The Riegl VZ scanner series – changes through time

In by Nicholas Beaumont

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.

A VZ-1000 on display at the 3D Laser Mapping User Conference 2015

A VZ-1000 on display at the 3D Laser Mapping User Conference 2015

– 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!


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