Siteco Informatica S.R.L has released the new Sky-Scanner LiDAR and image data collection system for UAVs. In development since early 2015, the Sky-Scanner has already exceeded all performance expectations on the DJI-S1000 and DJI Matrice-600 airborne platforms.

The development project was spearheaded in collaboration with:

  • LTS, a high-tech survey company headquartered in Treviso, Itally and shareholder of UNISKY (spinoff of the Venice University)
  • ASCO-DAITO Co. Ltd., Japanese leader of surveying, inspection and environmental engineering. Since early 2015, ASCO has been operating a Siteco Road-Scanner system throughout Japan for high accuracy 3D railway and roadway infrastructure capture

“We have seen many companies offering UAV solutions, but none have been able to deliver the data quality at a price required by our partners,” says Eng. Augusto Burchi, Siteco’s CEO. “The Sky-Scanner is the first such light, compact and cost-effective system deployable on most commercially available UAVs.”

Based on specific price/performance requirements of ASCO, Siteco worked with LTS to develop the Sky-Scanner. This airborne data collection system fills the gap between the low-cost, low-altitude photogrammetry approach of current UAV systems and the more complex and expensive LiDAR systems typically deployed on manned fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The system is delivered as a compact and light configuration (3.5 kilograms, including batteries) with up to five hours of data collection time.

The Sky-Scanner, equipped with a Velodyne VLP16 scanner, 16-20 Mpx high-resolution camera for imagery and an Applanix AP15 inertial navigation system, has succeeded in delivering verified accuracies of ±5 centimeters on regular surfaces (road, walls), and ±8 centimeters on natural ground with vegetation, capable of generating high-quality orthophotos. The double return laser scanner allows vegetation filtering.

ASCO-DAITO presented the system at the EE-Tohoku Engineering Exhibitionon next June 1.

About SitecoInformatica

A unit of the Gavio Group, Siteco was established in 1995 as a civil engineering infrastructure, software and technical consulting firm. In 2005 the firm developed the first scalable, fully integrated mobile mapping system and has since been delivering flexible roadway management mobile mappers in price, performance and software.