How to blur personal data on FARO laser scanner color images

Learn how to apply automated blurring on FARO laser scanner panoramas to comply with data protection laws and protect privacy.

17 November 2021, by Alexander PetkovAsk a question

Demand for protecting privacy while laser scanning is growing due to data protection laws and privacy concerns by companies. Data and privacy protection is achieved by blurring faces, bodies and license plates on color imagery acquired during laser scanning.

We closely collaborated with qapture's laser scanning specialists, to provide an easy workflow on how to apply blurring on FARO laser scanner imagery.

Laser scanner panorama anonymized by Celantur
Laser scanner panorama anonymized by Celantur


  • FARO SCENE software
  • Image Blurring software

ℹ Image resolution must not be changed during the workflow.

Step by step

  1. Open your registered project
  2. Select Explore
  3. Export Color Overlays:
    1. Right click a scan
    2. Click Operations > Color/Pictures > Export Color Overlay...
  4. Apply blurring on exported .bmp image file, e.g. fully automated with Celantur.
  5. Import blurred Color Overlay
    1. Right click scan
    2. Click Operations > Color/Pictures > Replace Color Overlay...
  6. The blurred color overlay will be displayed after a few moments.

Context menu flow to export and import color overlays for blurring in FARO SCENE
Context menu flow to export and import color overlays for blurring in FARO SCENE

Celantur: Automated image blurring

Use Celantur to automatically blur personal data on images. Sign up online and get started. The first demo images are for free.

Our software solutions (available online and on-premise) automatically detect and blur faces, bodies, license plates and vehicles. Join world-class surveying and construction companies like STRABAG, Mølbak Land Surveyors A/S and EXACT who rely on Celantur to automatically blur images.

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