RIEGL VZ-2000i auto-registers data in real-time, compatible with custom apps

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In Berlin this year, RIEGL announced a number of products, including a new RiCopter and a version of their miniVUX-1UAV lidar that looks down for better corridor mapping.

The company was also showing off their new VZ-2000i terrestrial laser scanner. This device features a “future-oriented” processing architecture—including two on-board processors—that enables it to run multiple parallel processes. While scanning in the field, the device can perform registration, geo-referencing, and orientation of data simultaneously, and in real time.

Notably, RIEGL says the new scanner includes full documentation of all of its components, which offers a “sound basis” for developing your own custom Python apps to enhance scanner functionality.

Specs: Fast, Long-Range

The scanner is designed to be fast and work well over long distances, capturing 1.2 million points per second at up to 2,500 meters. It boasts 5 mm accuracy and 3 mm precision. RIEGL recommends the device for topography and mining, city modeling, tunnel surveying, civil engineering, and natural hazard surveying, among other applications.

As you might expect from RIEGL, the device features a recent iteration of the company’s waveform-liar technology, which uses echo digitization, online waveform processing, and multiple-time-around processing to offer accurate measurements regardless of weather conditions or range requirements.

User-friendly options

Alongside the VZ-2000i, RIEGL announced a new app that will let users control the VZ line of scanners remotely, “from anywhere in the world.” This app, available for Windows and Apple devices, displays the GUI of the scanner on your screen, whether you are local or connected to the device remotely.

It also includes a number of pre-defined workflows that allow users to operate the scanner by pressing one GUI button per scanner position. “Once the scanner is re-arranged,” RIEGL says, “a new scan position will automatically be generated.”

For further details see RIEGL’s website.

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SPAR 3D Editor Sean Higgins produces SPAR 3D's weekly newsletters for 3D-scanning professionals, and spar3d.com. Sean has previously worked as a technical writer, a researcher, a freelance technology writer, and an editor for various arts publications. He has degrees from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he studied the history of sound-recording technologies. Sean is a native of Maine and lives in Portland.

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