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I received quite a bit of feedback on a recent blog post concerning the issue of hacking LiDAR systems, particularly those that could be guiding a driverless vehicle. As you can see, the tone of my post was on the negative side, but most of the comments pointed to the positive side of hacking, such as the fact that hacks can reveal weaknesses in the system that once identified can then be addressed before they become major problems. Good point. I guess it's the term itself that points people in the wrong direction.
Bill Gutelius attended the recent AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 in Washington, DC. His report highlights the investment that is taking place in this exploding industry.
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Thoughts from AUVSI 2013
While I was unable to make it in time for the first day, I did manage to attend the entire second day through to the end of AUVSI 2013 on the 15th. I spent almost my entire 3 days talking to folks on the exhibition floor, because that?s where the cool ?toys? are. Of course, of interest to LIDAR News readers, there were well-known industry players: Teledyne (Optech), Riegl, Trimble, Neptec, MDL, LTI, Novatel, Advanced Scientific ...

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Puma AE (All Environment) is a small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) designed for land based and maritime operations. Capable of landing in the water or ...
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New Articles from the LiDAR News team...
Ted Mort 
What?s the Point with Survey Control?: Ted Mort ? O.K., before I get started I just want to make sure everyone knows that I come from a Civil/Survey background and deeply respect the profession. In fact, I recommend control be provided by a licensed surveyor prior to any renovation or new building project. However, after working with numerous trades ...
Catching Fire!: Jeff Fagerman ? If you have teenagers or follow recent movies, then you should recognize that title, Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins, is the second book in her trilogy: The Hunger Games. The movie version will be released later this year. And just what in the world does this have to do with LiDAR? Not much at all really, except for the question that it sparks ...
Bringing Together Nations to Save Connected Cultural Heritage: Justin Barton ? Terrestrial laser scanning is a tool originally developed for the plant and industrial markets that was quickly embraced by many other fields with new applications and wider adoption growing rapidly. It is not news to veterans in the LiDAR field that terrestrial and aerial scanning have become ...
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Optech is the world leader in the development, manufacture and support of advanced lidar and imaging-based survey instruments. With operations and staff worldwide, Optech offers both standalone and fully integrated lidar and camera solutions in airborne mapping, airborne laser bathymetry, mobile mapping, terrestrial laser scanning, mine cavity monitoring, and industrial process control, as well as space-proven sensors.


Bluesky Aerial Mapping Helps Restore Peak District National Park
13th Annual Civil Commercial Imagery Evaluation Workshop sponsored by JACIE
DroneMetrex Maps A Railway with Unsurpassed Accuracy from its Topodrone-100.
New Broadway 3D Face Recognition System from Artec Group in Palo Alto, CA Installed at the International Airport of Sochi, Russia
Laser Scanner Helps ENRC Improve Mine Safety
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) Introduces the TigerCub 3D Flash LIDAR? Camera with Zephyr Laser
ASPRS Executive Director James Plasker Announces His Retirement
Bluesky Aerial Photography Aids Development Site Planning in the UK
Blue Marble Teams Up with MundoGeo to Offer a Spanish Webinar for GIS Professionals
Brunson Instrument Company Unveils New Website and Mobile Application for the Alignment and Metrology Industries
Tri-State Transmission & Generation Retain Merrick to Provide Additional Services to Meet NERC Reliability Standards
3D Laser Mapping?s StreetMapper Takes to the Railway Tracks with Terrametrix
GCS Geospatial Big Data Webinar: Moving to Mobility
NVision Saves Clients Time and Money with Consulting-First Approach
LandWorks Offers Free Trial of New Online Property Mapping Service
ASPRS Lidar Division Releases First LAS Domain Profile
Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) 2013 Brims with 3D Measurement Innovations and Information
Laser Scanning and BIM Support Energy Efficiency for Residential and Commercial Buildings
Education, UAVs and Business Development - Highlights of MAPPS Summer Conference
Scripting Power: Unleashing the Potential of the Point Cloud
Velodyne HDL-32E LiDAR on UAV
Trimble Introduces Next Generation Tablet PC for SurveyingTrimble Introduces Next Generation Tablet PC for Surveying
ASPRS Launches First eBook ?Manual of Airborne Topographic Lidar
Orbit GT and ESRI The Netherlands Sign Reseller Agreement at ESRI UC
GRW Purchases Optech Gemini ALTM LiDAR Sensor
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