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LIDAR and Cloud solutions - The evolution of 3D survey technologies actuality

LIDAR and Cloud solutions - The evolution of 3D survey technologies

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LIDAR and Cloud solutions - The evolution of 3D survey technologies

Technological progress never stops. Constant improvements make changes that can revolutionize an industry. What you need to look for are technologies that have evolved separately and are now applied together to create huge opportunities.

Some examples of this include the connection of calculation, GPS and mobile technologies to create the iPhone, or the combination of broadband, Internet and smart televisions to create streaming services such as Netflix.

One of these developments is the combination of laser digitization and cloud computing to offer new reading possibilities. Possibilities that can go far beyond the construction sector and open new markets and applications.

Subject technologies

The LIDAR is in no way a new technology. The first Lidar prototype was built in 1961, shortly after the invention of the laser itself. However, the LIDAR and 3D digitization only appeared in the late 90s.  

The scanners themselves had to mature in terms of precision, reliability and ease of use . As with all new devices, the software that made it possible to control them ended up going from a complex use reserved for experts with simple use adapted to everyone.

Basically, it was necessary to create, manage and treat points of points even. Today, processing software that exploits new artificial intelligence and automatic learning techniques allow you to create points of points faster, with more certainty and less manual intervention. More specifically, this development has made it possible to create workflows and processes without manual supervision.

It was obvious from the first days that the 3D laser statement could not progress without improving the calculation technology. Previously, the points of points were to be delivered on external hard drives or USB keys, because the files were considered too large to be transmitted by the Internet. But with the progress of treatment technologies, bandwidth and storage, points clouds can be delivered to cloud platforms. This evolution fundamentally changes the role and profession of the surveyor of today.

The evolution of cloud solutions

Cloud solutions should no longer be considered as server and Equity storage spaces cheap, or as easy ways to share simple emails / files. The trend, among first cloud users, was to select and move existing applications and data in the cloud. What we see of the next development phase of cloud solutions is a real change in real results. The Cloud is now more perceived as a catalyst to pass in a traditional way to do business in a digital way. In the construction sector for example, this implies the passing of papers in digital models Bim.  

in each sector its use of the cloud with a specificity of data sources, workflows and standards . A health -focused cloud manages large volumes of electronic health files with HIPAA compliance while providing specific health services such as medical invoicing and care coordination.

let's see how Certain emerging developments in the cloud will have an impact on the statement and will influence what we consider as a statement technology.

Calculation power

We cannot escape the fact that the Creation, recording and processing of points clouds are intense calculation and storage tasks. Good news: the cloud always meets these basic needs.  

Innovation in processors accelerates. Cloud suppliers are now deploying their own compatible cloud processors developed internally. AWS recently introduced M6G instances. These offer higher performance of almost 40% at a lower cost of 20% compared to Amazon's own M5 instances, powered by the Intel Xeon Platinum 8000 series. The company has also announced specific examples of automatic learning . Powered by its tailor -made Inferentia processor, it claims a speed 3 times higher and a cost per inference up to 40% lower compared to the Nvidia G4 chips.

AWS already provides calculation instances to General use, optimized calculation, optimized memory, accelerated calculation and optimized storage. For statement technology, this capacity range simply cannot be provided internally and will offer you the best price / performance options.

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Stable modular infrastructure

Be able to process and store digital information from various sites to various stakeholders is essential to get the most out of Reality Capture. The decision on the space where the data must be processed (on the device, on the site, locally or centralized) will be the key to the success of a project and is another functionality which, until recently, n 'was not available with cloud solutions.

For many years, there is the concept of the hybrid cloud - certain treatments or applications remain internally while others are treated in the cloud - but that Was mainly carried out by large companies. Recent developments will make this model much more suitable for the type of treatment distributed necessary for surveyors.

AWS has teamed up with telecommunications operators to integrate AWS equipment into the telecommunications infrastructure, allowing users to access the AWS services as close as possible to the point of use. By integrating AWS calculation and storage services on the outskirts of the network, application traffic only needs to be transferred from the source device to a cell tower and then to a wavelength area running On a metro aggregation site.

The potential management of scans and 3D data in this way should simplify the connectivity, security, collection and analysis of data by surveyors. This so-called "edge computing" will allow faster response times (thanks to lower latency), the ability to unload computer tasks (which could in turn allow faster results and reduce consumption energy) and potentially lead to simpler and less expensive use.

Internet Communications 5G Objects

The evolution of digitization technologies and cloud solutions will be drawn to the high by the technological advances that we have told you about. It is here that 5G comes into play. While previous cell technologies were focused on the mobile phone, low latency and high capacity of the 5G make it ideal for connecting all types of devices - that it is Act of on -site scanners, drones or sensors.

5G will be a transformative force for the surveyors. It will offer improved mobile high speed combined with the potential of huge machine communications volumes based on an ultra -reliable and low latency network. The new rule for the future will be: "Anything that can be connected will be connected".

During this time emerging standards. Project Connected Home Over IP is a new working group supported by Google, Amazon, Apple and the Zigbee group. These main players plan to develop and promote the adoption of a new standard of connectivity without a fee to increase compatibility between intelligent house products, with security as a fundamental design objective. Any development of interoperability standards in IoT domestic technology is likely to have a major impact on the industrial IoT and the tools available for surveyors.

adopt a new and evolving technology

The Lidar will propel the growth of Reality captures over the next few years in many sectors: infrastructure, transport, communications and cartography. It will have an impact on the social, health and environmental sectors, to name only a few.

BIM projects will become the standard drawn by the adoption of cloud solutions industrialists integrating the digitization towards BIM, treatment and collaboration based on the cloud. Cloud projects will benefit from faster processors, driven by the adoption of new cloud -based technologies. 5G is the glue that will link it all together.

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