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Redefining Mission Success with Geiger-mode LiDAR Solutions

With the military’s ever-present need to improve situational awareness, warfighters must be equipped with the most accurate and efficient technology to help them through challenging circumstances.
Oct 21, 2019

Using L3Harris’ Geiger-mode LiDAR, troops can gain actionable information through an innovative approve to redefine mission success. Geiger-mode LiDAR is providing warfighters with the most accurate high-resolution elevation data available from airborne military surveillance technologies. With high-resolution data, troops can see unprecedented detail such as vehicles beneath tree canopies, infrastructure in heavily-populated urban areas and rugged mountain terrain. When comparing linear LiDAR to Geiger-mode LiDAR, our technology drastically decreases the data collection and processing time from one month down to a single day, and it increases mapping data accuracy from 1 meter to 10 centimeters. These enhancements improve efficiency in time-sensitive situations like disaster response.

Geiger-mode LiDAR can be used for a wide variety of mission applications:

Mission Planning

LiDAR high-resolution (30 points per square meter, 18 centimeters ground sampling distance)

LiDAR high-resolution (30 points per square meter, 18 centimeters ground sampling distance)

LiDAR low-resolution (8 points per square meter, 35 centimeters ground sampling distance)

LiDAR low-resolution (8 points per square meter, 35 centimeters ground sampling distance)

The pictures above clearly show the difference in detail between Geiger-mode LiDAR and linear LiDAR. When viewing a high-resolution Geiger-mode LiDAR image, warfighters can detect things that low-resolution LiDAR can often miss, such as powerlines. In a scenario where warfighters need to find safe landing zones on land or at sea, having the highest-resolution imaging will help determine the safest locations to land with more mapping detail to avoid any obstructions. With L3Harris’ innovative technology, troops can also gain intelligence for routing and resource movement, detect terrain features and adversary resource locations, and determine line-of-sight distances in the field. Other benefits include expediting disaster relief activities and high-profile event protection.


Tactical Mapping

Tactical Mapping

Tactical mapping helps warfighters gain a big-picture perspective of areas of interest while eliminating surprises. L3Harris’ Geiger-mode LiDAR not only aids in locating man-made and natural features such as building, utilities, terrain and water bodies, but also allows troops to move more safely and efficiently with accurate landscape information. Suppose that troops need to locate weapons and manufacturing plants hidden under dense foliage while monitoring for  any changes. These tasks become much more difficult with low-resolution LiDAR.


Object Identification

Targeting

To improve mission success, warfighters need to see all environmental advantage and disadvantage points. Geiger-mode LiDAR’s 3D imaging can show troops exactly what they can and can’t see before even being deployed to an area ─ including exact locations and details of area infrastructure, positions to gain the best line-of-sight to minimize vulnerabilities, and areas of concern hidden under foliage.


Monitoring

Monitoring

High-accuracy battlefield modeling and visualization allows warfighters to gain a significant advantage: knowledge of the adversary. Locating adversaries and their capabilities, as well as tracking their movement, is crucial to mission success.

Detecting change is much easier with Geiger-mode LiDAR technology, and it can aid troops in more than just enemy movement. Finding bomb or battle damage and any additions or removal of critical infrastructure make efforts in the field more proactive. Warfighters can even gain insight on the volume of weapon stocks and manufacturing capabilities.

L3Harris’ Geiger-mode LiDAR capabilities provide more data accuracy and collection at faster speeds and is modernizing reconnaissance for the warfighter to create superior situational awareness. Learn more at L3Harris.com/LiDARTerrainMapping.