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1. WO2011008579 - LIDAR POINT CLOUD COMPRESSION

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CLAIMS

The embodiments of the invention in which an exclusive property or privilege is claimed are defined as follows:

1. A system for compressing a point cloud, comprising:

a time series converter configured to receive vectors of the point cloud, and further configured to sort the vectors of the point cloud in accordance with ordinal references that are indicative of the order in which the data of the vectors were collected; and

a pipelined wavelet transformer comprising multiple pipeline stages all configured to receive results of the time series converter to produce coefficients that facilitate compression to produce a compressed point cloud.

2. The system of Claim 1, further comprising an interchannel transformer configured to detect a relationship between one channel and another channel, and further configured to perform a transformation so as to allow one channel to be a primary channel that undergoes lesser compression and another channel to be an auxiliary channel that undergoes greater compression.

3. The system of Claim 1, further comprising a reversed wavelet transformer configured to decompress the compressed point cloud.

4. The system of Claim 2, further comprising a reversed interchannel transformer configured to reverse a transformation performed by the interchannel transformer.

5. The system of Claim 1, further comprising a reversed time series converter configured to sort the vectors of the point cloud in accordance with an order in which the data of the vectors were originally presented in the point cloud.

6. A method for compressing a point cloud, comprising:

converting vectors of the point cloud in a computer in accordance with ordinal references that are indicative of the order in which the data of the vectors were collected; and

compressing using wavelet transformation in multiple pipeline stages all configured to receive results of the act of converting to produce coefficients that facilitate compression to produce a compressed point cloud.

7. The method of Claim 6, further comprising performing an interchannel transformation by detecting a relationship between one channel and another channel, and specifying one channel to be a primary channel that undergoes lesser compression and another channel to be an auxiliary channel that undergoes greater compression.

8. The method of Claim 6, further comprising decompressing the compressed point cloud.

9. The method of Claim 7, further comprising reversing the interchannel transformation.

10. The method of Claim 6, further comprising reversing the conversion of vectors of the point cloud in accordance with ordinal references that are indicative of the order in which the data of the vectors were collected.

11. A computer-readable medium having computer-executable instructions stored thereon for implementing a method for compressing a point cloud, comprising: converting vectors of the point cloud in accordance with ordinal references that are indicative of the order in which the data of the vectors were collected; and

compressing using wavelet transformation in multiple pipeline stages all configured to receive results of the act of converting to produce coefficients that facilitate compression to produce a compressed point cloud.

12. The computer-readable medium of Claim 11, further comprising performing an interchannel transformation by detecting a relationship between one channel and another channel, and specifying one channel to be a primary channel that undergoes lesser compression and another channel to be an auxiliary channel that undergoes greater compression.

13. The computer-readable medium of Claim 11, further comprising decompressing the compressed point cloud.

14. The computer-readable medium of Claim 12, further comprising reversing the interchannel transformation.

15. The computer-readable medium of Claim 11, further comprising reversing the conversion of vectors of the point cloud in accordance with ordinal references that are indicative of the order in which the data of the vectors were collected.