Emesent Hovermap

Hovermap is a smart mobile scanning unit which can be walking scans or mounted to a drone to provide autonomous mapping in challenging inaccessible areas. Equally capable above ground or underground, indoors or out, Hovermap is your complete mobile LiDAR mapping solution. 
Hovermap has its heritage in CSIRO’s Data61, a world leader in data science research in Australia, where many years of SLAM-based(*) development has resulted in the Hovermap unit we have today. This development has also been aided and boosted by Emesent’s involvement with Data61 in the USA-based DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Subterranean Challenge.  
(*) SLAM – Simultaneous Localization And Mapping

Mapping Specifications

SLAM mapping

Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) based LiDAR mapping +/- 0.03% drift

LiDAR range

0.40 m to 100 m

LiDAR accuracy

+/- 30 mm

Mapping accuracy

+/- 20 mm in general environments

+/- 15 mm in typical underground and indoor environments

+/- 5 mm for close range scanning

Angular field of view

360° x 360°

LiDAR data acquisition speed

300,000 points/sec

Maximum data capture travelling speed

Vehicle: 40 km/h; flight: 5 m/s above ground, 2 m/s underground or confined spaces

Start / stop scanning while in motion



Full resolution point clouds, decimated point clouds, trajectory

Point cloud file format

.las, .laz, .ply, .dxf

Point cloud attributes

Intensity, range, time, return number and ring number

Processing parameters

Pre-set profiles with 20+ adjustable parameters

File size



High speed data offload


480 Gigabytes – approximately 12 hours of sensor data

Operating temperature


Keywords: Mobile Mapping System (MMS), Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM), Drone, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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