BLK2FLY Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and BLK ARC for Robotic Carriers Make Smart Reality Capture Widely Available in the Air and on the Ground
Heerbrugg, Switzerland – Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, today announced its autonomous reality capture products, the BLK ARC and the BLK2FLY have received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification.
Announced in September 2021 as part of Hexagon’s portfolio of reality capture sensors, the BLK2FLY and BLK ARC are the company’s first autonomous reality capture products. With the FCC certification, Leica Geosystems puts autonomous reality capture into the hands of a wider audience of professionals in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), Building Information Modeling (BIM), and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) mapping.
The Leica BLK2FLY is the world’s first fully integrated, autonomous flying laser scanning sensor. It is the fastest, easiest, and most comprehensive way to accurately scan and capture the dimensions of an entire building from the air, especially hard to reach or inaccessible areas such as rooftops and façades. The product is operated through a companion app on a tablet to allow for fast, easy scanning, and does not require special training other than a UAV pilot’s license.
The Leica BLK ARC is a laser scanning sensor that can be attached to most robotics carriers. For example, by attaching the BLK ARC to Spot from Boston Dynamics, customers can safety scan and capture areas that are difficult or dangerous to reach on foot. With minimal user intervention, the scans and related data are uploaded to 3D point clouds showing panoramic images of changing environments.
“Autonomous reality capture plays a big role in construction and renovation. The data and scans are critical for understanding the architecture and infrastructure of areas and their impact on how we work, live, and respond to a growing population and climate change,” said Pascal Strupler, business director of autonomous reality capture at Hexagon Geosystems. “Through our FCC certification, customers are assured that the BLK2FLY and BLK ARC will meet their needs for autonomous reality capture in the air and on the ground.”
About Leica Geosystems
Revolutionising the world of measurement and survey for nearly 200 years, Leica Geosystems creates complete solutions for professionals across the planet. Known for premium products and innovative solution development, professionals in a diverse mix of industries, such as aerospace and defence, safety and security, construction, and manufacturing, trust Leica Geosystems for all their geospatial needs. With precise and accurate instruments, sophisticated software, and trusted services, Leica Geosystems delivers value every day to those shaping the future of our world.
Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity improvements across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.