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March 16, 2018
New bMS3D-360: The first Backpack Mobile Scanning System including Panormic Camera

France: Viametris, a leader in mobile scanning technology launches its industry-leading bMS3D backpack mobile scanning system embedding a 360° camera.

“Users of mobile scanning systems know how difficult it is to cover an entire city with this kind of system and how complex the completeness is” says Jerome Ninot, Founder of VIAMETRIS. Narrow streets and pedestrian zones are considered hurdles when it comes to mobile scanning. The new bMS3D-360 makes this sort of tasks achievable. It is now available on the market and it comes with post-process software. It will be presented at SPAR 2018.

Improved Data Exploitation with Panoramic Images

VIAMETRIS has found a solution to scanning challenges by developing the bMS3D-360: the world’s first mobile scanning backpack system including  a panoramic camera.  This sensor allows the user to maintain continuity of results with mobile mapping systems on cars which already include this kind of camera. Operation and visualization with such 360° images are now easy to use. Everyone is now used to navigating through panoramic images ever since Google provided massive street views. Navigating through bMS3D-360 images becomes easy and intuitive when compared to 3D point cloud navigation.

No-GNSS dependent Technology for Trajectory Calculation

10 years of experience have allowed VIAMETRIS to produce this GNSS mono-antenna system based on GNSS-free scanning (indoor or denied-GNSS area): the system trajectory is calculated by LiDAR-SLAM.

It produces colorized point clouds with the absolute accuracy of less than 5cm under appropriate satellite reception conditions. Compared to many mobile scanners, this backpack does not rely on GNSS to properly work. If the GNSS reception is not good enough, control points can be added for absolute localization. The backpack can be used to scan all sorts of indoor areas (i.e.: airports, industrial buildings or shopping malls). The bMS3D-360 is lightweight. It protects the retractable camera an all other components since it is self-contained.

Post process in VIAMETRIS PPiMMS Software

PPiMMS® post-processing software manages the dataset coming from the system. Its mission is to calculate, control and improve the trajectories by calling LiDAR-SLAM functions, and reducing drifts thanks to Loop Closure Algorithms. The user can manually add GCPs to constrain the result when GNSS reception is poor. But, in most cases, the user will be able to include post-processed global positions (PPK) using GNSS Post- Processing Software. Additionally, the panoramic camera can be used to colorize the point cloud using PPiMMS®.


VIAMETRIS is the French leader in Mobile Scanning Systems. The company developed a product range of scanners for indoor and outdoor environments. VIAMETRIS has been an expert in the GNSS-denied scanning for 10 years, this has allowed the company to develop a unique software with a workflow compatible with any scanning system.

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