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Accurate measurements are a necessity for various industries. From surveying and construction to design and mapmaking operations, being able to take precise measurements quickly is a valuable capability.
While traditional measuring tools like tape measures offer a familiar and reliable measuring resource, these tools can be difficult to use in larger applications and often require multiple people to get optimal readings. The tape measure also needs to be adjusted and moved for every measurement taken, adding to the time investment required. These pitfalls have led to professionals exploring alternative measuring options that are faster, easier and safer. Laser measuring tools have emerged as a solution.
Laser measuring tools are becoming increasingly popular solutions to meet measuring needs across a range of industries. Fast, accurate and reliable, laser measuring offers immense benefits to users, and Spike laser measuring solutions add to these advantages with improved usability and versatility. Learn how laser measuring works, its benefits and how Spike takes laser measurement to the next level.
Laser measuring tools are a relatively new measuring technology. These tools, as the name suggests, use lasers for the purpose of measurement. These tools do not make complete physical contact with the object that needs to be measured. Instead, the laser measure uses a beam of light directed at the object’s surface to determine the distance between the device and the object.
Spike is a unique laser measuring tool that takes this basic concept to the next level. The Spike tool is a smartphone or tablet attachment that pairs with a smart device using Bluetooth and a dedicated app. The tool then takes a laser measurement that can be paired with other data from your smartphone to provide detailed measuring data with a few taps of the screen.
Measuring tools that use laser technology calculate distances using the speed of light. The laser measurement tool does this by measuring the time it takes for a reflection to return after a laser pulse is sent out. Because the speed of light is constant, this time measurement can then be used to accurately measure the distance between the laser measurement tool and a target.
So what does this look like in the field? For typical laser-guided measuring tapes, the device is placed on one end of the space you want to measure and aimed at the other end, similarly to how you use a conventional tape measure. Once the device is placed, the user presses a button to turn on the laser and take the measurement, which will display on the screen with a digital readout.
That is how a generic laser measure works — now here is how Spike works!
Spike is a laser measurement attachment that pairs with your smart device using Bluetooth and an app. The attachment then takes a measurement and pairs it with your device’s camera, GPS, compass and connection to the internet to capture data about your position and the position of your target object. All of this can be done in three simple steps:
Due to the level of technology involved, laser measures have higher upfront costs than traditional tape measures. But laser measures present an excellent return on investment (ROI) for users compared to traditional measuring tools. Some of the biggest advantages of laser-guided measuring tools include:
The Spike laser measuring tool offers additional benefits on top of these. Some of the specific advantages of Spike laser measuring include:
All of these benefits mean users that invest in Spike laser measuring tools can enjoy a full return on investment very quickly. Most users see an ROI within three to five Spike applications.
The accuracy of a laser measure tool depends on the original laser pulse returning to the device with little to no disruption. By their nature, laser beams are narrow with high energy. They’re less likely to disperse as they travel through the air, so the return beam is as clear as possible.
With that functionality, laser measures are highly accurate, often providing results that are accurate down to a few millimeters. These results are usually more accurate than traditional tape measures, as these tools can bend or sag over long distances, affecting the measurements.
The laser rangefinder from Spike exemplifies the accuracy of laser measurement tools. The eye-safe laser rangefinder from Spike supports ranges between 6-650 feet or 2-200 meters and is accurate within ± 2 inches or 5 centimeters. As for the associated tools, Spike’s photo measurements are accurate within 1%, and the point-to-point measurement tool is accurate within 3%.
Laser measurement tools can be used in a wide variety of industries. Some examples include the following:
Spike can be used in all of these applications and more. Spike is used by over 30% of state DOTs for geospatial applications and is used by thousands of signage professionals for developing signs and graphics. Spike laser measures are also used in various commercial field services, from insurance assessments to construction planning and architectural design.
If your company is interested in using laser-guided measuring tools in your application, Spike is an easy-to-use and accurate solution.
Spike is an award-winning laser beam measurement device that makes it easy to get comprehensive measurements for practically any project. Designed for users in the field, Spike connects to your smartphone or tablet using cellular data or a Wi-Fi connection. It then pairs laser measurements with your phone data and photographs to generate highly accurate measurements. All you need to do is snap a few photographs and select the measurements you want, and the Spike app will do the rest.
On top of Spike’s ease of use, the technology offers a range of features that benefit your operations, including:
In addition to the Spike laser measurement tool, users also benefit from the Spike Cloud. The Spike Cloud is a web app that downloads on your desktop or PC and can be used to upload, organize and store all the photos you collect on your Spike app.
All Spike users have access to a Basic Plan at no additional cost, which includes all the photo measurement capabilities of the Spike app so you can take measurements on a larger screen. If you are looking for increased capabilities, the Spike Pro Cloud is an optional upgrade available. The Spike Pro Cloud includes premium features on top of the basic capabilities, including image scaling, collaborative features and advanced folder organization.
With all of these benefits and features, Spike presents an affordable solution that delivers a massive return on investment. By improving safety, reducing time investments and enhancing collaborative efforts, Spike saves users money with every use.
Spike is a modern solution for gathering accurate measurement data quickly. With a smartphone or tablet, a Spike laser, the Spike app and access to the Spike Cloud, users can quickly get the measurements they need for practically any project, regardless of the project’s size or complexity. Trusted by over 5,000 companies worldwide, Spike offers a comprehensive, affordable and maintenance-fee-free solution for your measuring needs.
With Spike, you gain improved performance and peace of mind. Spike products are backed by a one-year product warranty to protect your purchase. We also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee with no questions asked. If you’re not completely satisfied with our product, you can return it.
Learn more about Spike laser measuring tools, their compatibility with your organization’s resources and how they can be used in your operations. Explore Spike features today via our FAQ page or connect with our team online for expert advice.
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