LORD Corporation has partnered with Emesent, supplying its inertial sensors for use in the Hovermap platform, which automates the collection and analysis of data in challenging GPS-denied environments. The platform is designed to provide efficiency, safety and operational insights to various industries, including the underground industry.
As a Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM)-based LiDAR mapping and autonomy payload, Hovermap relies on inertial sensors to aid the SLAM solution in real-time. Hovermap’s autonomy algorithms build on this real-time SLAM solution to allow autonomous flight in GPS-denied environments with omni-directional LiDAR-based collision avoidance. This enables safe autonomous drone flight indoors, underground, or up-close to structures for mapping and inspection. Hovermap is used for underground mine mapping, asset management in telecom, transmissions, towers, wind turbines and bridges, as well as energy powerline inspections and construction building monitoring.