OTTAWA, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Neptec Technologies Corp. today announced it will be exhibiting its new OPAL-360 series of obscurant-penetrating 3D laser scanners at SPIE Defence, Security + Sensing in Baltimore, Maryland from April 29 to May 3.
The OPAL-360 is a rugged, multi-purpose 360⁰ LiDAR sensor specifically designed for autonomous off-road vehicles and robotics applications in harsh environments. Packaged for off-road vehicles used in the mining, oil and gas, and construction industries and for defence and security applications in harsh environments, the sensor is environmentally sealed (IP67) with no externally moving parts, has a -40⁰ to +65⁰C operating temperature range achieved without fans or heaters for improved reliability, and is ruggedized to withstand significant vibration and shock levels. It delivers an unprecedented combination of range, data density, acquisition speed and obscurant penetrating capability. Different versions in the OPAL-360 series support ranges of 400m out to 3km at accuracies of one centimeter and data acquisition rates of up to 200,000 points per second.
More Information, Less Data!
In real-time applications like surveillance or autonomous navigation, it's not about collecting and, more importantly, having to process millions of data points per second; it's about collecting the right amount of 3D data that contains the actionable information you really need.
OPAL collects 3D data in 360 degrees in seconds using a unique, non-overlapping scan pattern and can adjust the amount of data being collected in real-time under software control - from sparse to high resolution - without relying on vehicle movement to fill in those "data gaps." Neptec's 3DRi software performs real-time change detection and object recognition.
"Now it is possible to collect sparse 3D data and look for interesting changes in real-time, and then dynamically increase the data density to inspect something of interest - the 'needle in the haystack.'" said Mike Sekerka, Chief Operating Officer at Neptec Technologies. "That makes for optimized 'smart scanning' in surveillance and security type applications, even in difficult weather conditions."
Neptec Technologies Corp. will be at Booth #1459 at SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing.
About Neptec Technologies Corp.
Neptec Technologies Corp. develops innovative 3D machine vision products for machine automation and robotics applications in harsh environments. The company was founded in 2011 to commercialize space-technologies developed by Neptec Design Group Ltd., an award-winning space flight technology company and NASA prime contractor. Our first products are a family of obscurant-penetrating laser scanners (OPAL) and a software development tool kit (3DRi) with advanced features such as automatic change detection and object recognition and tracking. Together, these out-of-the-box "building blocks" make it easy to integrate intelligent real-time machine vision applications on autonomous off-road vehicles, and for more familiar LiDAR-based survey and measurement tasks in harsh environments. The company is located in Kanata, Ontario. For more information, visit www.neptectechnologies.com.
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