12 Jan 2010
Not only has the new 3D craze taken over the film industry (well, the industry hopes so based on the success of of the film Avatar), this trend has made it’s way into the GEOINT world. Last week, USGIF member company NAVTEQ announced at the Consumer Electronic Show that it has begun collecting data to construct detailed 3D models and maps of the United States. NAVTEQ uses a lidar system that utilizes lasers to construct 3D maps of the world out of a sea of data points. The company boasts that its uses 64 rotating lidar lasers, captures 1.5 million 3D data points per second from features as far as 150 meters away and works even when the data collection vehicle is traveling at highway speeds. Check out this CNET article here for more information. And, check out our previous coverage of an Army 3D mapping drone robot here. GEOINT in 3D…coming to a theater near you in 2010.