XenomatiX launches 6D road scanning
XenomatiX announced that it has developed XenoTrack, a high-resolution “road LiDAR” designed specifically for scanning and digitizing road surfaces.
Since roads wear with loads and seasons, 6D road scanning is designed to allow road managers to effectively analyze the road surface for cracks, waviness, rutting, potholes, or other damages, and to determine if and when maintenance or repair is needed.
Using its solid-state LiDAR systems, the company acquires and analyzes pavement condition data for road networks. The road scanning sensor is mounted on top of a regular vehicle and digitizes the road surface, collecting the following types of data: 3D point clouds, surface reflectivity data, camera images, and GPS data. These measurements can be delivered as raw data or can be analyzed by the company’s road engineering experts using generic or customized algorithms.
“The XenoTrack LiDAR sensors measure the pavement very precisely on the road, over more than one lane wide, and for long distances in one run,” said Kris De Meester, VP of Sales and BD at XenomatiX. “So, the full road is digitized, and any index or quality parameter can be calculated according to local or international standards.”
The company’s road LiDAR follows a solid-state design protocol and emits thousands of individual laser beams (invisible IR light) simultaneously to the road in a “multi-beam” approach. From there, the reflected light (photons) is captured by yet another chip.
“A fast running algorithm does the rest, calculating the individual 3D point clouds and stitching each point cloud to the previous one,” said De Meester. “The only scanning happening is achieved by the movement of the vehicle.”
The company says that while XenoTrack will fit any vehicle, it doesn’t have to stay on one vehicle indefinitely. Flexibility was a vital area of focus for engineers and product developers at the company. The team wanted it to cover as many miles as possible and on numerous vehicles if necessary.
“After a day or a week, the same LiDAR can be mounted on another vehicle and travel across different parts of the road network,” said De Meester.
For more information, visit www.xenomatix.com.