Compact, versatile and powerful system unveiled at the International LIDAR Mapping Forum.

Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping, LLC announced the availability of the Leica ALS50 LIDAR System. The Leica ALS50, unveiled for the first time at the International LIDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) in New Orleans, La., has scanning speeds 20-40 percent faster than competing systems. Measuring roughly 9.5 inches tall and weighing 65 pounds, the compact ALS50 Scanner Assembly allows fast and simple installation in helicopters and small aircraft.

Ron Roth, product manager for both the ALS40 and ALS50, stated, “As the most versatile and powerful LIDAR system available in the industry, regardless of size, the new ALS50 uses the proven modular Equipment Rack from the existing ALS40 system and significantly more compact Scanner Assembly. The ALS50 range and intensity settings can be altered mid flight, on a flightline-by-flightline basis. And, it offers multi-mode operation, 1-3 return signal intensity measurement with automatic gain control (AGC), as well as pulse rates up to 52 kHz.“

LIDAR technology is an efficient and flexible tool for generating accurate DTMs day or night, especially over large areas of featureless or densely covered terrain not conducive to traditional photogrammetric methods. Delivering the strengths of the ALS40 in a compact, tidy package, the Leica ALS50 enters the industry as a top-performing LIDAR solution.