Before the ILSC conference could officially open Optech announced what sounds like a major breakthrough in shallow water, price/performance LiDAR “enabling the collection of data sets that span the entire land-water interface to depths in excess of 10 meters”.
Bathymetric LiDAR systems are typically in the range of $4 million dollars. The new Optech Aquarius shallow water mapping solution is going to be priced significantly below that.
The new system will be available for delivery as a sensor head addition to existing ALTM Gemini owners, or as a standalone solution, in the fourth quarter of 2011.
This has the potential to be a game changer.