Leica Geosystems has released its next-generation vehicle independent mobile mapping platform, Pegasus:Two.
By calibrating imagery and LiDAR point cloud data, the Pegasus:Two delivers highly accurate geospatial data in a 360° spherical view while providing two methods for extracting data – either through LiDAR or via photogrammetry.
The device features six horizontal cameras, plus an optional rear camera and a skyward view camera, a single high speed LiDAR sensor, and an external output for an additional sensor, and can be used for various applications, including pavement analysis or geo-referencing railways systems.
Leica claims that the device has the largest pixel-to-sensor ratio on the market at 5.5 x 5.5 µm, to deliver high image resolution, in a 4MP camera and using a single low-noise, high-speed profiler.
Users can download data via the Internet or the faster USB3 interface from multi-core PC with 1TB storage and a solid state drive.
The latest mobile mapping software now offers semi-automatic object extraction features, which enable easy-to-use two-click GIS metadata extraction or calculation of distances on-the-fly directly into ArcGIS for Desktop software.
Leica Geosystems also introduces an external timing output and trigger signal for use with a variety of additional sensors, from a thermal camera, to ground penetrating radar, sonar, or even a pollution monitor. The External Trigger feature synchronises time stamping and coordinates user data with one click, making 3D mobile mapping very user-friendly.
Equipped with the Novatel’s latest ProPak6 receiver for the most demanding city or rugged environments, the Pegasus:Two can track signals of all available constellations: GPS, Glonass, Galileo and BeiDou, as well as L-band, SBAS, and QZSS band coverage. The system also provides a low noise, 200hz Inertial Measurement Unit for tracking the vehicle path.
The system continues to fit in only two travel cases. A convenient handle surrounding the unit enables easy mounting on and off your vehicles. The Pegasus:Two is a vehicle-independent system with a rechargeable 11 hour battery, and can be used on any moving platform.
Along with the Pegasus:Two, the advanced prototype, Pegasus:T2, a trolley based mobile system weighing less than 20 kilograms will also be on display at the HxGN LIVE 2014 Conference in Las Vegas.
Further information on the Leica Pegasus:Two can be found on the Leica Geosystems website.