New LiDAR solution from Wingtra

Leading remote sensing drone maker Wingtra has just announced the launch of a new LiDAR solution to go with its series of drone models.

The Swiss company claims its new data collection payload, called Wingtra LIDAR, integrates the efficiency, ease of operation, and high accuracy of the WingtraOne GEN II drones with a state-of-the-art Wingtra-engineered LIDAR sensor, setting a new benchmark in the industry.

And Julian Mackern, Product Manager at Wingtra, thinks this is a significant advancement in drone LIDAR technology, offering an all-encompassing solution that covers everything from the initial discovery phase through to project implementation and infrastructure maintenance.

“We’re excited to deliver a LIDAR drone mapping solution to our customers, which we’re confident will exceed their expectations, cut their costs and headaches, and win them more bids,” Mackem said.

“We’re already seeing our first customers comment how surprisingly easy it is to set up, fly and generate a high-quality point cloud. And as always, we keep our promise with the data: high-precision, reliable and repeatable.”

Mackem added that his company has already sent out the payload for trials with some of its clients who already use the WingtraOne GEN II drones for mapping for photogrammetric analysis of worksites.

The payload integrates Hesai’ scanner, Inertial Labs’ Interial Measurement Unit (IMU), and NovAtel Global Navigation satellite System (GNSS) to “dramatically reduces the need for time-consuming post-processing strip alignment, delivering precise terrain information immediately from each efficient flight”.

According to the manufacturer, the Wingtra LIDAR also significantly reduces field time, requiring no calibration and initialising in just one minute. The Wingtra LIDAR app and automated experience is also easy to use, even for users new to LIDAR data capture.

 “Wingtra LIDAR capture and processing is super efficient,” said Leo Liu, Director of Mapping Solutions at Inertial Labs.

“Technically, if you have everything structured, it’s literally one click and it’s done to get you to that point cloud. In terms of drone LIDAR capture, the goal is that it has to get cheaper and simpler to use. And the good news is that that’s happening with Wingtra.”

The Wingtra LIDAR also offers three-centimetre vertical accuracy, which the manufacturer says was independently verified by lead customers as top of the range from a 60m flight height.

“Point density is top of its class, and the WingtraOne GEN II’s design and automated flight pattern ensure consistency across different pilots.”

Carlos Femmer, Director of Data Acquisition at HDR, is one of the clients who tested the new solution.

“We’re seeing [USGS topographical] quality level zero results on hard surfaces, which are quality results,” Femmer said of his experience with the new gadget.

“We were able to test the horizontal and vertical strip alignment quality. We looked at both vegetated areas and non-vegetated areas, and it’s very clean, it aligns well. There’s minimal noise as compared to other LIDAR sensors in this price range and it delivers exceptional overall precision.

“Wingtra’s automated LIDAR capture is, in my opinion, better than other systems in this price range. I can send three different pilots to the same location and get the same quality result processing on the back end.”

Wingtra is a leading drone technology company specialising in the development and manufacturing of high-end drone solutions for the enterprise market in a variety of industries.


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