Neptec enters 3D machine vision market

Spin-off firm launches suite of LiDAR products designed for harsh environments.

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by Design Engineering Staff

Neptec Technologies Corp., a spin-out of Neptec Design Group Ltd., announced the launch of a line of obscurant-penetrating 3D laser scanners and a software development tool kit that features automatic change detection, object recognition and object tracking. Together, the components are intended to help OEMs create intelligent 3D machine vision applications on autonomous off-road vehicles and for laser-based survey and measurement tasks in harsh environments.

The company says its OPAL 2.0 laser scanners are designed for real-time 3D applications in harsh environments. They incorporate Neptec’s obscurant-penetrating LiDAR technology and have been packaged for the punishing conditions typical of off-road vehicles and mapping sensors used in the mining, oil and gas, and construction industries.

In addition, Neptec says its 3DRi (3D Real-time intelligence) SDK incorporates the company’s 3D data algorithms and real-time software for automatic change detection, 3D data alignment and object recognition.

“We’ve taken a fresh approach to 3D machine vision because, in real-time applications like surveillance or autonomous navigation, it is not just about the sensor collecting and, more importantly, having to process millions of data points per second,” said Mike Sekerka, COO for Neptec Technologies. “Instead, it’s about collecting the right amount of 3D data that contains the actionable information you really need.”

Neptec Technologies Corp. will be exhibiting its products at SPAR International in Colorado Springs April 15-18, at SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing in Baltimore, Maryland from April 29 to May 3, and at PTMSS/SRR that is held in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) 2013 Convention in Toronto May 5- 8.