Key Trends in Laser Scanning for Public Safety

Sergeant David J. DeLeeuw with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office still remembers what it was like to scan a homicide scene using one of the early laser scanners, with their large batteries, laptop, power adapters and numerous cables. Today, he is fast and efficient with the Leica ScanStation P40, but he sees even better things on the horizon. 

"Laser scanning technology is ever evolving, and this is no more evident than in the public safety sector," he says. "In my nine years of working with the Ocean County (New Jersey) Sheriff’s Office within the crime scene investigation unit I’ve experienced first-hand how this technology is continually advancing."

What's still to come? Technology is getting lighter, smaller and faster, for one.

"Laser scanners are continually decreasing in size while increasing in speed. From my beginnings of working with the ScanStation 2 to now working with the P-series, my team and I have decreased our time on site by 80 per cent," David says.

"I only see this trend continuing as Leica Geosystems introduces miniaturized laser scanners, such as the Leica BLK360. Weighing in at only 2 pounds, this imaging laser scanner could certainly make scene captures even quicker and easier. As this is the first generation of such a technology, we are continuing to evaluate its capabilities in the Public Safety sector. It’s not designed for the accuracy of the P-Series, which is our go-to, but there is definitely potential."

Read David's other observations of the latest trends in laser scanning for public safety in the HxGN Spotlight.

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