Officially unveiled at the INTERGEO conference in Stuttgart, the ZEB Discovery signifies a new era in data capture and integration of a point cloud with high resolution imagery, according to GeoSLAM.

The ZEB Discovery is capable of rapidly capturing intricate data with the use of the company’s SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) technology and NCTech’s iSTAR Pulsar panoramic camera for ultra-high definition image capture.

The end to end solution automatically synchronizes the point cloud with imagery for a unique walk through of the area of data captured, the company said.  Combining the two data sources into one view brings a new way to visualize reality for a wide variety of occupations – from surveyors to environmentalists.

Harnessing a sleek ‘clip-and-go’ backpack design, the ZEB Discovery works alongside the ZEB Horizon, which was unveiled at last year’s INTERGEO. This makes it the most versatile SLAM solution available on the market, offering the capability of using a ZEB Horizon in even more ways, whether that’s on foot, on an automotive vehicle or an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), said GeoSLAM.

Using Orbit software as part of the workflow, the ZEB Discovery integrates laser and image data together to help a number of industries and sectors, from planners when modeling ‘smart cities’ to utilities operators looking to survey existing or planned assets. 

With automatic localization of imagery in the point cloud, the scanner can detect the operator’s exact location using in-built GNSS, and each second the solution emits 300,000 points per second.