Cepton Inc., a San Jose-based high-performance lidar solutions company with a center of excellence in Troy, today announced that it is working with LidarSwiss Solutions to deploy its lidar technology in a drone-based mapping and analytics solution for infrastructure management and engineering design applications.
LidarSwiss is a Switzerland-based provider of high-performance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) based lidar solutions. Utilizing Cepton’s Sora lidar sensor, its Nano P60 system provides high-fidelity mapping and real-time processing on the fly to serve engineers, forestry managers, and urban planners across the globe.
To date, Nano P60 has been used to map and analyze powerlines, areas for site development, flood plains, and highways in over twenty cities in Asia, Europe, and Australia.
“The prominent features of the Nano P60 are its high stability, point density, and intelligence. This lidar-enabled system addresses the critical gap of 3-D accuracy with traditional camera and stereo imaging technologies,” says Robert Kletzli, founder and CTO of LidarSwiss. “Now, instead of needing two images to see a single point and detect its elevation, Nano P60 utilizes lidar’s intrinsic 3-D imaging capabilities to achieve maximized efficiency, making real-time processing and analytics possible.
“Cepton’s Sora lidar is among the most compact, lightweight lidar sensors that we have tested and offers an unparalleled combination of high resolution, longer range in the same category and cost efficiency. Its unique lidar architecture allows seamless integration, making Nano P60 a true plug-and-play system with solid-state reliability.”
Nano P60 integrates Cepton’s Sora sensor with a high-precision internal measurement unit (IMU) and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) unit and high-resolution camera system. Its intelligent controller with LidarSwiss proprietary software automatically combines all raw data to generate high-density, high-precision RGB attributed 3-D laser point clouds during flight.
With a total weight of 4.6 pounds (2.1 kilograms), this compact system can be mounted on small drones to produce mapping products such as digital orthophotos, digital elevation models, and 3-D models, or to interface with a third-party software to enable easy, seamless solutions for all kinds of industry applications, such as digital twins, smart cities, and building information modeling (BIM).
“We are proud to be supporting LidarSwiss and its customers with our lidar technology to unlock applications such as 3-D modeling for BIM, historical site mapping, terrain modeling for heavy vegetation areas, volumetric calculations for mining, power line inspection, and forestry mapping,” says Klaus Wagner, director of product management and marketing at Cepton.
“Our Sora lidar is a one-of-a-kind line scanner that combines high frame rate and long range. Powered by Cepton’s proprietary lidar technologies, it is compact, lightweight, and rotation-free, making it ideal for small UAV applications.”
LidarSwiss will be showcasing its Nano P60 model at INTERGEO, held in Essen, Germany from October 18 to 20. Visit LidarSwiss at Booth C3.141 to learn more about its collaboration with Cepton and its comprehensive solution portfolio.