RIEGL with NEW Products at Intergeo 2016


We traditionally use INTERGEO as platform to give an insight and an overview on our comprehensive LiDAR sensors and systems product range. At booth C3.059 in hall A3, on the first day we introduced current developments and latest product unveilings to the curious audience.

From large scale to very small scale” two new RIEGL world premieres expanding the portfolio in airborne and UAV-based laser scanning have been unveiled:

The new RIEGL VQ-1560i Dual LiDAR Channel Airborne Laser Scanning System is the consistent advancement of the Ultra Wide-Area, High Altitude Airborne Mapping System LMS-Q1560 that is in current operation at renowned institutions, service providers, and research organizations worldwide. The consequently improved new VQ-1560i is a cutting-edge tool with fully integrated high performance Applanix IMU and GNSS receiver perfectly suited for a variety of airborne surveying missions from ultra-wide area, high altitude mapping to mapping of complex urban environments and city modeling. Two linear LiDAR channels, each enabling the recognition of several targets per laser pulse, provide a radically increased laser pulse repetition rate of up to 2 MHz and deliver up to 1.33 million measurements per second on the ground! The system allows data acquisition at a wide range of point densities from 2pts/sqm up to more than 60 pts/sqm at operating flight altitudes of up to 15,500 ft AGL. The VQ-1560i is the first RIEGL LiDAR System that provides online data processing as well as smart and full waveform recording similarly and enables Multiple-Time-Around (MTA) processing the incredible amount of up to 20 pulses in the air simultaneously! Additionally, the optional system configuration consists of a fully integrated, easy accessible Phase One medium format camera and is prepared for the integration of a secondary camera, e.g. monochrome or infrared.

At the INTERGEO launch we already were able to announce a launch customer for this system, long-term customer Opegieka from Poland, a renowned geoinformatics company active in the fields of geomatics, IT, cartography, remote sensing and more.

Another exciting INTERGEO announcement is the new RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV LiDAR Sensor, an entry-level addition to our state of the art UAV-based LiDAR portfolio. The miniVUX-1UAV is a very compact miniaturized 360 degrees field of view LiDAR sensor with only 1.6 kilograms and especially developed for the implementation of emerging survey solutions by UAS/UAV/RPAS. The new sensor offers multi-target capability and accuracy using echo digitization and online waveform processing for data acquisition. This enables it to take up to a remarkable 100,000 measurements per second and an operating altitude of 100 meters. Its small size and the sophisticated design of the stable aluminum housing makes it well suited for mounting under limited weight and space conditions. Thus, this user-friendly and cost-efficient device allows acquisition of survey-grade measurement data by use of remotely piloted helicopters and aircrafts for various applications from agriculture & forestry, archaeology and cultural heritage documentation, to glacier and snowfield mapping and landslide monitoring.

We are also able to present a launch customer for the miniVUX1-UAV at INTERGEO, Aethon Aerial Solutions specialized in airborne LiDAR and remote sensing for commercial, industrial, and defence applications with its global headquarters based in Toronto, Canada.

Further news concerning UAV-based surveying from the RIEGL BathyCopter: This sUAV-based surveying system for hydrographic applications has been presented as a proof of concept at last year’s INTERGEO. Now – after a year of intensive testing and various field projects – we can announce serial availability. The RIEGL BathyCopter is equipped with the new RIEGL BDF-1, a compact and lightweight bathymetric depth finder optimized for UAV-borne operation. It is ideally suited for generating profiles of inland water bodies. The topo-bathymetric depth finder comprises tilt compensation, an IMU/GNSS unit with antenna, a control unit, a data storage unit, and can be equipped with up to two external digital cameras. RIEGL’s new hydrographic full waveform processing delivers highly accurate, reliable and informative data; pre-detection averaging allows essential performance improvement at adverse conditions.

The latest state-of-the-art RIEGL single and mobile laser scanning systems, as well as the RiCOPTER, and the terrestrial scanning portfolio, are displayed at the booth, accompanied by several renowned RIEGL partner companies showcasing their special solutions directly at the RIEGL booth C3.059.


Attracting a lot of attention:
The unveiling of the new RIEGL VQ-1560i Dual LiDAR Channel Airborne Laser Scanning System at the RIEGL Intergeo booth in Hamburg

RIEGL VQ-1560i Launch Customer OPEGIEKA
(from left to right: Jacek Krawiec, CEO of RIEGL’s Polish distribution partner Laser-3D, Florian Romanowski, President of OPEGIEKA, Dr. Johannes Riegl, RIEGL CEO, Jürgen Nussbaum, RIEGL Director International Sales)


RIEGL’s BathyCopter equipped with the new RIEGL BDF-1 topo-bathymetric depth finder


RIEGL VQ-1560i Dual Channel Waveform Processing Airborne Mapping System

RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV miniaturized LiDAR Sensor for UAV-based Laser Scanning


RiCOPTER with RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV in action