VIAMETRIS is a precursor in the development of SLAM-based solutions. Two years ago, the company released the iMS3D, an indoor mapping system based on the SLAM technology. Capitalizing on this experience, the company has just launched a new solution: the vMS3D, a mobile mapping system combining the best of inertial, GNSS, and SLAM technologies to offer an innovative solution with attractive performance/ price ratio.
The Smartest Mobile Mapping System
The Best of GNSS, Inertial, and SLAM
- GNSS: When the GNSS receiver provides reliable data, for instance in open sky environment, the solution relies on its position. If a GNSS outage or disturbance occurs, the system chooses between inertial or SLAM-based data
- SLAM: Position computed from SLAM is preferred in dense environments where surrounding objects are very diverse and close, such as in urban canyons or forests. SLAM capabilities are limited in environments where objects are too far or not distinguishable.
- Inertial: Velocities and orientation information provided by the Inertial Navigation System (INS) are able to assist the navigation in all the cases where GNSS and SLAM are limited. The Inertial Navigation System provides roll and pitch to constraint all LiDAR data, so the point cloud is referenced at ground level. Turn rates are also very helpful, especially when an abrupt change of direction occurs. Indeed, orientation compensation is required between two scans when the LiDAR is in motion.
Ellipse-D, The Smart Choice of VIAMETRIS
Already very satisfi ed with the Ellipse for his indoor iMS3D, Jérôme Ninot, the Founder of VIAMETRIS, did not look so far to select an INS for his new innovative project. “Ellipse INS provides very, very precise velocity data”, states Mr. Ninot. The innovative SLAM computation allows VIAMETRIS to rely on miniature and cost-effective inertial sensors while other systems on the market require higher accuracy inertial systems. Ellipse sensors deliver 0.1° accurate attitude. Mr. Ninot also chose the Ellipse-D model for the all-in-one and miniature form factor, and the embedded RTK GNSS receiver. “With an integrated INS like the Ellipse-D, offering a single communication interface and built-in synchronisation to the GNSS and LiDAR, we have been able to concentrate on our SLAM expertise” adds the CEO, before mentioning that less cable is always a good choice.
With an integrated INS like the Ellipse-D, offering a single communication interface and built-in synchronization to the GNSS and LiDAR, we have been able to concentrate on our SLAM expertise
Ellipse-D, a partner for many tasks
Integrated into this innovative solution, the Ellipse-D performs several tasks. First, it provides roll and pitch to constraint all LiDAR data, so the point cloud is referenced at ground level. Secondly, Ellipse-D turn rates are very helpful, especially when an abrupt change of direction occurs. Indeed, orientation compensation is required between two scans when the LiDAR is in motion. Finally, Ellipse-D fuses in real time inertial and GNSS information to provide excellent velocity measurements which are also very important to continuously assist vMS3D internal algorithms.