When I attended the Riegl Lidar user conference in Hong Kong last May, I saw a great presentation from Thomas Gaisecker of Riegl, on the improvements to the VZ scanner series since they were first launched in 2008. I managed to make notes of the key points here, of what was an interesting insight into the development of the VZ series.
- VZ-400 launched
- "add-on" battery launched, which enabled completely cable-free operation of the scanner. Built-in recharging circuit, can be charged without being removed enabling uninterrupted scanning
- VZ-1000 launched
- automatic reflector search and scan firmware, allowing fine-scanning of targets in the field without a laptop
- integrated digital compass option launched
- improvement of camera mount, which removed the separate USB cable and allowed the scanner to power the camera directly (camera no longer needs a battery)
- VZ-4000 launched
- full waveform data firmware option, to record the entire waveform for later interrogation
- VZ-6000 launched
- hardware integration of GNSS receivers now supported. GNSS antenna can be mounted on the scanner, with a COM port on top to receive NMEA strings and user coordinates
- direct integration of external sensors e.g. mounted thermal camera, using GigE interface
- VZ-2000 launched
- automatic backsight/foresight workflow firmware, for direct backsighting on the scanner
- support for VMZ mobile scanning upgrade
I can't wait to see what's coming next!