Apple Acquires Indoor Navigation Startup

Silicon Valley-based indoor navigation company WiFiSLAM has been purchased by Apple. The US information technology giant reportedly paid USD20 million for the two-year-old startup. WiFiSLAM has developed methods for mobile apps to detect a phone user’s indoor location using Wi-Fi signals. The main product of WiFiSLAM smartphone is a location-based mobile app that allows users to pinpoint their location (and the location of their friends) in real-time to 2.5m accuracy using only ambient Wi-Fi signals that are already present in buildings. WiFiSLAM is a small company with only a couple of employees, interestingly composed of a mix of former Google... (read more)
2013-03-25 11:33:59

New GeoSLAM Scanner Combines Detailed Data Points with High-resolution Imagery

Geospatial mapping technology specialist GeoSLAM has launched its latest product that offers property professionals the ability to capture floorplans and high-resolution photography simultaneously. The ZEB PANO, a handheld simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) scanner and panoramic camera, has been developed for the property sector. SLAM technology is widely known for its use in the automotive industry for self-driving cars, but the technology has applications far beyond that. Capable of capturing 43,000 data points per second and high-resolution panoramic imagery at the same time, the ZEB PANO stores the exact location of each panoramic image enabling quicker, more accurate, and less... (read more)
2019-03-26 09:39:21

Viametris Introduces vMS3D for Vehicles

Viametris, a leader in mobile scanning technology, has announced the introduction of their new mobile scanning system for vehicles, the vMS3D. The mobile mapping system is dedicated to outdoors, roads and urban areas utilising innovative technology for localisation not dependent upon GNSS receivers and poor GNSS reception quality is no longer a problem. This technology is no longer tightly dependent on GNSS receivers. Based on unique technology, and years of expertise in indoor mobile scanning, Viametris has become a leading expert in mobile scanning in GNSS-denied environments. Mobile mapping systems allow rapid measurements, faster than any other technologies. But one main... (read more)
2017-04-19 04:26:50

3D Handheld Scanning of Historic Buildings

Cataloguing the Intricacies of Oxford University
Oriel College in the UK is blessed with alumni including two Nobel laureates, one of them being a founding member of the Oxford Movement (the Catholic revival in the Church of England). While the academic prowess of the college is not in any doubt, the structural integrity of an institution that was founded in 1326 is naturally less certain. Located in the heart of Oxford and made up of a myriad of buildings, with around 200 rooms across five storeys fulfilling a variety of uses, Oriel College presented unique scanning challenges. The custodians of Oriel College needed to assess the... (read more)
2017-04-25 11:53:24

Marianne Løvås

Marianne Løvås completed her thesis about the use of SLAM in mobile mapping for her master’s degree in geomatics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2017. Since then she has been working with mobile mapping at TerraTec AS. (read more)
2018-08-08 09:55:58

Stuart Cadge

Stuart Cadge is a marketeer specialising in the technology and geospatial sectors. After beginning his career in architecture, he moved into the GIS and mapping domain, obtaining his MSc in Cartography and GIS at the University of Glasgow in 2013. Following a spell as a mapmaker in Edinburgh, Stuart made the move to 3D laser mapping specialists GeoSLAM in 2015. (read more)
2018-10-24 04:28:19

How Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence Boost Mapping

Reflecting the migration of people from rural areas to cities, the need to monitor and maintain urban spaces and corridors – both outdoors and in – is expanding. Automation of (3D) mapping of such spaces from overlapping digital images and Lidar point clouds has heavily benefited from fundamental research in the realms of computer vision and artificial intelligence. Recently, robotics has been added to this series as a powerful engine for driving further new developments in automatic mapping. In robotics, one is faced with the problem of determining the path of a robot through a room, shopping mall or other... (read more)
2014-04-01 03:14:54

New Partnership to Develop Advanced Laser Scanning Technology

CartoConsult recently signed a joint venture agreement with Proteus to develop and promote the use of the latest laser scanning technology. As new systems such as handheld mobile mappers, UAV-mounted sensors and even vehicle guidance systems are launched to market, the partnership will assess their application for real-world projects in a diverse range of industry sectors. The partnership includes completing field tests and developing best-practice references. With the joint venture between CartoConsult and Proteus, both companies aim to provide a complete solution for clients, initially within the architectural, engineering and property development sectors using a handheld mobile mapping system. By working... (read more)
2015-12-30 11:38:53

ZEB1 Helps Preserve Earthquake-prone Buildings in New Zealand

New Zealand-based company Solutions By Zeal is reaping the benefits of using the ZEB1 handheld laser mapping system to survey buildings at risk from earthquakes or in need of restoration or redevelopment. Having already generated nationwide headlines with the use of the laser scanner from 3D Laser Mapping, the company is now reporting savings of up to 80 percent in building measurement costs. A specialist in low-impact restoration and strengthening projects, Solutions By Zeal was the first to demonstrate and implement the ZEB1 in New Zealand. Solutions By Zeal initially brought the ZEB1 to New Zealand for use on the... (read more)
2014-11-05 10:22:29

Is This New Indoor Mobile Mapping System Setting a New Standard?

NavVis, a Germany-based specialist in mobile indoor mapping, visualisation and navigation, has launched the M6, a next-generation indoor mobile mapping system that aims to overcome the scalability and data-quality constraints of today’s reality capture technology. Surveyors and AEC professionals can now use reality capture technology for demanding applications, such as large-scale indoor mapping projects, factory planning, creating and updating as-built BIM models and construction monitoring. The NavVis M6 is an all-in-one system that captures 360 degree immersive imagery, photorealistic point clouds, Bluetooth beacons, WiFi signals and magnetic field data. The NavVis M6 features a mobile Lidar system that, according to... (read more)
2018-04-18 01:29:13
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