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Editor Note: This partner spotlight is on Phoenix LiDAR, one of our RIEGL partners who specialize in unique multi-vehicle LiDAR solutions for their clients. We here at RIEGL are proud and honored to work with such a fantastic company and people.
Phoenix LiDAR are pioneers of the UAV LiDAR industry who continue to push research and development to bring customers surveying and mapping solutions that are lighter, more powerful, and easier to use. A RIEGL partner for many years, Phoenix consistently integrates RIEGL sensors into some of its most powerful LiDAR payloads to offer customers a balance of data accuracy, lower weight, and overall budget.
The company came to be in 2012 when CEO Grayson Omans foresaw the convergence of two industries: first, that LiDAR sensors would soon become light enough to fly on unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs or drones, and second, that UAV prices would soon drop enough that surveying organizations and the like would seek drone LiDAR solutions for their offerings. LiDAR, at that time, was widely used in surveying, but unmanned aerial LiDAR was an untapped opportunity.
After working with sensor manufacturers, Phoenix launched the industry’s first commercial UAV LiDAR system. As the UAV LiDAR market grew globally, Phoenix leveraged its head start to develop other “firsts,” including the first real-time 3D point cloud visualizer, which displays live data capture to reduce acquisition error in the field; the first fixed-wing VTOL UAV LiDAR system, which combines the speed of a fixed-wing with the asset protection that VTOL offers for survey environments without runways; and the first cloud-based LiDAR post-processing platform, LiDARMill, which reduces the high investment costs associated with post-processing (www.LiDARMill.com).
Another popular technology for surveying and mapping was, and still is, photogrammetry. Phoenix believes that LiDAR and photogrammetry form a strong complement to a surveyor’s tool chest. Because of its use of lasers, LiDAR addresses some of photogrammetry’s key shortcomings, like a lack of precision accuracy, an inability to penetrate vegetation, and limitations in poor light conditions. When used together, surveyors and mapping professionals are discovering that the pair are a powerful combination.
Phoenix LiDAR Systems
Phoenix LiDAR offers a wide range of custom, survey-grade LiDAR mapping systems, such as the Scout, the Alpha Series, the miniRANGER, and the RANGER Series.The Scout is an entry-level system that enables clients to use LiDAR to penetrate vegetation, map smaller areas, and inspect basic infrastructure. The Alpha and the miniRANGER are both mid-range systems that can tackle more demanding conditions, with the miniRANGER featuring the RIEGL miniVUX.
The most robust and accurate system offered by Phoenix is the RANGER Series, which features variations of the RIEGL VUX, along with Phoenix’s hardware and software. This system can be customized with a host of accessories and cameras, hyperspectral and thermal, to name a few, and is their most flexible system: compatible with aircraft, UAV/drones, vehicles, vessels, and even a backpack mount.
In addition to these custom LiDAR systems, Phoenix training helps clients understand every aspect of their investment, from LiDAR acquisition to post-processing, and even UAV pilot training. This support gives Phoenix clients all the tools needed to serve their clients, in turn.