June 3, 2024

Integrating Mobile Mapping Data from Trimble with Detekt


Accurate and high-quality data collection has become essential for efficient infrastructure management, and Detekt is an universal tool for converting mobile mapping data into practical insights for municipalities, road authorities, and contractors.

Like Leica Geosystems and Teledyne Flir, Trimble's Mobile Mapping systems are among the best in the industry, enabling us to leverage Detekt for extracting information on road signs, road markings, and road damage effectively.

Detected Road Signs and Visualization

Trimble Geospatial: Excellence in Spatial Data Collection

Trimble Geospatial has been empowering professionals with advanced measurement solutions for decades. Known for its high-quality products and innovative approach, Trimble Geospatial is trusted by experts across various industries, including surveying, construction, agriculture, and utilities, to meet their geospatial needs.

With a long history of delivering pioneering solutions for spatial data collection and analysis, Trimble Geospatial is relied upon by professionals globally to capture, analyze, and present spatial information accurately. Trimble Inc. has a global presence with approximately 11,000 employees and operates in over 35 countries, driving innovation in geospatial technologies.

Trimble Geospatial offers a wide range of products, including cutting-edge total stations, GNSS systems, aerial and mobile mapping solutions, and laser scanners. Their mobile mapping solutions provide efficient and precise data collection and analysis, supporting a broad spectrum of geospatial applications:

Trimble MX90

  • High-resolution immersive 360-degree panoramic with 72MP resolution and targeted planar cameras 
  • High-density colorized point clouds
  • Integrated high-end IMU and Trimble ProPoint for performance in challenging GNSS environments

Trimble MX50

The Trimble MX50 is a versatile and user-friendly mobile mapping system designed for comprehensive location intelligence. It is perfect for asset management, infrastructure development, and critical service operations. Key features include:

  • Integrated LiDAR scanner with up to 960kHz effective measurement rate
  • 360° panoramic camera with 30 MP resolution
  • Embedded Trimble GNSS-inertial system

Trimble MX7

The Trimble MX7 is an advanced mobile mapping system that enhances productivity with its ease of use and advanced technology. It captures high-quality 360-degree images and detailed data, making it suitable for asset management and urban planning. Key features include:

  • 30 MP panoramic camera system
  • Georeferenced images captured at highway speeds
  • Lightweight and portable design for easy deployment
Road Markings Detection and Visualization

Why Combine Trimble with Detekt?

Trimble's mobile mapping systems, like the MX9, MX50, and MX90, are leading tools in the geospatial industry, offering high-resolution imagery and dense point cloud data at highway speeds. Their comprehensive solutions enable detailed surveys of both urban and rural environments with unparalleled efficiency and accuracy.

Detekt harnesses the full potential of Trimble's advanced mobile mapping data by employing AI to automatically identify, categorize, and evaluate various road assets such as road damages, signs, and markings. This synergy enhances the efficiency and accuracy of road asset management, essential for municipalities, road authorities, and contractors.

While other feature extraction solutions often rely solely on point cloud data, Detekt's fusion detection uniquely combines imagery and point cloud data, maximizing the capabilities of Trimble's systems. This approach ensures precision in detecting and analyzing road conditions and safety features, even in challenging GNSS environments, thanks to Trimble's high-end IMU and IN-Fusion+ data processing technology.

Integrating Detekt with Trimble’s mobile mapping systems maximizes the investment by delivering highly accurate and actionable insights, essential for modern road asset management. This powerful combination not only improves the precision and scope of data capture but also enhances overall workflow efficiency, making it an invaluable asset for any infrastructure project​​.

Integrating Trimble Data into Detekt

Detekt fully supports image data captured with any Trimble system to facilitate comprehensive geospatial analysis. Below is a step-by-step description on how to integrate it into Detekt:

1. Data Capture

Start by using a Trimble system to capture your area of interest. Ensure that your settings optimize the capture of high-resolution images and accurate GNSS data for full coverage.

Detekt can directly process the Trimble folder structure. We use captured point cloud data to measure and accurately locate the image detections. Images from the pavement cameras are recommended for enhanced results to precisely detect road damages in image data.

The Detekt team is happy to assist you with these recommended capturing modalities, feel free to reach out to us at any time.

2. Data Upload

Once you have reached out to us, we will provide access to a secure storage where you can upload data. Detekt is designed to handle large datasets efficiently, ensuring quick data processing.

3. Processing and Analysis

Detekt automatically processes the uploaded data, utilizing its computer vision models to detect and assess various elements like road signs, road damages and road markings within 72 hours.

4. Provision of the results

Post-analysis, we will provide you immediate access to your results. You can choose to have all detections exported as georeferenced data in any GIS format (i.e. as shapefiles or geojson files) or examine and verify the results directly in the Detekt Viewer.

Road Damages Analysis with Detekt

Benefits of Integration

Integrating Trimble’s detailed capture with Detekt provides several benefits that improve geospatial data handling and analysis:

Enhanced Accuracy

The high-resolution imagery data captured by Trimble MX systems ensure that every detail of the road environment is recorded with precision. When this data is analyzed by Detekt’s robust computer vision models, it results in highly accurate assessments of road signs, markings, and defects.

Time Efficiency

Automation of the analysis processes significantly reduces the time required from data collection to actionable insights. Traditional methods that require manual survey and assessment can take weeks or even months, depending on the project scale. With Trimble and Detekt, the same processes can be completed in a fraction of the time, allowing for quicker responses to road maintenance needs and planning.


By reducing the need for extensive manual labor and automating the data analysis process, the integrated solution of Trimble and Detekt cuts down operational costs. Municipalities and engineering firms can manage their budgets more effectively, allocating resources to other critical areas of infrastructure improvement and maintenance.


Detekt is designed to handle large-scale data efficiently, making it suitable for extensive urban and rural mapping projects. Whether it's a small town or a large metropolitan area, the Trimble MX systems and Detekt combination can scale to meet the needs of the project without a loss in performance or accuracy.

Improved Decision Making

With more accurate and timely geospatial data, city planners and maintenance teams can make better-informed decisions. This leads to more effective prioritization of repairs and upgrades, enhanced traffic management, and public safety measures.