I had a few minutes to speak with Travis Reinke who is now part of SmartGeoMetrics, which is a subsidiary of SmartMultiMedia, Inc. – looks like a pattern there. SmartGeoMetrics based in Houston, Texas is an Authorized Distributor for Leica Geosystems.
They will certainly sell you a laser scanner and/or software, but according to Travis they are busy – very busy renting laser scanners. It’s an interesting business model and I am sure that being in Houston has something to do with their success, but their website says that they have the largest inventory and the best rates in the industry. In addition, they also offer training, project and technical support.
This is certainly one way to dip your toe into the laser scanning water without getting in over your head. Good luck to Travis and the rest of the team. It looks like they have a great business going, and if you need to rent a scanner give them a call.