Category Archives: Open Source

SharedStreets Provides Foundation for Smart Cities

SharedStreets supports a data standard for urban environments that recently received important support from Uber. Just when you think you are getting on top of the latest developments in the highway and street data projects around the world, such as … Continue reading

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OpenDrive is a Standard for Driving Simulators

The OpenDRIVE standard could stimulate new business for mobile lidar mappers As many of you know Lidar News has been a long standing proponent of the need for standards. I think most people in the 3D laser scanning industry will … Continue reading

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Sensoris is an Important Step in the Right Direction

Imagine an industry-derived and supported standard for communicating between an autonomous vehicle and the cloud. Wouldn’t  that solve a lot of problems and save a lot of time (equals money)? That is what SENSORIS –SENSOR Interface Specification is all about. … Continue reading

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OpenLSEF Organizational Conference Call

The OpenLSEF group is holding a conference call on Thursday July 19 to discuss how to move the agenda forward. The call in information is below. This is not a webinar. The call will discuss the need for people to … Continue reading

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Sources of Free Lidar Data

This detailed article in Geospatial World by Anusuya Datta provides an extensive listing and description of a variety of free lidar data sources from around the world, as well as this informative introductory video. The USGS 3DEP program is the … Continue reading

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Topographic Survey Specification for Urban Projects

At 260 pages in length there is no question that a tremendous effort has gone into the development of this Topographic Survey Specification for Urban Projects (2009). It is truly an impressive document that deserves your review to see what … Continue reading

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A New Common Language for Feature Extraction – OpenLSEF

A fresh initiative to develop a common language for extracting information from a 3D point cloud is being referred to as OpenLSEF. The ASPRS is hosting a free webinar to explain this effort on April 27, 2018 at 12 PM … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence

Even though the focus is on driverless cars, the majority of the book I am reading traces the history of  artificial intelligence and how we are now finally in a position to capitalize on machine learning. I think this is … Continue reading

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Open Source Laser Scanner

Looks like the wizards at LulzBot and BQ have teamed up to develop a fairly advanced open source laser scanner product offering for just $400. The Ciclop is fitted with a Logitech C270 HD camera and 2 class 1 line … Continue reading

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Open ROV

They are not scanning, but they are using laser light to measure distances. Continue reading

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