Ottawa, Ontario (April 30, 2015) – Neptec Technologies Corp. is pleased to announce enhancements to its 3DRi™ (3D Real-time intelligence™) software development kit (SDK). The 3DRi SDK, which is used together with Neptec’s real-time obscurant-penetrating 3D OPAL LiDAR sensors to easily develop intelligent 3D automation applications in harsh environments, is a library of proprietary software algorithms that extract actionable information from 3D sensors in real-time. The 3DRi SDK consists of the 3DRi System Manager/API and 3DRi Viewer, together with optional 3DRi Plugins that add out-of-the-box features such as object segmentation, recognition, tracking, automatic change detection and automatic scan alignment.
Enhancements included in the latest release of the 3DRi System Manager/API and 3DRi Viewer include Automatic Scan Scheduling, a Web-Engine and a Grid Generator that down-samples 3D data into a user-defined regularly spaced grid. Further improvements have also been made to the advanced 3DRi Plugins for real-time object recognition, object tracking, automatic scan alignment and DTM generation.
“Real-time 3D applications are about the information contained in the 3D data, not the huge amounts of data being generated by today’s LiDAR scanners,” said Mike Sekerka, CEO of Neptec Technologies. “Unlike conventional approaches to mapping and monitoring, where millions of data points are captured and then painfully post-processed back at the office, we focus on real-time intelligent processing of our OPAL data to extract the valuable information right at the point of collection. It’s about ‘more information, less data!’ The Schedule and Grid Generator features make it easy to schedule data collection events and immediately reduce the amount of data being retained before it is handed off for further 3DRi processing.”
Neptec Technologies has been using its 3DRi SDK to create applications as diverse as automated volume reporting and mobile mapping to complex operator-assist solutions like haul truck spotting and collision avoidance beside excavators in open-pit mines.
“3DRi is the real differentiator when it comes to creating intelligent productivity solutions for industries like mining,” said Dr. Jon Peck, President and CEO of Peck Tech Consulting Ltd. “In today’s productivity environment, nobody has the time or the staff to post-process and manage huge amounts of 3D data. It’s all about getting the answers quickly and focusing on running an efficient and safe mining operation. 3DRi enables this.”
The 3DRi System Manager/API and Viewer are available free with Neptec’s OPAL 2.0 LiDAR sensors. Users can subscribe to additional features such as obscurants, segmentation, object recognition or tracking by licencing optional 3DRi Plugins. For complex real-time applications, Neptec provides 3DRi application development services to its clients.
Neptec Technologies will be exhibiting at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2015 being held May 4-7 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia (Booth 3127).
About Neptec Technologies
Neptec Technologies Corp. develops intelligent 3D sensor-driven robotics applications for harsh environments that improve the safety, productivity and cost-effectiveness of its customers’ operations. We use our industry-unique and patented 3D Real-time intelligence™ (3DRi™) hardware and software technologies to solve real-world automation problems in industries like mining, oil and gas, defence and aerospace or anywhere intelligent 3D can help automate complex or dangerous tasks. We develop, supply and integrate intelligent 3D applications based on our family of obscurant-penetrating OPAL 3D laser sensors especially designed for harsh environments, and a proprietary 3DRi Software Development Kit (SDK) with a library of software algorithms to extract actionable information for 3D sensors data in real-time. The 3DRi SDK includes an API and out-of-the-box features like automatic change detection, object recognition, object tracking and automatic scan alignment. Founded in 2011, Neptec Technologies is a spin-out of Neptec Design Group Ltd., an award-winning technology innovator for the Space market and NASA Prime Contractor. We are located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. More information is available at www.neptec.com .
About Peck Tech Consulting Ltd.
Peck Tech Consulting Ltd. is the leading industry resource to rapidly assist customers to define the most viable and complete technology solution and strategy that delivers tangible and measurable outcomes related to higher overall health and safety as well as enhanced performance and productivity. Combined, Peck Teck employees and associates offer 100 years of project consulting and development experience and innovation derived from working on technology product development and deployment on production and exploration drills, electric cable shovels, hydraulic excavators, haul trucks and drag lines. More information is available at www.pecktech.ca.