LiDAR Van

We have added a new ride to our collection.

If you see a bright orange van driving around in your community, you guessed it – its Gigaclear.

We are now using innovative LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology to map and design your community’s full fibre network.

How does it work?

LiDAR refers to Light Detection and Ranging. As the van drives through the community, a 360-degree camera fitted to the van sends safe, low-energy pulses of light to accurately measure the distance, height and position of the road and verge. This generates millions of points of data in what’s called a 3D point cloud, which we can then use for designing our full-fibre networks.

Other companies are developing ways to use this technology – for instance, LiDAR is used as the eyes of self-driving cars, in cutting edge archaeology and flood-plain management, and in developing immersive games and movies.

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Why?

LiDAR gives us a pin-point accurate and up-to-date three-dimensional view of where we are going to build from which they can clearly see surface types and even the scars in the road left by other utilities so we can better plan to avoid them.

The ground under trees and the angle of a verge is visible which allows us to plan better around tree-roots and avoid digging in banks or ditches, something that isn’t possible using satellite images alone.

Our planners are able to immerse themselves in the point cloud data as if they were standing in your community in person, just like in a computer game, allowing them to take accurate measurements of distances and angles in 3D space.

This just one example of the way Gigaclear innovates, allowing us to push back the boundary of what’s possible, modernising the way telecoms infrastructure is designed and built.

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