Global LiDAR Market: Overview
Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) is an active, remote sensing technology that basically uses pulsed laser beams to measure variable distances to the earth, reliably and accurately. When used with any remote sensing airborne system, the distance mapping technology can generate three-dimensional (3D)-information about the shape of the earth and determine various characteristics of its surface such as pressure, temperature, and humidity. LiDAR systems are popularly used in by researchers and mapping professionals for environmental research and enable those in getting 3D structures of the manmade as well natural environments with marked accuracy. Compared to passive sensing technology, there is widespread demand for this remote sensing technology in numerous application in various end-use industries. In the coming years, many more exciting applications of LiDAR as geographic information system are expected to emerge providing simplified interpretation of 3D imagery data.
LiDAR systems are used in making digital elevation models to be used in emergency response operations, notably in disaster-prone coastal areas. Two broad types of LiDAR technologies used are topographic and bathymetric, and typically uses near-infrared laser and green laser light respectively. The report on the global LiDAR market offers in-depth assessment of key growth dynamics and challenges, major technological advancements, notable trends and emerging opportunities, share and size of prominent segments, and the competitive landscape.
The global LiDAR market is projected to rise at an impressive CAGR of 15.0% CAGR from 2014 to 2020, and is anticipated to touch a valuation of US$605.5 million by the end of 2020.
Global LiDAR Market: Trends and Opportunities
The growing demand for obtaining precise and flexible 3D imagery in various end-use sectors such as power transmission, construction, defense and aerospace, and transportation, is a key factor driving the global LiDAR market. Several benefits contribute to the attractiveness of the LiDAR- based sensing systems. Compared to photogrammetry and other passive sensing technology, their use is driven by the potential to offer high spatial and flexible resolution of the measurements. In addition, they use in providing atmosphere characteristics at ambient environmental conditions is contributing to the demand for these systems. A growing number of coastal applications of LiDAR is accentuating the growth of the market.
In recent years, LiDAR mapping systems are increasingly being used in power sectors for modern remote sensing methods power grid construction, laying up transmission lines, and their effective management. An emerging number of applications in transportation, aerospace, and infrastructure sectors is anticipated to boost the market over the forecast period. Furthermore, substantial support from governments in various developing and developed countries to adopt advanced remote sensing technology the defense is a notable factor boosting the market. Advancements in software management used in LiDAR systems and the continued efforts of players in standardizing the data efforts are prominent trends expected to open lucrative prospects in the market in the coming years.
Global LiDAR Market: Regional Outlook
Regionally, North America accounted for the leading market share in the global market in 2013. The dominance of the regional market can be attributed to the widespread application of LiDAR in modern remote sensing applications used in the defense and aerospace sector. Europe currently trails this regional market. However, this regional market is expected to rise at a prominent pace and is predicted to outdo all others. The growth is fueled by the marked presence of some prominent players and a burgeoning consumer base in key economies of the region. Meanwhile. Asia Pacific is projected to offer promising avenues for market players in the coming years.
Companies mentioned in the report
Some of the top players operating in the global LiDAR market include RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH., Optech Incorporated, Avent Lidar Technology, Intermap Technologies Corp., Aerometric Inc., Aero-Metric, Inc., Firmatek 3D Mapping Solutions LLC, Leica Geosystems AG, Airborne Hydrography AB, Mosaic 3D, 3D Laser Mapping Ltd., FARO Technologies Inc., and DigitalWorld Mapping Inc.
The global LiDAR market can be segmented based into:
- Airborne LiDAR
- Terrestrial LiDAR
- Defense and Aerospace
- Transmission lines
- Flood Mapping
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World