Innovative Mapping Solution for Underground Environments

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Data capture experts have been using Hovermap payload to map challenging and dangerous environments, from the world’s deepest base-metal mine to oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. It is a proven LiDAR mapping and autonomy solution for challenging GPS-denied environments.

Now, the latest upgraded version Hovermap ST mapping solution with the automatic ground control feature, developed by Emesent, will empower users to capture these environments and others, more accurately and faster than ever before.

The system’s tough, lightweight, IP65 weather-sealed design enables the capture of valuable data in previously inaccessible areas.

The combination of precision engineering, SLAM algorithms, and robust drone autonomy capability provides accurate LiDAR mapping for as-builts, surveys, or inspections.

Equally capable above ground or underground, indoors or out, the system can easily be switched from a drone flight to a walking, vehicle – or backpack-mounted scan, providing the versatility needed to capture data anywhere.

Hovermap ST features a powerful embedded computer for autonomy and mapping, and an accessory expansion port to further enhance its capabilities. 

The rotating LiDAR produces up to 600,000 points per second in dual return mode, covering a near spherical field of view.

Hovermap has made significant impacts in mining and other verticals, earning a reputation for its versatility, ease of use, and mapping data quality. When coupled with a drone, it can be used for reconnaissance and rescue purposes in GPS denied and inaccessible locations.

The latest improvements allow autonomous data capture in even harsher environments and for a wider range of use cases, according to the company.