As the world continues to advance in the latest surveying and monitoring technologies based on LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), there is a huge potential of applying these technologies on the diverse terrain of India.
Although earlier there were challenges for Indian companies to invest in the LiDAR technology, given stringent regulations on capturing aerial data, in recent years, there has been a surge of companies that have positioned themselves as holistic geospatial or geo-intelligence providers.
Here are outlined the top 10 LiDAR companies in India, which include established companies and a few startups as well.
Below is a list of the companies that have been in the LiDAR business for quite a few years. Read on to know more about the solutions they provide.
Genesys, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is an industry leader in mapping and surveying solutions. One of the largest providers of geospatial services, its solutions cater to multiple industries including utilities, infrastructure, governments, navigation, natural resource management, and disaster management.
The company boasts of a unique mobile mapping system that uses high-definition LiDAR scanners. It has partnered with leading flying operators that use LiDAR systems in airborne vehicles. With its exhaustive fleet, it has completed more than 75000 km of road-mapping throughout India.
Another Mumbai-based company, Rolta offers IT solutions to several verticals, such as governments, utilities, manufacturing, retail, defense, power, and healthcare. It provides complete solutions for geospatial requirements, including image processing, mapping, spatial data analysis, and more.
Rolta’s remote sensing capabilities involve the detection and mapping of earth’s surfaces using RADAR and LiDAR technologies. It also has strong partnerships with worldwide leaders in LiDAR technologies such as NIIRS10 that further support the company’s geoengineering capabilities, especially in the field of mapping using LiDAR technologies.
3) ESRI India
ESRI is a global geospatial company with its operations in India headquartered in Noida. ESRI India is popular because of the development of its ArcGIS software, which is a combination of mapping technologies and data analytics.
Customers of ESRI India span from commercial establishments through governments to utilities, and more.
Another unique solution from this company is L3Harris, which collates remotely sensed data using a range of technologies that includes LiDAR. The solution processes this data using deep learning technology, advanced analytics, and image processing, for a wide range of applications.
Infosys is a Bengaluru-based conglomerate that provides IT solutions and consulting services all over the world. In recent years, the company has deeply invested in machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies.
From the research was born India’s first autonomous buggy, whose navigation system features LiDAR and vision sensors. The engineering services department of Infosys is looking into more such innovations and evaluating more applications for LiDAR, especially in the self-driven car sector.
By combining deep learning, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and robotics, Infosys is on the path to make autonomous vehicles a booming reality.
Headquartered in Nagpur, an industrial town in India, Ceinsys is a leading solution provider of geospatial and IT solutions. The company caters to several industries including water, power, construction, mining, and governments.
LiDAR solutions from Ceinsys include mobile, airborne, and terrestrial platforms, which gather data that is processed using advanced algorithms to produce discernible outputs.
The company has many success stories to show, including road mapping by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), terrestrial scanning of archaeologically significant buildings, managing the flow of city traffic using mobile LiDAR sensors, and more.
Cyient is a Hyderabad-based company that provides engineering services to a range of industries, of which geospatial services form the core. Its LiDAR-based services include data acquisition and processing, mapping, and feature extraction.
It emphasizes on the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to process the geospatial data for advanced decision making.
Cyient’s success stories include clients from the railways, utilities, agriculture, automotive, mining, governments, and energy sectors. With the help of LiDAR, companies can now develop a digital twin of any site and reduce manual surveying of grounds, thus saving on operational costs.
Another Bengaluru-based company, Nakshatech focuses on geospatial solutions and services, catering to industries such as forestry, mining, oil & gas, transportation, water, utilities, and so on. The company provides full-spectrum LiDAR data collection and analysis services.
Some of the key data processing techniques it uses are terrain variation analysis, data density, review of 3D views, data anomaly filtering, and so on. It also specializes in topographical classifications, feature extraction, corridor mapping, and contour generation.
The company achieves accurate results by combining the LiDAR technology with other remote sensing and mapping technologies such as orthophotos imagery and GIS.
It is unfair to create a list of top LiDAR companies in India without giving credit to the outstanding work that some of the startups in this field have been doing. So, here are 3 such startups that complete the list of the top 10 LiDAR companies in India.
Headquartered in Gurgaon, India, NeoGeoInfo solely focuses on geospatial services through the use of advanced technologies. The company offers end-to-end solutions that cover data acquisition, processing, analysis, and visualization.
Since its inception in 2007, the company has catered to multiple clients in various industries such as geology, water, utilities, roads, power, and forestry. Its core geospatial technologies include LiDAR, GIS data collection, image processing, digital photogrammetry, differential global positioning systems (DGPS), ground-penetrating radar (GPR), and electronic total stations (ETS).
A Bengaluru-based startup, Intraspatial started as a GIS services company in 1995, and gradually broadened its portfolio with other technologies such as photogrammetry mapping, orthophoto generation, satellite imagery, and LiDAR data editing.
Today, it has clients and partners in the industry all over the world. The company has completed multiple photogrammetry and GIS projects across industries such as utilities, governments, road mapping, and many more.
Geokno, based in Hyderabad, India, was ideated within the research laboratories of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. The primary focus of this company has always been the applications of LiDAR. To that end, it collaborated with the GMR group in 2012 and has been at the forefront of the LiDAR-based technological advancements in the country.
The company offers LiDAR sensors in the airborne, mobile, and terrestrial categories. Its flagship product, the GeoknoMapper, deploys advanced sensors that collect precise LiDAR data over large surface areas at a speed that exceeds most other mobile mapping systems.
Geokno’s high-tech LiDAR services support a wide range of industries, including transportation, smart cities, defense, forestry, agriculture, disaster management, and utilities.
Recent advancements in the LiDAR technology have opened up a plethora of opportunities for mapping solutions to be deployed in India. Consequently, several established companies focusing on geospatial solutions have been gearing up to perfect their surveying and remote sensing techniques using LiDAR.
Conglomerates and IT solutions providers are also in the race to enter the geospatial foray with their efforts in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other advanced data processing technologies.
Last but not the least, let us not forget the significant contribution of the Indian startups in this space that have further amped up the competition through their geospatial technology expertise.