Hovermap incorporates the latest in LiDAR sensing technology to offer high density point clouds with exceptional coverage. Featuring a sensing range of up to 300 meters and more than a million points per second, Hovermap captures detailed, accurate data over a wide area fast – accelerating your time to insight.

Emesent offers a choice of Hovermap business plans designed to match and support your specific LiDAR mapping and data visualization requirements.



All Hovermaps in the ST product range are designed with the tough, lightweight, IP65 weather sealed design giving you the confidence to capture harsher areas. The award winning Wildcat SLAM solution and Emesent autonomy algorithms ensure safety for the drone and asset, even in hazardous, GPS-denied environments.

Emesent Aura, the integrated processing and visualization software, and its Automated Ground Control feature further increases the accuracy of Hovermap point clouds and enhance the capabilities of its SLAM-based mapping.

Hovermap autonomous LiDAR mapping


Why choose Hovermap

Fast time to insight

A LiDAR sensing range of up to 300 meters and triple returns capable of more than one million points per second allow you to capture detailed, accurate data over a greater area in less time – increasing efficiency.

Survey-grade Accuracy

The award winning Wildcat SLAM solution, Automated Ground Control Points and higher resolution LiDAR sensor provide a cleaner point cloud with sub-centimetre precision allowing you to obtain more accurate measurements and improved insights.

uniquely versatile

The plug and play design and quick-release mechanism allow easy switching between modes. Use Hovermap as a handheld scanner; attached to a drone, vehicle, or pole; lowered in a cage; or mounted to a backpack to easily collect data anywhere. The compact, lightweight design makes it easy to carry and provides longer flight time.

Superior detail

Capture shadowless, detailed, high quality point clouds of an entire complex asset with high density data sets to reveal richer features. Add a level of reality capture with Colorization.

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Autonomy options for EVERY SCANNING NEED

Hovermap’s autonomy levels give you the versatility to best capture the environment you need and the confidence to leave the site knowing you’ve captured everything you need. In all modes, Hovermap streams a live point cloud to the Hovermap app, providing a real-time preview of the data as it is captured when in communication range.

Autonomous Waypoint Mode

Autonomous Waypoint Mode provides beyond line of sight flight through Smart Waypoints and Guided Exploration. Simply tap on the map to set smart waypoints, and Hovermap takes care of the rest, navigating to the waypoints, mapping the area, and keeping itself and the drone safe from obstacles.

Pilot Assist Mode

Pilot Assist Mode provides omnidirectional Collision Avoidance, line of sight GPS-denied flight capability, and stability control, providing the confidence and stability for close, thorough inspections. It acts as a safety bubble for your drone, keeping the asset and your equipment safe.

This mode is available in the Plus Subscription.

Mapping Mode

Mapping Mode offers fast, accurate, and high resolution mobile scanning of environments where drone autonomy is unnecessary. Hovermaps quick-release mechanism allows you to easily switch from a drone to handheld scanning or a backpack-, vehicle-, or protective shaft scanning cage-mount for SLAM-based mobile mapping.

Next-Gen 3D Data Capture

Robust, autonomous capability

Autonomy modes designed to suit your needs with pilot assist with omnidirectional collision avoidance or beyond line of sight Guided Exploration.

Robust LiDAR scanner
Versatile deployment 3D mapping

deployment options to suit your needs

Hovermap’s unique versatility allows users to capture data from previously inaccessible areas, either from the air or on the ground. The plug and play design enables easy switching from drone-based use to handheld, backpack, vehicle or ground robot-mounted scanning.

Live streamed point clouds

Hovermap streams the live point cloud to the Hovermap app, allowing a real-time preview of the data as it is captured.

Real time 3D point clouds
Hovermap accessories

Designed for fleet expansion

Accessories are compatible with both Hovermap ST and ST-X, meaning if you expand your Hovermap fleet, you can use the same accessories on different Hovermaps.

Hovermap Specifications
Mapping Specifications
LiDAR range
0.40 to 100 m (1.3 to 330 ft)
Mapping Accuracy
± 20 mm (3/4 in) in general environments ± 15 mm (19/32 in) in typical indoor and underground environments ± 5 mm (7/32 in) isolated change detection capability
LiDAR Channels
LiDAR Data acquisition speed
Single Return Mode: up to 300,000 points/sec Dual Return Mode: up to 600,000 points/sec
512 Gigabytes – approximately 8 hours of sensor data
Physical Specifications
1.6 kg (3.5 lb)
Emesent Business Plans
Versatile Hardware
Scan locations without GPS by walking, driving or flying with the same hardware.
No GPS Required
Map any environment quickly and safely with Hovermap’s SLAM localization.
IP65 Rating
IP65 rated unit is protected against dust and low-pressure jets of water from all directions, making it ideal for use in harsh environments.
Obstacle Proximity Map*
Use the proximity map to avoid obstacles and navigate the drone safely from a distance.
Accessory Port
An accessory port and mount points expand Hovermap ST’s capability with accessories such as a long-range radio.
Drone Mountable*
Attach the Hovermap payload to a compatible drone to use it as an all-in-one 3D mapping device.
Smart Battery Return-to-Home
Maximize flight time and return the drone to base safely using Hovermap’s battery monitoring and shortest route home features.
Magnetic Interference Tolerance
Maintain flight stability in areas of magnetic interference.
Barometric Pressure Tolerance
Fly safely in tight spaces where air pressure fluctuates using the Hovermap SLAM altitude control feature.
‘Mapping Only’
Rapid, high-definition survey-grade 3D data capture, in scenarios where autonomy is not required.
Omnidirectional Collision Avoidance
Create a virtual safety shield around the drone and avoid the smallest of obstacles.
Real-Time Point Cloud Streaming
View the 3D point cloud of your mapped environment in real time.
Smart Waypoints
Let the drone self-navigate to pre-set waypoints and monitor its progress via a live-streamed 3D map.
Beyond Line-Of Sight Flight (BLOS)
Capture complex assets with a BVLOS Hovermap flight in GPS-denied environments.
Guided Exploration and Intelligent Path Planning
Hovermap’s autonomous path planning algorithms guide the drone through its flight mission.
Tap-To-Fly Operation
Fly an entire mission, from take-off to landing, with Hovermap’s easy to use interface.
Communication Loss Return-To-Home
Minimize the risk from communications loss between the drone and Hovermap.
Live Stream Onboard Drone Camera*
View a live stream of the mission with an integrated drone camera and Emesent software.
Operate Beyond Communication Range
Hovermap finds a safe route to a waypoint (continue beyond Wifi and radio communication ranges) before returning to home.
Extend your connectivity range up to 20 times*
Long range radio enables users to live stream Hovermap point cloud data and control Hovermap from up to 20 times further.
GPS Denied Flight*
Allows drones to fly autonomously in GPS-denied environments, enabling a host of new applications such as flying and mapping in underground mines, inside warehouses or inspecting underneath bridges.
*Requires additional hardware to enable features

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