Chromasens 3DPIXA camera scans roads for potholes


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German scanning camera manufacturer Chromasens has introduced a new camera that can be attached to a vehicle to capture high-speed 2D and 3D images of cracks and potholes. Surfaces up to 14.4 feet wide can be scanned in one pass. The vehicle can travel up to 62 miles per hour when scanning. The camera simultaneously captures 3D elevation measurements and 2D color images. “3DPIXA RI is capable of detecting not only the width of the hole but its depth as well, by creating a 3D model with a point cloud of the hole,” says the company. “It can even detect if an existing asphalt repair is in good shape by measuring elevation changes in the road.” The graphic depicts the scan width in millimeters of the Chromasens 3DPIXA Road Inspector camera. The system is designed to be lightweight and can be easily installed on standard vehicles. The company recommends using the system with a Chromasens Corona II LED light unit. “Across Europe, North America and Asia, thousands of miles of roads have been automatically scanned with Chromasens 3DPIXA cameras and LED lighting units,” says Jeremy Gowers, Chromasens director of sales and business development for the Americas. “We have now taken this experience to create a 3DPIXA RI camera designed specifically for this application.” Chromasens 3DPIXA RI comes with the Chromasens 3D API for software integration and supports libraries from HALCON (MVTec), MIL (Matrox), LabVIEW (National Instruments), and Coake (SAC). The company says that its Camera Link interface is universally compatible with third-party frame capture tools, cables, and accessories.


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