AGERpoint Inc., recently featured in GeoDataPoint for its service offerings, has developed a new LiDAR sensor, the GML100. It touts the GML100 as the first Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode LiDAR unit on the market to offer multiple returns per flash per detector, and a form factor that can be used across a wide array of industries and mobile settings.
The sensor generates 1 million laser pulses each second. They reflect off features in the environment, which are then received by the sensor and assembled into a precise 3D representation of the scene. Each pulse can be reflected from various ranges before returning to the sensor, which can measure multiple returns from a single pulse.
The unit weighs less than 10 pounds and can be mounted on vehicles ranging from autonomous aerial and ground units to heavy farm and construction equipment. The acquisition software of the GML100 permits real-time point cloud viewing, facilitating mission planning and monitoring. Taken together, the mobility and efficiency of the GML100 make it an ideal candidate for deployment in agriculture, defense, and forestry, as well as infrastructure projects such as highway, rail, and utility construction, AGERpoint says.
Data from the GML100 can be output in industry standard LAS and LAZ formats for analysis, or downloaded to AGERpoint for analysis and reporting through the AGERpoint Web-based data platform. Agricultural growers also have the option of integrating their data with the AGERmetrix agricultural information management system.
AGERpoint Inc. is a data processing and predictive analytics firm specializing in the needs of permanent crop growers. AGERpoint uses a variety of remote sensing technologies, including LiDAR, survey-grade GPS, and both multispectral and hyperspectral imaging to collect morphological and precisely geo-referenced positional data about agricultural and forestry holdings.