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Note: This tutorial assumes that you have completed the previous tutorials: Creating a PSENscan application package, How to configure parameters with yaml.
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Launching multiple scanners

Description: This tutorial explains how to use multiple scanners.

Keywords: PSENscan, psen_scan

Tutorial Level: BEGINNER

This part will teach you how to start multiple scanners with a single launchfile, by showing an example of how to launch two scanners simultaneously.


Creating the config files

Navigate to your config folder:

roscd psen_scan_tutorials/config

We will reuse the first config-file from the previous tutorial and create a second config-file:

gedit config2.yaml

Fill the yaml-file with key: value pairs that match the parameters you would like to store. Here ́s an example:

password: "ac0d68d033"
sensor_ip: ""
host_ip: ""
host_udp_port: 50505
frame_id: "scanner2"

Note: You cannot assign adjacent IP-Adresses to different Scanners, e.g. and, because a single scanner takes up two IP-Adresses.

Note: If all your scanners send data to the same host, they have to send to different host_udp_ports to avoid conflicts.

Note: You need to choose unique frame_ids for each scanner to be able to position them independently from one another inside your ROS-Environment.

Creating the launch file

Create a new launch-file inside your launch directory

roscd psen_scan_tutorials/launch
gedit two_scanners.launch

Here ́s an example launch-file:

  <node name="laser_scanner" type="psen_scan_node" pkg="psen_scan" output="screen" required="true">
    <rosparam command="load" file="$(find psen_scan_tutorials)/config/config.yaml" />
  <node name="laser_scanner2" type="psen_scan_node" pkg="psen_scan" output="screen" required="true">
    <rosparam command="load" file="$(find psen_scan_tutorials)/config/config2.yaml" />
  <node name="rviz" type="rviz" pkg="rviz" args="-d $(find psen_scan)/config/config.rviz" />

Note: Each laserscanner needs a unique node name.

Start the application

Enter the following to start RVIZ together with the ROS-Node for the PSENscan application.

roslaunch psen_scan_tutorials two_scanners.launch

Rviz will only show a single scanner. To add a second scanner to the visualization you need to add a LaserScanner Object to Rviz and then choose "laser_scanner2/scan" as it's topic.

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