Neptec Technologies Corp. announces availability for its OPAL-360 series of laser scanners at SPAR International
OTTAWA, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Neptec Technologies Corp. today announced
that it is accepting orders for June delivery of the OPAL-360 series of
3D laser scanners, part of the OPAL 2.0 family of sensors, which it is
exhibiting at SPAR International in Colorado Springs this week.
These rugged, multi-purpose 360 LiDAR sensors are uniquely suited for
autonomous off-road vehicles and robotics applications in harsh
environments. Unlike conventional laser scanners, OPAL 2.0 scanners can see through
obscurants such as dust, smoke or fog and are packaged to withstand the
physical abuse they will be subjected to in applications in the mining,
oil and gas, and construction industries, and for defence and security
The OPAL-360 is the first in a family of 3D sensors being developed at
Neptec Technologies for intelligent machine vision applications in
harsh environments. It is environmentally sealed (IP67) with no
externally moving parts, has a -40 C to +65 C operating temperature
range achieved without fans or heaters for improved reliability, and is
ruggedized to withstand significant vibration and shock levels. It
delivers an unprecedented combination of range, data density,
acquisition speed and obscurant penetrating capability – all packaged
for harsh environments. Different versions in the OPAL-360 series
support ranges of 400m out to 3km at accuracies of one centimeter and
data acquisition rates of up to 200,000 points per second.
More Information, Less Data!
“3D sensors that can operate in harsh environments are one of two
building blocks required to deliver 3D machine vision solutions to the
autonomous vehicle and robot vision based automation markets,” said
Mike Sekerka, Chief Operating Officer at Neptec Technologies. “But you
also need the software intelligence to extract actionable information
from the sensor data in real-time and while moving.”
OPAL 2.0 sensors are compatible with Neptec’s 3DRi (3D Real-time
intelligence) software toolkit, which includes “out-of-the-box”
features such as automatic change detection, automatic scan alignment,
and object recognition and tracking. OPAL and 3DRi products make it
easy to integrate optimized 3D machine vision solutions and reduce
development and life cycle costs.
About Neptec Technologies Corp.
Neptec Technologies Corp. develops innovative 3D machine vision products
for machine automation and robotics applications in harsh
environments. The company was founded in 2011 to commercialize
space-technologies developed by Neptec Design Group Ltd., an
award-winning space flight technology company and NASA prime
contractor. Our first products are a family of obscurant-penetrating
laser scanners (OPAL) and a software development tool kit (3DRi) with
advanced features such as automatic change detection and object
recognition and tracking. Together, these out-of-the-box “building
blocks” make it easy to integrate intelligent real-time machine vision
applications on autonomous off-road vehicles, and for more familiar
LiDAR-based survey and measurement tasks in harsh environments. The
company is located in Kanata, Ontario. For more information, visit www.neptectechnologies.com .
SOURCE Neptec Technologies Corp.