I'm Francesco, one of the founders of Benaco.
We're a company providing 3D virtual tours -- the end-user experience is much like what you get with Matterport, if you're familiar with that.
We've been working with various companies to provide 3D virtual tours based on laser and panoramic data, and we now want to onboard more people onto our laser platform. You can get an overview here: https://benaco.com/laser. Here's the tour present in the homepage, make sure to pause the guided tour and explore the space yourself!
You can find many more examples in our showcase at https://benaco.com/showcase/laser-scanning.
Our laser offering targets industrial users with needs exceeding what platforms like Matterport or other 360 tour pano services offer.
It also targets professional laser surveyors who wish to add easy-to-use, beautiful virtual tours as an additional output for their customers, and who are not satisfied by the scanner vendors' own offerings like Leica TruView or Faro WebShare.
In brief, this is what differentiates us:
- We support most stationary laser scanners (Leica, Faro, Z+F, etc.), and we can support others as long as you provide us with exported registered point clouds and panoramic images. In other words, we do not care about what hardware/software you use, as long as we can work with your data.
- Additionally, our pipeline can automatically register additional panoramic images taken with a fast panocam like the Ricoh Theta Z1 against your coloured laser data. This means that you can save time by taking fewer laser scans, and then adding as many panoramic images as you like on top, for a denser view point coverage. Like with the scanners, any panoramic image in equirectangular format (be it from a panoramic camera or from stitched DSLR shots) works, and you can mix images from different sources within the same tour.
- We offer you flexibility on how to host your data. You can simply host your tours on our platform, download them offline and host them yourself, or have us maintain a single-tenant deployment of our platform. We found this to be a key requirement when working with sensitive data -- e.g. with governments or big corporations.
- We're still experimenting with our pricing; our goal is to make it desirable for laser-scanning professionals -- with less vendor lock-in and lower recurring fees.
To try it out, just contact us and we'll do a free evaluation tour for you. You can reach us at [email protected] or via the chat bubble at the bottom right of our website! We'll also answer any questions in this forum thread .
Francesco and the Benaco team