Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for remote sensing. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 4 promising LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) System startups.
Heat Map: 4 Top LiDAR System Startups
For our 4 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 4 interesting examples out of 165 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
3D at Depth – Underwater LiDAR
The oceans and seas are an integral part of modern-day communications as they contain the networking infrastructure that is vital for our internet. At the same time, the oceans remain vastly unexplored. Many startups are now using LiDAR technologies to create detailed maps of the ocean floor.
The US-based company 3D at Depth focuses on the production and development of subsea LiDAR technology. The data collected by their LiDAR system is analyzed using patented algorithms that enable the measurement and evaluation of underwater environments.
Eolos – Wind Measurement LiDAR
Wind energy is being rapidly adopted as a source of renewable energy by many countries as they seek to combat the detrimental effects of extracting and using fossil fuels. One of the factors limiting the greater adoption of wind farms is finding the optimal location for the placement of the bulky turbines. Companies are now using wind measurement LiDAR systems to scout the effects of the wind in a location and to find the optimal location for setting up wind turbines.
Spanish startup Eolos offers wind measurement systems for offshore wind farms. Their floating platform uses a combination of sensors with a LiDAR sensor at the heart of the system. The autonomous buoy measures wind, waves, and ocean currents to provide actionable intelligence for wind farm placement.
OnyxScan – Geomapping LiDAR
The development of autonomous vehicles has seen a rise in the number of companies focusing on the collection and processing of LiDAR data, gathered from roads, to use in other vehicle LiDAR systems. The same LiDAR tools and technologies are being fitted on drones to map out large areas of land and collect data that can be used across a wide range of industries and applications.
Belgian startup OnyxScan manufactures unmanned aircraft for the collection of geographical data using a drone-based LiDAR system. Their system is designed to be a holistic solution that covers mission planning, post-processing, and software for data analytics. They are built to be deployed quickly in tough weather conditions and have a visibility range of 200 meters.
Agerpoint – Agriculture LiDAR
Advancements in LiDAR and drone technologies empower the agriculture industry to utilize unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to collect and analyze data from crop fields of all sizes and shapes. This enables farmers to create 3D models of their fields to analyze the effects of drought. Thereby they can optimize the spraying and spacing of the crops to achieve efficiency by adopting the required farming techniques at the right time.
The US-based startup Agerpoint uses drones equipped with LiDAR systems to scan and collect high-resolution crop data for large agricultural fields. This data is then centrally analyzed by their data analytics platform Agermetrix. They also offer platforms for other groups; for example, they work with like insurers, researchers, and AgriTech companies, helping them make informed decisions about their farmlands.
What About The Other 161 LiDAR System Startups?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 4 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 165 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.