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SCANNER: Neptec’s 3-D laser penetrates dust and more

OTTAWA – Neptec Technologies Corp., a spin-out of Neptec Design Group, an award winning space flight technology company and NASA Prime Contractor, is introducing its new OPAL-360 series of obscurant-penetrating 3-D laser scanners at the...


OTTAWA – Neptec Technologies Corp., a spin-out of Neptec Design Group, an award winning space flight technology company and NASA Prime Contractor, is introducing its new OPAL-360 series of obscurant-penetrating 3-D laser scanners at the Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium, held in conjunction with the 2013 CIM convention next week.

Neptec Technologies is taking orders for June delivery of its rugged, multi-purpose 360° LiDAR sensors, which are uniquely suited for autonomous off-road vehicles and robotics applications in harsh environments, as well as more conventional survey, mapping and monitoring tasks. Unlike conventional laser scanners, OPAL scanners can see through obscurants such as dust, smoke or fog and are packaged to withstand the physical abuse they will be subjected to in applications in the mining, oil and gas, and construction industries, and for defence and security applications.

The OPAL-360 is environmentally sealed with no externally moving parts, has a –40C to +65C operating temperature range, and is ruggedized to withstand significant vibration and shock levels. It delivers an unprecedented combination of range, data density, acquisition speed and obscurant penetrating capability. Different versions in the OPAL-360 series support ranges of 400 metre out to 3 km at accuracies of one centimeter and data acquisition rates of up to 200,000 points per second.

In real-time applications such as autonomous navigation or monitoring, it’s not about collecting and processing millions of data points per second but about collecting the right amount of 3-D data that contains the actionable information you really need.

OPAL sensors collect 3D data in 360 degrees in seconds using a unique, non-overlapping scan pattern and can adjust the amount of data being collected in real-time under software control – from sparse to high resolution – without relying on vehicle movement to fill in those “data gaps.” They are compatible with Neptec’s 3DRi (3-D real-time intelligence) software toolkit, which includes “out-of-the-box” features such as automatic change detection, automatic scan alignment, and object recognition and tracking. OPAL and 3DRi products make it easy to integrate optimized 3-D machine vision solutions and reduce development and lifecycle costs.

Visit NeptecTechnologies.com to download the OPAL brochure.


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