Application Networks Overview


As technology advances, the number and nature of applications for LiDAR data grow almost exponentially. Furthermore, given the density and huge quantity of data we can expect soon, applications developed for managing and analyzing datasets in completely different endeavors may hold promise. Real-time analysis of multiple sensors in autonomous vehicle navigation and medical imaging are just two examples.

We are envisioning the creation and growth of LiDAR Application Networks with the following characteristics:

  • IT infrastructure initially provided at PA universities
  • Peer-to-peer sharing of applications and product reviews
  • Multiple networks organized around areas of interest:
    • Hydrography
    • Topography and surfaces
    • Vegetation
    • Structures/infrastructure
  • No fee
  • Not a commercial activity
  • Mildly moderated forum

Interested parties should contact:

FEMA 100-year floodplain near Johnstown, Pa., displayed with 3D buildings. Building colors show the dollar loss estimage, with higher values in orange and red. Source: Cambria County GIS Center