US: For its multi-spectral LiDAR sensor, ALTM Titan, Teledyne Optech has got the 2015 Grand Award in the 9th Annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards. The first airborne multispectral LiDAR sensor in the world, Optech’s “ALTM Titan is a marvel in LiDAR engineering,” said Robert "Bob" Burtch PS, CP, Professor Emeritus at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, and chairman of the panel of judges.
In a ceremony that held on Tuesday at the Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nevada, Teledyne was presented awards in the Technology Innovation category, as well as the Grand Award. The new LiDAR sensor impressed the judges with Titan's ease in handling complex scenarios such as acquiring three wavelengths simultaneously; incorporating a metric camera imbedded in the system; creating a sensor that fits in a 16" gyro-stabilized mount; and increasing the depth penetration of the bathymetric sensor.
To achieve this, Vaughan, Ontario-based Teledyne Optech had to develop new fiber lasers and a triple wavelength receiver which allowed for the collection of bathymetric LiDAR, topographic LiDAR and multispectral LiDAR in one single sensor. "This development allows the collection of bathymetric LiDAR, topographic LiDAR and multispectral LiDAR in one single sensor," said Robert.