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Leica wins scanning contract for NY/NJ Port Authority

Georgia, US: Leica Geosystems announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for several products in the Leica Geosystems High-Definition Survey (HDS) line, including the Leica Geosystems ScanStation C10 and the Leica HDS7000 3D laser scanner.  Additionally, Leica Geosystems Total Stations will be used to document evidence at accident scenes.

“Laser scanners enable law enforcement personnel to safely and efficiently map an accident scene so the roadway where it occurred can be quickly re-opened to traffic,” said Frank J. Hahnel, III, Leica Geosystems Accident Investigation Accounts Manager. “Fast documentation of vehicle accidents is important for commerce because it keeps people moving toward their destinations.”

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates the New York/New Jersey major airports, marine terminals, the PATH rail transit system, and six tunnels and bridges connecting the two states.

After an accident, Leica Cyclone software processes the scan to create 3D models of the accident scene after the fact. Investigators rely on Cyclone to visualise the evidence, generate fly-through animations of the scene, and re-create the sequence of events the led up to the incident to help determine how and why the crash occurred.

The GPS units enable law enforcement personnel to collect precise latitude and longitude coordinates at an accident scene so the 3D laser scan can be tied into the New York State Plane Coordinate System. Public Safety personnel use the Leica Total Station at accidents to automatically measure distances between two pieces of evidence.

“Law enforcement officers in the field like the Leica HDS equipment because it’s easy to use and helps keep them out of harm’s way at an accident scene,” said Hahnel.

Source: Leica Geosystems