Lasers were barely out of their infancy in the late 1960s, yet founder Dr. Allan Carswell saw their potential for revolutionizing remote sensing and began developing prototype lidars at York University, Canada. Government agencies were quick to see the benefits of this pioneering technology and, to keep up with the growing demand, Dr. Carswell founded Optech in 1974. This began the company’s long tradition of developing cutting-edge sensing technology in a cooperative setting and adapting ground-breaking science to fit the specific needs of our clients.
Optech has developed lidar and imaging systems for a multitude of clients and their specific applications, with several resulting in major contributions to the remote sensing industry. Some firsts from Optech include:
This pioneering start with continued innovation to meet client needs has enabled Optech to maintain its technology leadership in the industry, culminating in landmark products such as CZMIL for seamless topo/bathy even in turbid water conditions, the compact Orion for the highest quality and efficiency, the LMS automated workflow software for both airborne and mobile sensor data, and Lynx for capturing engineering-grade 3D data from vehicles moving at highway speeds.
“Optech has benefitted from many outstanding experiences over the last 40 years,” said Dr. Carswell, “from creating the first lidar-derived bathymetric charts to putting the first lidar on the surface of Mars onboard the NASA Phoenix Mission. As a new member of the Teledyne family of companies, Optech is entering a new era of continued innovation and development, with ever more exciting active and passive sensor solutions to meet real-world project requirements. I would like to thank our clients around the world for their contributions to our success, and promise them that the best is yet to come!”
Optech is the world leader in high-accuracy lidar 3D survey systems, integrated cameras, and productivity-enhancing workflows. With operations and staff worldwide, Optech offers both standalone and fully integrated lidar and camera solutions in airborne mapping, airborne lidar bathymetry, mobile mapping, terrestrial laser scanning, mine cavity monitoring, and industrial process control, as well as space-proven sensors. Accuracy and productivity matter!
For further information, please contact your Regional Sales Manager or:
International Sales Manager
300 Interchange Way,
Canada L4K 5Z8
+1 905 660 0808