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LidarSwiss Deploys Cepton Lidar for Drone-based Mapping, Analytics

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October 17, 2022

Cepton, which develops high-performance lidar solutions, has announced it is working with LidarSwiss Solutions GmbH to deploy its lidar technology for a drone-based mapping and analytics solution aimed at infrastructure management and engineering design applications.

LidarSwiss is a Switzerland-based provider of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based lidar solutions. Using Cepton’s Sora lidar sensor, its Nano P60 system provides high-fidelity mapping and real-time processing on the fly to serve engineers, forestry managers and urban planners around the world. To date, Nano P60 has been used to map and analyze powerlines, site development areas, flood plains and highways in more than 20 cities across Asia, Europe and Australia.

The Nano P60 integrates the Sora sensor with a high-precision IMU/GNSS unit and high-resolution camera system. An intelligent controller with LidarSwiss proprietary software automatically combines the raw data to generate high-density, high-precision RGB attributed 3D laser point clouds during flight. With a weight of 2.1 kg, the system can be mounted on small drones to produce mapping products such as digital orthophotos, digital elevation models and 3D models, or to integrate with third-party software to enable solutions for applications such as digital twins, smart cities, and building information management (BIM).

“The prominent features of the Nano P60 are its high stability, point density and intelligence,” said Robert Kletzli, founder and CTO at LidarSwiss. “This lidar-enabled system addresses the critical gap of 3D accuracy with traditional camera and stereo imaging technologies. Now, instead of needing two images to see a single point and detect its elevation, Nano P60 utilizes lidar’s intrinsic 3D imaging capabilities to achieve maximized efficiency, making real-time processing and analytics possible. Cepton’s Sora lidar is among the most compact, lightweight lidar sensors that we have tested and offers an unparalleled combination of high resolution, longer range in the same category and cost efficiency. Its unique lidar architecture allows seamless integration, making Nano P60 a true plug-and-play system with solid-state reliability.”

“We are proud to be supporting LidarSwiss and its customers with our lidar technology to unlock applications such as 3D modeling for BIM, historical site mapping, terrain modeling for heavy vegetation areas, volumetric calculations for mining, power line inspection and forestry mapping,” said Klaus Wagner, director of product management and marketing at Cepton. “Powered by Cepton’s proprietary lidar technologies, it is compact, lightweight and rotation-free, making it ideal for small UAV applications.”

LidarSwiss said it will showcase the Nano P60 at the INTERGEO show, held this week in Essen, Germany. For more details on the company and its technology, visit the LidarSwiss website here. To learn more about Cepton, visit its website here.

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