ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 6, 2010 — Riegl Laser Measurement Systems GmbH has released its latest state-of-the-art airborne laser scanner, the LMS-Q680i for FAA rotocraft. It uses reduced laser power to achieve the Class 1 rating dictated by FAA policy. The risk to a person in the area around the laser scanner is zero. The company says that, under foreseeable typical operational modes for actual airborne surveying with the LMS-Q680i aboard a rotorcraft, there is no hazard from the laser emission for observers on the ground or for the crew. This system has the same 266,000 measurements at the ground performance. This innovation in 3-D provides good point density performance and a laser pulse repetition rate of 400 kHz. It offers echo digitization for in-depth full waveform analysis, now smoothly combined with multiple-time-around signal processing. The combination allows the user to benefit from the high pulse rate and from high flight altitudes and thus to achieve high measurement densities on the ground. A scan rate of up to 200 lines/s at a constant 60° field-of-view makes the system suitable for use in city modeling, power line monitoring and coastal mapping. The scanner is also used in forestry and digital elevation model generation applications.