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Dec 17 2011

TLS scanning at UMBC

We have been having an exciting time in New Jersey and Baltimore working with aTerrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS; Riegel VZ400) for generating high quality 3D reference datasets for validation of Ecosynth data.  We are in the lab today because of windy conditions, working on post-processing and data management of the large amounts of data collected in New Jersey and in the photo studio at UMBC.  I thought it would be a good time for a short update post.

These pictures are from our test setup of mobile scaffolding that we will use for gaining an elevated perspective on several open grown trees for TLS scanning.  The plan is to set up the scaffolding at each of the 4 orthogonal scan stations with the TLS mounted on the platform as shown.

The tower platform is about 2m above the ground and the TLS scanning head is about 3m off the ground.  The tower can be moved by 3-4 people to each of the scanning positions, after the TLS equipment has been taken down!

We have also configured the TLS for WLAN control, meaning that we can operate scanning and review data wirelessly.  This should be useful for when we attempt TLS scanning from the bucket crane.

Oct 25 2011

WiFi 1.5-mile range: never lose signal in the forest again?

WiFi for Ecosynth?  Amped Wireless Unveils Its Professional Series High Power Repeater and Access Point with Wi-Fi Coverage Range of Up to 1.5 Miles

Amped Wireless unveils its professional long-range Wi-Fi Access Point and Repeater that provide Wi-Fi coverage for large homes, offices, building-to-building applications, open outdoor areas, boats, marinas, RVs and parks.

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