Virtual Site Walks, Surveying a Possibility With Scout App


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Md7 and Overlay have partnered to develop Scout, a computer vision and mobile augmented reality app, that hopes to accelerate the site acquisition and land surveying process for small cells in the wireless industry.

Its developers maintain that Scout accelerates the site acquisition process by enabling virtual site walks as well as automating pole measurements and the creation of candidate packages.  In addition, they say, it eliminates the need for back office processing of the data gathered in the field because all field data is uploaded from the app and is immediately accessible through a complementary web portal called Base.  

Base manages search rings and auto-populates candidate packages and site sketch templates as soon as the field data is uploaded from Scout.

Tom Leddo, the Chief Strategy Officer for Md7, noted that “the small cell deployment model requires innovation in every phase, that is why we partnered with Overlay.  We have been working together to develop what we believe will be a disruptively innovative tool to accelerate the deployment of countless small cells over the next three to five years.”

Scout is also designed to accelerate the land surveying process for small cells through the generation of 1A and topographic surveys.  When paired with survey-grade GPS, Scout uses Visual Inertial Odometry to build an accurate 3D scene of the objects and planes around each candidate pole.  This data is also immediately accessible through Base, which auto-generates 1A and topographic surveys in PDF format for review and approval by a licensed surveyor.

April 11, 2019

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