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New technology is aiming to 3D map the entire surface of the planet using LiDAR

It looks like the future has arrived. A commercial geospatial technology company will set about the task of generating a 3D map of the entire surface of the planet using an extensive network of LiDAR sensors.

What does this mean? Basically, it could create new possibilities for several industries. With a detailed and highly accurate map – such as those generated by LiDAR-, environmentalists, engineers, farmers, and other stakeholders will be able to devise solutions to generate more sustainable systems and even provide answers to many current problems.

What new data can a map made with LiDAR technology provide?

As we have mentioned on several occasions: better resolution, or best put, – more detailed images -. Currently, we count on several satellite images, but they are mostly in 2D. Also, because of its speed, LiDAR could change the history of real-time mapping, although we may be getting ahead of ourselves because of the excitement.

Is this the first time LiDAR has been used to map the Earth?

Technically, no. However, it is estimated that only 5% of the Earth’s surface has been mapped using this technology. Therefore, this is the first project of such a magnitude. In other words, it is the first time that a map of the entire surface of the planet will be generated. An ambitious goal, no doubt, but possible thanks to LiDAR technology.

What concrete uses could be given to this “new map”?

To begin with, as stated before, the speed of data collection would provide valuable real-time information. Why is this important? Because environments are changing more and more each day and it is essential to have up-to-date information to make better decisions. Beyond speed, these global maps generated with LiDAR will aid in the improvement of sustainability as well as optimize the use of resources in areas such as agriculture, city design, and the planning of rescue actions in catastrophic events.

Undoubtedly, this is a project that could mark a turning point in the daily work of many professionals, especially engineers. You too can take advantage of the benefits of LiDAR in your own project. Boost your business and make a difference. Contact us today to learn more.


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