The Robin, a wearable surveying system, maps sites unreachable by conventional equipment

Updated Aug 13, 2016

ROBIN - WALK - MamTorThe company 3D Laser Mapping has launched a new multi-platform mapping system called Robin, which can scan and map terrain when worn by the operator while walking, or when attached to a moving vehicle, drone or helicopter.

Unlike most other mapping systems, Robin can capture date from paths, forest trails and coastlines that are only accessible on foot.

Included in the system is a 12-megapixel camera for driving applications and an 18-megapixel camera for walking and flying. Two GNSS antennas pull in GPS satellite positioning data while a GIS-grade inertial measurement unit (IMU) orients the system to the site. The survey-grade system offers vertical accuracy as fine as 1 to 2 centimeters.

The laser scanner has a maximum range of up to 920 meters with a relative accuracy of 5 millimeters. Two additional options are available: A Robin-Wings long range laser scanner optimized for airborne operations, can scan up to 1,350 meters with 10 millimeter accuracy while the Robin-Precision setup can reach out to 350 meters with 3 millimeter accuracy.

The walk/drive unit weighs 22 pounds, the flying unit weights 13.2 pounds.