3D virtual tours from laser data and pano images with Benaco

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3D virtual tours from laser data and pano images with Benaco

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Hi all,

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.
In general, we try to be more accommodating and flexible rather than providing a one-size-fits all solution. We're also not interested in scanning the spaces ourself, and want to build long-term partnerships with laser and pano professionals.

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
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Re: 3D virtual tours from laser data and pano images with Benaco

Post by badam »

Dear Francesco it looks good.

how will it be licensed?
will it be a service or a one time purchased converter/"server" which can be run on premise?
will it be able to run offline without any informationsent to online?
if it is a service how would we pay for storage nr of scan/used space/...?

Do you support leica e57-s with integrated images? mainly it is a cubemap image set in the e57 file. it is every time exported from register 360 and can be exported from cyclone register as well by enable multiimage.
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Re: 3D virtual tours from laser data and pano images with Benaco

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Hi badam,

Thanks for the questions!
badam wrote: Mon May 24, 2021 6:56 pm how will it be licensed?
will it be a service or a one time purchased converter/"server" which can be run on premise?
will it be able to run offline without any informationsent to online?
if it is a service how would we pay for storage nr of scan/used space/...?
We sell our platform as a service -- it is not a standalone software. However we offer a lot of flexibility on how the content is served. I'll give you an overview here, and you can also check https://benaco.com/laser#info-data-protection for more info.

The pricing works with a per-tour fee, based on how many individual scan positions the tour has, plus a recurring hosting fee. The hosting fee varies depending on what type of hosting you require. In order of increasing costs, you can:
  • Host your scans on our main deployment at benaco.com
  • Have a private, single tenant deployment managed by us
  • Have us deploy our platform on your premises
Moreover, you can always download an "offline bundle" for any Benaco tour, which lets you view the tour completely offline, without contacting any remote server.

If you want a quote, please send us the information listed here https://benaco.com/laser/quote at [email protected] .
Do you support leica e57-s with integrated images? mainly it is a cubemap image set in the e57 file. it is every time exported from register 360 and can be exported from cyclone register as well by enable multiimage.
We do support Leica e57. You can take a look at our exporting instructions to get an idea of what this would involve on your end, but it's probably exactly what you expect: https://cdn.benaco.com/partners/benaco/ ... ctions.pdf .

Feel free to ask clarifications if anything is unclear!
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