Revolutionizing Real Estate: How Mobile 3D LiDAR will..

Revolutionizing Real Estate: How Mobile 3D LiDAR will change the Industry

November 22, 2021 | Read Time: 10 min


The past few years have been a case study in finding creative solutions for unpredictable situations. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted global market conditions for every industry segment. Because of the fundamental need for shelter, employment, manufacturing and storage, the real estate industry has been at the forefront of these changes. The limitations of the pandemic have forced the key players to adapt and rethink their strategy to survive, and hopefully flourish. 

As an example, a key advancement is the acceleration and implementation of 3D technology for the commercial and residential real-estate sectors. In digital spaces, having access to 3D information enhances decision-making by simulating a panoramic, high-resolution walkthrough and allowing for interactivity. 

Until recently, the real estate industry was reliant on specialized 3D capture equipment to create interactive maps and develop engaging digital experiences. This was primarily due to the specialized nature of this technology and the skillset required to capture 3D information. Advancements in 3D capture technology are rapidly changing the landscape with accessible 3D capture options. 

Mobile 3D Scanning 

3D Scanning has emerged as a transformative force in the real-estate sector with the growth of detection sensors on smartphones. A key step in this growth has been the introduction of the LiDAR sensors in Apple devices. Operating at nano-second speeds, LiDAR is a pulsed laser that generates a 3D model with greater accuracy than just a simple camera. Now a standard feature in iPhone Pro and iPad devices, the inclusion of the sensor paves the way for improved 3D capture for users.

Before exploring the possibilities offered by smartphone 3D capture tools, let’s evaluate the existing 3D scanning tools available on the market. 

High-Precision LiDAR Scanner Equipment

High-Precision LiDAR scanner equipment is conventionally used for accurate 3D scanning for commercial purposes. This category of capture equipment is considered ‘high-end’ due to the cost associated with the capture process. Typically, these devices produce a point cloud, and some also capture 360 photos. The use-case for these devices is focused on precision.

LeicaNavVisRieglFAROTrimbleArtec, etc.



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