Drone+LiDAR for emergency response

LiDAR is a proven solution to map the condition and deformation of flood defenses, which is particularly suited for emergencies. With the emergence of DRONES and miniature LIDAR systems these proven detailed and reliable height mesurements can be applied virtual everywhere and under most circumstances. Using an Automated rapid processing protocol the measurements are transformed to useful products, like changemaps for instant decision making .
Technology validated in relevant environment.
Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.
Drone+LiDAR has developed in the last year to a full scale deployment on the market. For the rapid response and automated processing specific information and data products are needed. Herefor a pilot to demonstrate the use in emergency situations is being pursued.

How does it work?

The innovation is based on three elements: 1. the unmanned scanning aerial vehicle with integrated mini LIDAR system. A combination of a state of the art heavy lift drone with a scanner and necessary permits to fly in Dutch airspace. 2. A data processing chain in which data is converted on the spot to monitor deformations, local hotspots and other derived products for emergency responders. This also includes an online platform for easy viewing by authorized third parties. 3. A logistical chain of operators ready to move at any moment in case of an emergency. All data and information products should fit seamlessly in the data information infrastructure of the client, preferably using online services, geo-services and viewers, minimalizing fysical datahandling.