FARO, STORMBEE Introduce Drone LiDAR 3D Scanning

FARO, STORMBEE Introduce Drone LiDAR 3D Scanning

LAKE MARY, FL, USA, Nov 16, 2018 – FARO (NASDAQ: FARO) the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for Public Safety and STORMBEE, a pioneer in Mobile UAV technology, have partnered to offer an integrated, cost-effective airborne 3D scanning solution specifically designed to quickly gather large area data for crash scene documentation, security pre-planning and military applications. This integrated solution includes the best in class FARO Focus laser scanner, the STORMBEE S series UAV, and BEEFLEX software suite.




Document Large Areas in Record Time

The FARO – STORMBEE airborne solution enables wide-area scanning missions, such as highways, train infrastructure, and buildings. While these would take days when scanned from the ground, they can now be completed in just hours without interrupting traffic or setting foot in a zone of interest. Additionally, this airborne solution further enhances productivity by allowing users to capture complex environments where traditionally would be inaccessible to ground-based scanning and levels of accuracy and detail from the air with exceptional. The data can then download to FARO Zone for crash reconstruction, security pre-planning, military reconnaissance.

Next-Level Drone Laser Scanning

The FARO – STORMBEE airborne solution redefines what is possible. No need for control points means it is quicker to start scanning an area versus other LiDAR Drones. Drone pilots can fly with ease as it goes up to 100 m (328 ft) in the air. Also, users can be confident with the drone’s integrated redundancy that even if a propeller or battery fails, the UAV still flies.

“STORMBEE has developed and validated its UAV credibility from real life testing in the most rigorous environments” explains Liesbeth Buyck, CEO of STORMBEE“. As a result, we are confident that this turnkey solution, that includes the STORMBEE UAV and the FARO Focus laser scanner, creates a new reliability and quality benchmark for airborne 3D data capture solutions”.

Efficient, Easy Workflows

Users can create centimeter level accurate point clouds directly from the in-flight data. The user-friendly BEEFLEX software with its intuitive user interface assures that just about anyone can become a viable “expert” with no more than one hour of hands-on training with the software. BEEFLEX data can also be exported directly into FARO SCENE or FARO Zone 3D software for further analysis and/or to combine aerial scans with the detail-rich data from terrestrial scanners.

One Scanner – Endless Possibilities

What makes the FARO – STORMBEE airborne truly unique is the ability for the FARO scanner to detach from the drone and be used as a terrestrial scanner or even a mobile mapper. This flexibility allows users to use one scanner in the air, on land or affixed to a vehicle. Combined with FARO’s Focus Laser Scanner compact design, IP54 rating and laser technology users can scan a vast variety of scenarios, from large areas (railways, cities), areas with no light (tunnels, burned buildings), hard-to-document areas (cluttered crime scenes, inside dumpsters) …the possibilities are endless.


strombee1Last week STORMBEE and FARO organized a roadshow in Houston, where STORMBEE presented his UAV application in combination with FARO S350 scanner. (Photo credit: STORMBEE)


About FARO

FARO develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and complex structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, rapid prototyping, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.

FARO’s global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Florida.  The Company also has a technology center and manufacturing facility consisting of approximately 90,400 square feet located in Exton, Pennsylvania containing research and development, manufacturing and service operations of its FARO Laser Tracker and FARO Cobalt Array Imager product lines.  The Company’s European regional headquarters is located in Stuttgart, Germany and it’s Asia Pacific regional headquarters is located in Singapore. FARO has other offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil,  Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey, the Netherlands, Switzerland, India, China, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Australia and Japan. For more information, visit http://www.faro.com.

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