What is LiDAR?

LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging, and is a remote sensing method. It uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth. These light pulses — combined with other data recorded by a system — are processed to create highly accurate, three-dimensional information about the surface it has scanned.

A LiDAR instrument principally consists of a laser, a scanner, and a specialized GPS receiver. There are two types of LiDAR used today, topographic and bathymetric.

Phoenix LiDAR Systems builds topographic, multi vehicle compatible solutions. This particular type of LiDAR uses an eye-friendly near-infrared laser to map the land.

LiDAR systems allow a variety of professionals to examine both natural and manmade environments with accuracy, precision, and flexibility. Our products service a range of applications to produce data on items ranging from vegetation management, more accurate shoreline maps, infrastructure and construction management, digital elevation models for use in geographic information systems, to assistance in emergency response operations, and many others.