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NavVis launches second gen VLX wearable mobile mapping tech

NavVis has launched the second generation of its flagship VLX mobile mapping system that is both lighter and more robust and can be used on construction sites.

NavVis said the VLX second generation is “more robust in outdoor environments” such as construction sites and features a “carbon fibre frame that is strong and light, reducing overall weight while still withstanding the rigors of fieldwork”. Added grips and redesigned shoulder pads should make the device more comfortable to handle and operate.

For survey-grade accuracy, the new VLX is powered by simultaneous localisation and mapping technology. The algorithm has been improved to make it more robust, especially in outdoor environments with plants and trees, said NavVis. The new VLX also integrates with Ivion, NavVis’s platform for spatial data.

“Previously, we positioned our devices for indoor scanning,” said Georg Schroth, chief technology officer at NavVis, “but since we launched the original NavVis VLX, we realised the need of our customers to mature the device towards real outdoor readiness.

“They asked, and we’ve delivered. With NavVis VLX seconnd generation, reality capture specialists can go anywhere the project requires, whether it’s a construction site or a refinery, a factory or an office.”

Preorders for NavVis are now open, with expected deliveries in Q3 2021.

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