The Metrolla Blog

24 Oct, 2020

The Power of LiDAR in an Automation Driven World.

Automation is paving the future for mobility, infrastructure, robotics, logistics and manufacturing at a rapid pace. At the forefront of the automation evolution is laser imaging, detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors. The use of LiDAR is a method for measuring distances using laser based sensors. Differences in laser return times and wavelengths enable digital 3-D representations of the world around the sensor. The use of LiDAR technology is influencing technology decisions of companies, smart cities and governments, due to the breadth and accuracy of information it provides.

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24 Oct, 2020

Metrolla Company Overview

Metrolla is the first company specifically focused on mobile high-volume near real-time LiDAR data offload. The challenge is current sensor technology that generates gigabytes of data per second. In order to stream data remotely in near real-time using current communication (4G) technology, Metrolla has created a way to access the ROS system with specific optimization and compression routines.

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11 Feb, 2021

Metrolla Announces Official Automated with Velodyne Partnership

Seattle, Washington (November 5th, 2020) -- Metrolla and Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (Nasdaq:VLDR) officially announced Metrolla’s participation in the

Automated with Velodyne Partner Program.

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24 Mar, 2021

LiDAR SPAC's and mass adoption of LiDAR sensors

LiDAR - What in the Self-driving Robot Is it?

With multiple SPAC IPO's and a drop in price enabling mass adoption: Light Detection and Ranging Technologies, or LiDAR, are favored by industries pursuing automation. Lidar gives devices like cars, robots, and drones "eyes'' with sensors used to enable computer vision.

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24 Mar, 2021

UNESCO Conservation Efforts with LiDAR and more

The past week on LiDAR 101, we had the honor of welcoming Tom Grey, Product Marketing Manager at Ouster, to the "Clubhouse stage" to add to the conversation. The appearance comes at an exciting time for Ouster, who recently joined mobility tech's SPAC craze - and officially began trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker (OUST) on Friday, March 12th, 2021.

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25 Mar, 2021

Smart Cities - What's Underground?

While underground infrastructure poses a national threat, the threat is particularly huge for New York City. Construction crews face the prospect of rupturing gas lines, hitting water mains, or shorting a generator. This challenge is exacerbated by events like hurricanes or flash floods, such as the many citizens and two hospitals left without power from Hurricane Sandy


Looking at the New York City Lidar scan from 2017, LiDAR data is used in a variety of ways to continuously improve the city and mitigate environmental and construction threats, saving money and avoiding safety liabilities in the process. Derived datasets can be used to analyze coastal storm and sea-level rise inundation, flood risk assessment and mitigation, and green infrastructure and tree canopy planning. 

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