Riegl is using the Intergeo platform to give an insight and overview on its comprehensive LiDAR sensors and systems product range. Three new Riegl products expanding the portfolio in airborne and UAV-based laser scanning have been unveiled.


The new Riegl VQ-1560i dual LiDAR channel airborne laser scanning system is the consistent advancement of the ultra-wide-area, high-altitude airborne mapping system LMS-Q1560, which is in current operation at renowned institutions, service providers and research organizations worldwide.

The new and improved VQ-1560i is a cutting-edge tool with fully integrated high-performance Applanix IMU and GNSS receiver designed for a variety of airborne surveying missions from ultra-wide area, high-altitude mapping to mapping of complex urban environments and city modeling.

Two linear LiDAR channels, each enabling the recognition of several targets per laser pulse, provide a an increased laser pulse repetition rate of up to 2 MHz and deliver up to 1.33 million measurements per second on the ground. The system allows data acquisition at a wide range of point densities from 2 points per square meter up to more than 60 points per square meter at operating flight altitudes of up to 15,500 feet AGL.

The VQ-1560i is the first Riegl LiDAR system that provides online data processing, as well as smart and full waveform recording similarly, and enables multiple-time-around (MTA) processing the incredible amount of up to 20 pulses in the air simultaneously. Additionally, the optional system configuration consists of a fully integrated, easily accessible phase one medium format camera and is prepared for the integration of a secondary camera, e.g. monochrome or infrared.


Another unveil is the new Riegl miniVUX-1UAV LiDAR sensor, an entry-level addition to Riegl’s state-of-the-art, UAV-based LiDAR portfolio. The miniVUX-1UAV is a very compact miniaturized 360-degree field of view LiDAR sensor with only 1.6 kilograms and especially developed for the implementation of emerging survey solutions by small UAS/UAV/RPAS.

The new sensor offers multi-target capability and accuracy using echo digitization and online waveform processing for data acquisition. The sensor is capable of 100,000 measurements per second and offers an operating altitude of 100-plus meters. Its small size and low weight make it well suited for mounting under limited weight and space conditions. Thus, the cost-efficient device allows UAV-based acquisition of survey-grade measurement data from agriculture and forestry, archaeology and cultural heritage documentation, to glacier and snowfield mapping and landslide monitoring.


Riegl’s BathyCopter, a UAV-based surveying system for hydrographic applications, was presented as a proof of concept at last year’s Intergeo. Now, after a year of intensive developing and testing, Riegl has announced serial availability. The BathyCopter is equipped with the new Riegl BDF-1, a compact and lightweight bathymetric depth finder optimized for UAV-borne operation. It is ideally suited for generating profiles of inland water bodies.

The topo-bathymetric depth finder comprises tilt compensation, an IMU/GNSS unit with antenna, a control unit, a data storage unit and can be equipped with up to two external digital cameras. Riegl’s new hydrographic full waveform processing delivers highly accurate, reliable and informative data; pre-detection averaging allows essential performance improvement at adverse conditions.

About Riegl

Riegl delivers cutting-edge technology in airborne, mobile, terrestrial and the newest unmanned laser scanning solutions. Riegl specializes in the mobile mapping, civil infrastructure, airborne scanning, unmanned, hydrographic, bathymetric, mining and terrestrial based industries. Instruments are ruggedly designed for reliability under demanding environmental conditions. Riegl USA, located in Orlando, Fla., serves as the North American center of sales, training and support for all Riegl products.