Leica Geosystems has announced the new Pegasus:Multiscope, developed in concert with Estonian military technology company Milrem. The Pegasus:Multiscope is the first unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for off-road use, opening new applications in surveying, security, and monitoring. The platform allows for unmanned surveying applications in challenging environments and hints at a future where certain land surveys could be automated by such systems.
Milrem and Leica Geosystems first demonstrated Pegasus:Multiscope during HxGN LIVE on Monday, June 13th.
Pegasus:Multiscope is ideal for industries that can gain from automating processes to eliminate physical risk, such as surveying challenging terrain for civil engineering infrastructure projects, agriculture, or in hazardous areas such as near nuclear power stations or areas of intense conflict. The UGV’s low ground pressure allows it to traverse any type of terrain, including mud, sand or snow and when combined with the Pegasus:Two’s multiple sensor options, the applications are unlimited.
For automated surveys, Pegasus:Multiscope can follow a pre-programmed route and detect changes. Using the cameras calibrated to the 3D point cloud from the Pegasus:Two, change detection with Leica MapFactory for AutoCAD can be seen within 2- 3 cm. Thermal imaging is also available on the Pegasus:Two.
Combining Milrem’s Multiscope UGV and Leica Geosystems’ Pegasus:Two mobile mapping sensor platform, the UGV provides faster, cost-effective, and flexible technology for many aplications beyond surveying.
For civil engineers for example, the UGV is able to more easily and cost effectively traverse potentially dangerous or difficult areas, such as unstable riverbanks when surveying for dam construction.
In agriculture, ground level autonomous monitoring of large-scale farming offers the potential of real-time essential data for improved productivity. The Pegasus:Multiscope can provide the data for critical agricultural decisions such as smart monitoring for field drainage or ripeness.
“We live in an ever-changing world where difficult terrain can prohibit our abilities to advance. We can now overcome these challenge with the Pegasus:Multiscope, enabling mobile mapping to be carried out in places unreachable by traditional vehicles,” said Stuart Woods, vice president of Leica Geosystems Geospatial Solutions Division. “Knowing Milrem’s pioneering reputation, we are proud to partner with this solutions provider to bring a flexible and robust autonomous platform that speaks to our organizations’ combined innovation.”
Kuldar Väärsi, CEO, Milrem AS says the Pegasus:Multiscope “proves how far UGVs have advanced to help significantly increase efficiency in civil engineering, border patrol, and a range of commercial applications.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with Leica Geosystems for the first product in the Multiscope modular UGV series and demonstrate how our combined technology offers reduced labor costs, faster results, and much higher reliability than existing options,” he said.
Learn more about the Pegasus range of solutions at local distributors C.R.Kennedy.