Emesent Aura

Process and visualize Hovermap point clouds

Emesent Aura allows the processing and visualization of scans in one intuitive platform, streamlining the way Hovermap users process, view, and analyze point clouds for faster insights and improved decision-making.

The latest version of Aura makes adding visual context to your point cloud even easier, with panoramic 360° colorization for handheld, backpack, vehicle and drone capture. Workflows have been streamlined further with the ability to colorize the point cloud and capture 360° images from the same scan.

The addition of automated moving object filtering removes the hassle of manually removing noise associated with moving objects such as people or vehicles from your scans.

Aura also supports RTK (Real-time Kinematics), automating high-accuracy georeferencing and drift-correction for Hovermap scans on DJI’s M300 and M350 drones. This enables the delivery of fast, accurate and precise above ground drone scans on demand, without the need to lay out and georeference ground control points. Aura intelligently leverages both RTK and SLAM to optimize results.

Aura software comes bundled with all Hovermaps.

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Easy Data Processing and Visualization


SLAM-based mapping is known for its speed, ease of use, and ability to capture shadowless, dense point clouds. As use cases grow and point cloud sizes increase, efficiently processing, viewing, and analyzing the data becomes challenging.

Emesent Aura solves this by providing an end-to-end workflow optimized for Hovermap users.

LiDAR processing software

What’s New & Improved

360° colorization

View scanned features with true-to-life realism and ensure easier interpretation of objects with enhanced point cloud colorization.


Change Detection and Convergence Monitoring

Change detection and convergence monitoring (BETA) leverages Emesent’s SLAM algorithm to deliver a faster and easier workflow for identifying changes in underground environments.

360° contextual imagery

Gain additional context for Hovermap point cloud scans by adding 360° panoramic photography. The plug-and-play Handheld 360° Image Kit (sold separately) for Hovermap, combined with seamless processing in Aura, enables the easy capture, registration, and export of 360° panoramic images for analysis.

RTK support

During processing, Aura automatically evaluates the GPS signal quality and will intelligently choose the optimal combination of RTK and SLAM (either RTK and SLAM, or SLAM if RTK is not of high enough quality), toggling between the two, to provide the user with the most reliable and robust point cloud.

Automated point cloud cleaning

Automated Noise Filtering

Aura’s set-and-forget processing visibly improves the output quality of high-density point clouds with automated filtering of noise and stray points and moving objects.


Aura’s simple navigation and intuitive workflows make it easy for users of all levels to process, visualize, analyze and export their data. Effortlessly combine point clouds, join scans and save files in different formats.

Point cloud processing and analysis software
Point cloud accuracy


Processing powered by the world’s leading SLAM algorithm converts your data into highly detailed, accurate point clouds, with features to improve point cloud accuracy.

Save and export your point clouds in stages

Flexibly manage your point clouds in the way that suits you with the capability to save your work as you go, create separate copies for export, easily change file formats or join multiple point clouds into one file.

Point cloud file formats
Point cloud colour scales

Color Scale Filtering

Uncover hidden details and improve visualization and analysis by applying pre-set filters based on specific attributes, including elevation, position, intensity, time and range.

Why use Aura?


Don’t waste time switching between applications to process and view your data. Aura consolidates it all in one platform, with the ability to export to widely-used industry file formats and CAD packages.

Powerful processing

Emesent Aura makes your workflow seamless and hassle free no matter how large or numerous your datasets, dense your point clouds, or complex your 3D structures. Job queueing allows for set and forget processing of files, and customized profiles provides scan processing with minimal configuration.

Rapid, accurate results

Clean your point cloud automatically or at the touch of a button with SOR (Statistical Outlier Removal) and DBD (Decimate by Distance) filters. Georeference your point cloud with confidence, thanks to Automated Ground Control alignment (optional) and accuracy reports. Easily export high resolution screenshots for faster stakeholder buy-in.


Process, view, clean, edit, and colorize Hovermap point clouds in a single streamlined application. Take measurements and easily manipulate the point clouds with a range of 3D tools. Automate previously manual and error prone tasks to improve the quality of analysis, remove the risk of error and improve analysis.

Wondering how Aura can streamline your mapping workflows?


High density LiDAR data


Aura excels at displaying the dense, detailed point clouds produced by Hovermap, even for extremely large datasets with billions of points.


Multi-Frame Rendering efficiently visualizes your point cloud in the highest detail, no matter how dense the points or complex the asset, giving you deeper insights.

