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LRF technology can measure the distance to an object or a surface without needing to touch it, and it can do this remotely. This ability opens up a huge vista of applications which would otherwise be limited to the realms of science fiction.
Helicopters and drones can use lasers to measure their height above ground and provide altitude information during hovering and landing.
Lasers can provide proximity warnings to prevent aircraft collisions or just as easily detect intruders as part of a security system.
In mining, plastics, bio-fuel and other industries, lasers can be used to measure the level of materials stored in large silos. With additional scanning capability, lasers can be used to measure bulk materials stored in sheds and on stock piles.
In any given industry, many different lasers can be used to form part of a measurement and control system. For mining applications, lasers can be used at every stage to monitor the level of ore in the silos, measure the flow of ore along the conveyor belts and accurately measure the volume of ore stored on the stockpile.
In a totally different industry, a small UAV, or drone, can be used to carry instrumentation to various inaccessible locations at a fraction of the cost of full size aircraft. Onboard lasers can transmit height above ground information to the drone’s autopilot to assist with takeoff, landing and terrain following. A laser can provide safety warnings when FAA altitude restrictions are reached and lasers can provide anti-collision alarms. With the addition of scanning capability, lasers can also provide three dimensional maps of the area beneath the drone, turning it into an aerial surveying platform.
Every customer has their own take on the value of laser technology in their particular industry. By offering OEM customization, LightWare is uniquely placed to help these customers realize the full potential of laser technology at a fraction of the cost it would take them to develop it themselves.