Geodetics Teams with Velodyne for Real-Time Mobile Mapping Systems

SAN DIEGO, CA – Geodetics Inc. has teamed up with Silicon Valley’s Velodyne LiDAR -- and the fruits of that collaboration were front and center at AUVSI’s just-concluded Unmanned Systems Conference/Trade Show, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Unmanned Systems 2015 convened the largest global community of commercial and defense leaders in intelligent robotics, drones and unmanned systems, powered by AUVSI. On May 4, every domain — air, ground and maritime — and industry, from agriculture and construction to energy and academia, converged under one roof to shape the future through shared thought leadership and technology innovations.

Velodyne and Geodetics will work on a variety of initiatives to enhance each others technologies and products with the goal of offering a small-size integrated inertial navigation and LiDAR-based mobile mapping payload for UAVs and other autonomous platforms. Payloads will include Velodyne’s HDL-64E, HDL-32E and VLP-16 real-time LiDAR systems combined with Geodetics’ Geo-iNAV® inertial navigation systems.

Velodyne’s LiDAR sensors are the highest performance LiDAR systems on the market in their size, weight and power class. Geo-iNAV® is a fully-integrated GPS-aided inertial navigation system that provides real-time, high-precision positioning and navigation for manned and unmanned air, sea and ground vehicles. It combines GPS and proprietary sensor fusion technologies to achieve centimeter-level real-time positioning and navigation for dynamic platforms.

“We’re delighted to work with Geodetics to ease the integration process for our customers,” said David Oroshnik, Technical Sales Engineer, Velodyne LiDAR. “Our decision to support Geodetics is based upon the growing demand for cost-effective, small-sized, fully-integrated mobile mapping payloads that deliver performance traditionally associated with higher-end systems.”

“Velodyne’s LiDAR systems enable Geodetics’ products to reach new markets and customers by delivering high performance in a smaller package and for a lower cost than competing devices,” said Dr. Lydia Bock, Geodetics President and CEO.

With recent advances in unmanned vehicle technologies, the GNSS ecosystem has expanded to support such mission-critical applications as mobile mapping. These applications increasingly require more accurate navigation to accomplish their mission. The Geo-iNAV® family of inertial navigation products delivers this capability with industry-leading features that support reliable and precise navigation with a low SWaP (size, weight and power) profile for autonomous vehicles and payloads on manned vehicles. Geo-iNAV® is offered in several configurations designed to meet a wide range of requirements. It is available in commercial as well as SAASM configurations, meeting a wide range of inertial navigation application requirements.

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