Elastic Lidar

Lidar, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is the leading optical technology for remotely measuring distances, from a few meters to several kilometers.

Like radar, it measures the travel time of light backscattered or reflected by a hard or diffuse (aerosol) target. However, lidar makes it possible to determine distances and map environments with greater precision.

Our approach employs pulsed sources such as lasers or LEDs and detection electronics that digitize the lidar signal to collect information generally not available using conventional lidar systems. For example, our technology can measure the distance from a solid obstacle in foggy conditions, the level of turbulent liquid behind a suspended droplet cloud, or multiple targets in the same field of view. It also makes it possible to evaluate the visibility and map the relative concentrations of aerosol clouds.

Our lidars are custom made to your requirements:

  • Optical emission/detection systems; optical fiber heads; pulse-generation electronics; detection, acquisition, processing, and synchronization systems
  • Custom design of portable underwater lidars
  • Distance measurement under low-visibility conditions such as fog, rain, snow, dust, and smoke
  • 3D aerosol mapping (measurement of relative concentrations, both solid and liquid)
  • Various lidar platforms: compact, waveform digitization, imaging, multiple field of view (MFOV), multiple wavelength, and waveform equalization

We master lidar technology and its components to offer state-of-the-art distance measurement solutions suitable for multiple applications—and unavailable anywhere else.

  • Dust emission monitoring for factories, mines, and work sites
  • Environmental assessment
  • Ground, aerospace, and underwater navigational assistance
  • Infrastructure volume and dimension measurement
  • Solid and liquid level measurements
  • Shoreline and seafloor characterization
  • Forestry and mining
  • Military telemetry
  • Security and surveillance
  • Wind measurement
  • Process monitoring

Our waveform digitization lidar systems can be readily adapted to your application to reduce their cost and size, increase their range or sensitivity, or optimize them for specific targets. For applications requiring transverse localization data in addition to distance measurements, INO uses cameras synchronized with illuminators, combined with control and processing algorithms to obtain true 3D representations of each scene.