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Managing LiDAR data using Cloud

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LiDAR is a technology with diverse applications, which is being widely used in a number of projects and has a very good scope for the future. From autonomous vehicles to surveying and mapping, LiDAR is emerging as the bedrock of future innovations. With the increasing utility of LiDAR, there is a profusion of LiDAR data and managing it is a difficult task. Cloud-based applications and networks solve the problem of data storage.

Data management via Cloud

There are many obstacles in managing LiDAR data and further propagating it for enhanced usage and utility. To overcome this, LiDAR data pipeline can be managed through a Cloud-based framework. The process is complex and involves four stages: feeding requisite information in the database; creating a spatial structure that makes it easy to fetch data; LiDAR visualization; and data analytics. Based on user credentials, the app can decide the level of data access they are entitled to.

For instance, state government employees would be able to access more data than the public. Users would also be allowed to make queries regarding data footprints that fulfil specified criteria. After the user has made a selection, a list of attributes would be displayed. There could be certain restrictions on downloading or the type of use permitted.

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Leveraging Remote Sensing Data

Remote sensing data is available in multiple formats and the size varies accordingly, from a few megabytes to several gigabytes. And from LiDAR data to drone, and aerial photogrammetry data and Point Clouds. This makes working with the data cumbersome. Using a new cloud-based platform that will merge 2D and 3D georeferenced data a new framework could be built that will help compress the size of unnecessary gigabytes and make LiDAR data sharing hassle-free. This method offers an advantage over analyzing in bits.

With the evolution in sensor technology and improvement in data collection methods, the challenge of 3D Data Management becomes highly crucial for both service providers as well as clients. Cloud-based 3D management would even lead to a significant Return on Investment (ROI).

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