»We develop mobile laser scanners and cover the entire 3D data process chain.«

From robust systems for fast detection of the environment to intelligent fusion and interpretation algorithms.

Laser scanners for 3D data acquisition

We develop laser scanners for use on mobile platforms. The systems measure with high precision even under extremely harsh operating conditions – for example on rails.

Data fusion und positioning

Data processing is crucial when it comes to obtaining high-quality data from measurement data. Parameters such as the movement of the measuring platform or its geopositioning are incorporated into the data set and provide valuable additional information.

Automated interpretation of 3D data

We develop »Deep Learning Frameworks« for an efficient evaluation of large amounts of data. The adaptive algorithms used in this context are based on artificial neural networks (ANN).

Object and Shape Detection

3D data acquisition and automated data interpretation

In the »Object and Shape Detection« business unit, systems are developed for 3D detection of the geometry and location of objects. As a rule, the detection takes place from moving platforms and extends over a wide distance range – from tenths of a millimeter to the 100-meter range. The focus is on the research and development of very fast and robust measuring systems based on time-of-flight measurement technology or camera systems.

The spectrum of our customized measuring systems ranges from highly complex multispectral laser scanners to smartphones as measuring devices, which we equip with specially developed software for this purpose.

When evaluating data, we take advantage of the opportunities offered by current groundbreaking developments in machine learning. This enables us to extract maximum information from measurement data and to gain new information from existing measurement results. Our turnkey systems consist of high-precision measuring devices with downstream automated data evaluation.

Our offer in the imaging object and shape detection includes

  • Development of tailor-made measuring systems
  • Software development along the entire 3D data process chain
  • Technology consulting and evaluation
  • Feasibility studies and aptitude tests
  • Contract measurements
  • Simulation of optics, electronics, mechanics and thermal distribution


Systems in operation

Examples of our developments are hand-held and industrially used measuring instruments from companies such as Bosch or Tessari. Our laser scanners are used by leading 3D measurement technology providers such as FARO, by Deutsche Bahn (DB), Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) and ten other railway operators worldwide on three continents. The German Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) uses our measuring systems as reference devices. These scanner systems are world leaders in terms of measurement speed and accuracy and are continuously being further developed using highly integrated and low-cost components from communication electronics.

News & Information


Project MobDi – Mobile Disinfection

Object and materials detection for disinfection robots

As part of the MobDi project we are working on the optical detection of typically contaminated objects. To this end we develop measurement technology combined with automated data interpretation based on deep learning.

Research projects / 2.2.2021

Two projects within the »Baden-Württemberg AI innovation competition«


The state of Baden-Württemberg is supporting a total of 44 projects from SMEs, with the goal of overcoming technical obstacles to the commercialization of artificial intelligence (AI).

In the field of object and shape detection, we are involved in two projects as a research partner.




Article in Geoconnexion, October 2020 issue

»Mapping the underground maze«

A mass of infrastructure is hidden under our cities, much of it poorly mapped, if at all. Fraunhofer IPM is developing an AI-based system that recognises typical underground objects in image data. Alexander Reiterer reports on the progress so far.



Press Release / 8.7.2020

Digitization in the
building pit

In most cases, network infrastructure operators still use analog methods to keep records where cables have been laid and lines have been drawn in the ground. Fraunhofer IPM has recently launched the »NEXT.TrenchLog« project in cooperation with Bayernwerk Netz GmbH, developing a digital solution for the documentation of underground infrastructure: Using artificial intelligence, the system automatically generates georeferenced 3D data of the components.


Press Release / 1.7.2020

Multi-sensor system for inspection of roads, railways and similar assets

Fraunhofer IPM has developed a novel 3D laser scanner that can be used to closely monitor transport infrastructure and plan maintenance work in a timely manner. The multispectral sensor system measures surface structures as well as the surface moisture on objects, all in a single inspection process.

Press Release / 9.3.2020

Laser scanners for
detecting explosive
ordnance on seabed

As part of the LUXOR research project, Fraunhofer IPM is teaming up with international research partners to develop an automated, digital system that will facilitate the identification of explosive ordnance on the seabed and improve the safety and efficiency of its removal.


Press Release / 18.11.2019

Federal Highway Research Institute uses PPS-Plus

The Pavement Profile Scanner is part of the latest measuring vehicle MESAS of the Federal Highway Research Institute BASt. The research vehicle records the condition of road surfaces and the substance of the asphalt surface and thus provides the basis for optimum maintenance planning. After extensive test runs, regular operation now begins. 



Building and construction surveying with laser scanning


Topics: Automated object recognition in 3D data, data aquisition from the air, multispectral sensor concept for tunnel inspection.

Trade Fairs 2022

For reasons of the Corona pandemic we will take part in trade fairs only in 2022:


Oceanology International

     London, March 15–17, 2022


     Berlin, September 20–23, 2022


     Essen, October 18–20, 2022





November 17–18, 2021

MoLaS 2021

The MoLaS – Mobile Laser Scanning Technology Workshop, originally scheduled for November 2020, has been postponed due to the Corona pandemic.

Further information


Partners and Networks

  • CNA Center for Transportation & Logistics Neuer Adler e.V. Cluster Bahntechnik Bayern
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photogrammetrie, Fernerkundung und Geoinformation e.V. (DGPF)
  • Deutsche Hydrographische Gesellschaft  e.V. (DHyG)