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Viametris launches new version of urban and road scanner

July 3, 2019  - By
Photo: Viametris

Photo: Viametris

Viametris has launched the second-generation version of the vMS3D, its urban and road lidar scanner.

The second-generation version of the 3D mobile vehicle scanner has been redesigned to be more compact. The system has been simplified considerably in both electronic and ergonomic terms to make it more robust and stable in adverse conditions and challenging environments.

Despite being lighter, the second generation offers the same technological capacities as its predecessor, but is simpler to use and can be mounted on a vehicle in minutes.

The system component (including the sensors) and the element to affix the device to the vehicle (the frame) previously formed one unit, but are now separated.

  • The redesigned system is much lighter (9 kg) and more compact.
  • The mechanism to fix the scanner to the vehicle, which formed part of the system in the first-generation version, has been transformed. A rigid metal frame, fixed onto two roof bars, now holds the system, which fits into a dedicated compartment in seconds. As the frame is rigid, it limits vibrations between the system and the vehicle and prevents any strain on the mechanics during acquisition.
  • The second auxiliary antenna, which measures the heading by satellite, is discreet and non-removable, and fixed directly to the vehicle chassis.

The new design makes it easier to mount and use the system, a task that can be accomplished by a single person in under three minutes. Alignment takes place the first time the system is mounted and does not need to be repeated, saving valuable time each start.

Technological features

The vMS3D comprises a new set of components that are more robust and stable in difficult conditions.

  • The integrated connectors are next-generation and embedded-grade.
  • The control box for power supply and communication with the tablet has been moved inside the vehicle to offer increased comfort to the user.


Receiver: Septentrio AsteRx-m2a GPS+GLONASS+BeiDou+Galileo, 448 channels – L1/L2, B1/B2, E1/E5B, RAW

IMU: SBG-Systems Ellipse2-D

Scanner: 700,000 points per second

Centimeter precision

Panoramic 30MP FLIR Ladybug 5+ camera

Double antenna

SLAM compatible