High density LiDAR data
Fast point cloud visualisation


Aura gives you the ability to toggle between open point clouds, so you can work on multiple scans at the same time as you are processing, improving efficiencies and saving you time.


Building on Emesent’s world leading SLAM algorithm, Aura provides even greater detail and more accurate point clouds, delivering superior results for challenging environments.

SLAM point cloud processing



Aura’s Automated Ground Control enhances the capabilities of SLAM-based mapping. It enables new use cases, including long, large, and feature-poor assets such as roads, stadiums, and tunnels – previously a challenge for SLAM-based mapping.

During processing, Automated Ground Control automatically detects the reflective ground control targets and uses these to both georeference the point cloud and improve accuracy. After running Automated Ground Control, you can validate your target alignment with a GCP Accuracy Report.

Emesent Ground Control targets are required to use Automated Ground Control.

Georeferenced point clouds
Real time kinematics (RTK)


Aura Real-Time Kinematics (RTK) allows you to scan on demand without the need to lay out or georeference ground control targets – accelerating time from scan to insight for your above ground Hovermap drone scans. The simplified, fast tracked workflow automates the creation of accurate, georeferenced point clouds in large or low feature environments or areas where ground control targets are not feasible. Automatic SLAM correction delivers higher quality results for repeat scans over the same area and enables changes to be easily detected.

Scanning with RTK requires a base station and receiver and a Hovermap integrated drone.


Provide additional context to your point clouds with 360-degree colorization, no matter if your data is captured by drone, vehicle, backpack or handheld scanning. 

Simply attach the 360-degree camera to Hovermap with our quick-release mount to rapidly capture colorized scans. Our team has developed a powerful software algorithm to achieve precise calibration and synchronization between the camera and LiDAR sensor, keeping it simple and easy to use while producing incredible results.

Point cloud colourisation

Handheld 360 Image Kit

Emesent’s Handheld 360 Image Kit adds additional information to Hovermap point cloud visualizations with 360-degree contextual imagery.

The 360-degree camera attaches directly to the Hovermap unit and is designed for operators to comfortably hold in one hand, enabling easy generation of 360-degree images while capturing 3D LiDAR data. Hovermap’s camera mount minimizes obstruction by people or equipment, ensuring a high-quality image output. Pre-built image masking allows an operator to use default masks – or import custom masks – to hide their appearance, helping with privacy. 360-degree images and 3D LiDAR data are captured at the same time, with the location of images registered automatically in relation to the point cloud. By using Emesent’s data processing software Aura, image orientation is selected automatically, ensuring no calibration is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I use Emesent Aura?

No matter how dense your point clouds or complex your 3D structures are, Emesent Aura allows you to process, view, clean, edit, and take measurements from Emesent Hovermap point clouds in a single streamlined application. Aura lets you automate previously manual and error-prone tasks to improve the quality of analysis and optimise scanning results for better decision-making. Aura excels at displaying the dense, highly detailed point clouds created by Hovermap, even for extremely large datasets featuring billions of individual points. 

Does Emesent Aura support Ground Control Points (GCP)?

Emesent Aura’s Automated Ground Control enhances the capabilities of SLAM-based mapping. During processing, Automated Ground Control detects the reflective ground control targets and use these to georeference the point cloud while improving accuracy. Automated Ground Control is an Emesent Aura extension that requires an additional license. Emesent Ground Control targets (sold separately) are required in use with Automated Ground Control. Contact us for more information.

Does Emesent Aura provide 360-degree colorization?

Emesent Aura’s Colorization offers a new dimension of reality capture to 3D point clouds for deeper environmental insights, providing additional context, more clarity and heightened realism. Colorization is an Emesent Aura extension that requires an additional license. You will also need a rugged action camera attached to your Hovermap. Contact us for more information.

Does Emesent Aura support Real-time Kinematics (RTK)?

Yes. Hovermap data capture combined with Aura’s RTK processing optimizes results by intelligently leveraging both RTK and SLAM to ensure the most reliable point clouds. RTK requires a compatible drone and additional software license to activate. Contact us for more information. 

Which drones does Emesent Aura RTK processing support?

Currently, Emesent Aura’s RTK supports Hovermap scans on the DJI M300 drone.

Can I capture 360-degree images with Emesent Hovermap?

Yes. Emesent offers a Handheld 360 Image Kit that attaches directly to the Hovermap unit. 360-degree images and 3D LiDAR data can then be captured at the same time, with the location of images registered automatically in relation to the point cloud. Using data processing software Aura, image orientation is selected automatically, ensuring no calibration is required. Contact us to find out more.

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