Meet the Open Mobile Mapping System project

Today we’d like to share an impressive open source UAV hardware and software project, possible thanks to the effort of Ryan Brazeal and supporters.

When we think of open source UAV hardware projects we usually think of small, classroom friendly, tiny drones. Well, this one is not a toy, but will give a run for the money to the most sophisticated and professional rigs.

OpenMMS “presents a single source of information that lists every nut, bolt, OEM sensor, and manufacturing step required to build a modern, tightly-integrated MMS [Mobile Mapping System] sensor. The project also includes a robust suite of novel open-source software applications that rigorously process the collected data and generate industry-standard geospatial deliverables”.

Now for the kicker: “The complete OpenMMS solution provides many of the same features and achieves the same (or better) accuracy specifications as comparable commercial systems. The hardware combines a lidar sensor, global navigation satellite system sensors, an inertial sensor, cameras, and computers, to create a tightly-integrated digital mapping tool. The software is easy to use, fast, supports multiple OS, and, when possible, leverages multi-core (CPU) and graphics card (GPU) processing.”.

While OpenMMS is an independent project, here at OpenDroneMap we’re fully committed to support other open source projects in UAV mapping. We have opened a community channel on our forum for OpenMMS that will provide a venue for users to talk and share ideas about the project.

We look forward to see what the OpenMMS team will bring up next.

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