NEWS: GeoSLAM launches Desktop V3 for indoor mapping

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Latest software release promises increased functionality for viewing, editing, and defining results

GeoSLAM has released Desktop V3, the latest version of its Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) technology registration software.

The software is used to automatically register data captured from GeoSLAM handheld mapping systems to produce fully-aligned 3D point clouds. As SLAM requires no GPS input it can be used to process mobile mapping data from both indoor and outdoor environments.

Desktop V3 now incorporates a 2D and 3D viewer, which allows registered point clouds to be immediately viewed without moving to third-party software. Furthermore, if the ZEB-CAM camera accessory is used, it is possible to visualise the synchronised imagery alongside the point cloud within the viewer. This additional contextual information is said to prove incredibly valuable for feature identification within the point cloud.

For the first time, it is now possible for users to modify and improve SLAM registration results. Following the implementation of user definable SLAM parameters, the user can now optimise processing to suit the environment in which data was collected. Users can choose from a range of parameters including bounding box size, place recognition, loop closure, and the ability to end processing early.

Once point cloud registration has been optimised, Desktop V3 allows users to select from a large range of output options including format, point & spatial decimation, normal, time-stamping and point rendering. According to the developers, this wide array of user-defined outputs allows for ever-greater integration with third-party point cloud post processing packages.

Mark Reid, VP of Product Management at GeoSLAM, says “Our customers love the simplicity and ease of GeoSLAM Desktop, but they want more than just a SLAM processing engine. Version 3 builds upon the success of previous versions, but adds so much more functionality. For the first time, users can view, modify, and export point clouds from within the same software. We think V3 is going to be hugely popular, with existing and new customers alike.”

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