FACTFILE... on 3D laser map­per

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

THE Gov­ern­ment has in­vested £3.14 mil­lion in an ini­tia­tive to speed up ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

It has al­ready spent £2.7 mil­lion on the scan­ners for 27 forces across the coun­try.

The 3D scan­ner takes 150,000 laser mea­sure­ments within a four-me­tre ra­dius.

This pro­duces a per­fect 3D model of the scene.

A cam­era on top of the laser then takes images to add real-life colours to the fin­ished model. And a global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem (GPS) also gives an ac­cu­rate lo­ca­tion.

The po­lice are also hop­ing to roll out the use to crime scenes as well as traf­fic ac­ci­dents, although that is in early days.

Cur­rently eight of­fi­cers in the force’s ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit have been trained to use the scan­ner.

They are made by the Aus­trian firm RIEGL and Swiss mak­ers Le­ica Geosys­tems.

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