent areas to a distance of 30 meters. The technology can provide location and geo-referencing with survey accuracy of visible utilities, traffic signals and roadways, modeling GIS maps, examining tunnels, taking inventory of and collecting 360-degree digital images (at a rate of 15 frames/second) to catalog surroundings in real time.