DJI, announced the launch of its new LiDAR system, the DJI Zenmuse L2. This product follows its predecessor, the Zenmuse L1, but offers advancements in its RGB camera, LiDAR module, and overall accuracy.
The Zenmuse L2 is tailored to fit DJI's Matrice 300 RTK and Matrice 350 RTK platforms. When paired with DJI Terra, the company's proprietary software, it promises a comprehensive solution for 3D data gathering and precision post-processing.
Christina Zhang, Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at DJI, commented on the product's capabilities. She highlighted how it builds upon the groundwork laid by earlier models and reiterated its potential in the field of 3D data capture.
Hardware Enhancements and Functionalities
The new model incorporates an improved LiDAR, a self-developed IMU system, a 4/3 CMOS RGB camera, and a three-axis gimbal. This combination, especially when used with the DJI Matrice 300 RTK or Matrice 350 RTK drones, is designed to offer data collection that is both precise and dependable.
A notable feature is the immediate readiness of the high-accuracy IMU system upon powering on, which enhances the fieldwork experience. Additionally, this IMU system's adaptability to different environments has been increased, aiming to provide more consistent operational reliability and precision.
In terms of its detection capabilities, the Zenmuse L2 offers a 30% extended detection range when compared to the Zenmuse L1. Its operational altitude has also been raised to 150 meters, which potentially boosts both the safety and efficiency of operations.
The L2's sensors have undergone improvements as well. Its RGB mapping camera now comes with a mechanical shutter and a pixel size of 3.3 μm, capturing images with an effective pixel count of 20 MP.
In operation, the DJI Pilot 2 software supports a variety of display modes, which include RGB, point cloud, and a simultaneous display of both. Post-operation, the software can generate quality reports, which offer point cloud playback and merging functions.
DJI Terra's integration with the Zenmuse L2 ensures point cloud post-processing. The processed data can then be utilized to produce a digital elevation model (DEM) and other analytic results.
The Zenmuse L2, when used in conjunction with the DJI Matrice 300 RTK, Matrice 350 RTK platform, and DJI Terra, can find applications in various sectors including land surveying, forestry, and key asset management.
In forestry, for example, the LiDAR system can penetrate canopy layers, enabling analysis of tree characteristics like crown width and height. For powerline inspection, the system can assist in efficiently gathering point cloud data, which can then be utilized to measure distances between vegetation and powerlines or plan automated inspection missions based on the collected data.
DJI has indicated that the Zenmuse L2 will soon be available for purchase through its official online store and authorized DJI Enterprise dealers.