A lot of innovation is taking place with respect to LiDAR technology. While linear LiDAR is recognized as the most conventionally used LiDAR “mode,” it isn’t the only one. Newer modes like single-photon LiDAR and flash LiDAR are gaining more traction and it is important to understand how they differ from one another.

Princeton Lightwave is a specialist in Geiger mode LiDAR, so POB Managing Editor Valerie King stopped by its booth at AUVSI Xponential 2017. She asked Jay Liebowitz, chief sales and marketing officer with the company, what exactly Geiger mode LiDAR is, how it compares to conventional LiDAR and what applications it is most useful in.

“Because you can operate the laser at such high speeds and can collect data so fast, it’s used to fly very high and collect large areas of land very, very quickly, very economically,” Liebowitz says.