OPAL-360 series LiDAR Scanner

At a glance

  • Rugged 360⁰ 3D LiDAR sensor
  • Eye safe (class 1) at 1540nm
  • Penetrates obscurants like dust, smoke, rain, snow
  • Built for harsh environments and off-road vehicles
  • Various performance/price options
  • Unique, non-overlapping scan patterns (no data gaps)
  • Self-monitoring for dust accumulation, performance and health checks
  • Easy vehicle, tripod and fixed mounting options
  • Compatible with our 3DRi™ (3D Real-time intelligence) software development toolkit for out-of-the-box advanced 3D machine vision


The OPAL-360 is a rugged, multi-purpose 3D LiDAR scanner with  a 360⁰ Field of View specifically designed for autonomous off-road vehicles and robotics applications in harsh environments.  Using an innovative sensor concept based on spinning prisms and our patented obscurant-penetrating technology, the OPAL-360 is a versatile and powerful 3D situational awareness sensor for machine automation applications, as well as for perimeter security and monitoring tasks.  The OPAL-360 is designed for the punishing conditions typical of off-road vehicles used in the mining, oil and gas, and heavy industries and applications.  The sensor is environmentally sealed (IP67) with no externally moving parts, has a -40⁰ to +65⁰C  operating temperature range achieved with no fans or heaters for improved reliability, and is ruggedized to withstand significant vibration and shock levels.  It delivers an unprecedented combination of range, data density, acquisition speed and obscurant penetrating capability – all packaged for harsh environments.  Various performance options are available depending on your specific application needs and budget.

Scan patterns

OPAL-360 scanners produce a unique, non-overlapping scan pattern in 360° that can generate very dense 3D data sets in seconds even when stationary (no data gaps).

But for many real-time applications such as autonomous navigation or surveillance, actionable information can be derived from sparse data and there is no need to collect and more importantly, process large amounts of point cloud data.  Our OPAL scanners can be configured to collect sparse data sets sufficient for change detection and can then seamlessly switch to collecting more high-resolution data should something of interest be detected in the data.  Alternatively, the scanner can use non-overlapping scan patterns to simply fill in the data gaps with only a few seconds of scanning – even when stationary.

The following images show typical scan patterns and the ability of the OPAL-360 to acquire very high resolution 3D data sets in 360° in just seconds.  These scans were taken from the roof of  a seven story office building overlooking a parking lot and buildings (which are 200m away).  The speed and flexible data collection characteristics of the OPAL-360 make it an ideal sensor for real-time applications in harsh environments, as well as a very fast high-resolution survey and mapping sensor.  A variety of standard scan patterns for different types of applications are user selectable in the OPAL 2.0 software interface, or they can be easily customized.

The example scans (for 2, 5, 10, and 60 seconds at 200kHz) show the non-overlapping scan pattern and how OPAL rapidly fills in the data gaps even when stationary.  Please click on the images.

OPAL-360 versions and specifications

The OPAL-360 series consists of the following three variants:

  • OPAL-360SP (Standard Performance)
  • OPAL-360HP (High Performance)
  • OPAL-360XP (Extreme Performance)

OPAL 360 - 3-4 front view (lower res)The OPAL-360SP has a range of 390m (at 90% reflectivity) in clear conditions, a 200kHz data acquisition rate, a 360°x40° field-view, moderate obscurant penetration capability (with optional software plugin) equal to roughly twice that of the naked eye, and is the most economical variant in the OPAL-360 series.  It is principally targeted at machine automation applications on off-road vehicles or short-range monitoring, survey and mapping applications.

The OPAL-360HP and XP variants deliver increased range (up to 2,700m  in clear conditions), larger field-of-view options (up to a 360°x60°), and obscurant penetration capability of up to three times that of the naked eye.  These variants are targeted at real-time monitoring and longer range mapping applications, or where significant amounts of obscurants are expected.

Please download the OPAL-360 series data sheet for detailed specifications and ordering options.

As the OPAL 2.0 architecture is very flexible, we can also cost-effectively customize the sensor performance and packaging to meet your specific application requirements.  Please contact us to discuss options.