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3D Laser Scanner

Focus Premium

FARO® Knowledge Base

Setup and Usage of FARO Flash


A FARO® Flash Scan is comprised of a Focus Premium low-resolution scan and a simultaneous high resolution 360 Ricoh Z1 Pano image. The data is combined/processed in SCENE (offline workflow) or Sphere (online workflow) resulting in a hybrid "Flash Scan" – a color point cloud with approx. 23 million points per scan.

To use FARO Flash you will need the following:

Activating FARO Flash

  1. Open the Stream app.
  2. Connect your phone/tablet to the internet to first establish a Sphere connection for Flash license activation of the Focus Premium scanner. Tap the top cloud icon and then log into your FARO Sphere account and choose your workspace to retrieve the FARO Flash license information.

  3. Disconnect from Sphere. Then connect Stream to Focus scanner. For more information see: Connecting to the Focus Premium and Focus Core Scanners via the Stream App

After a successful login to your FARO Sphere account the license information is now available to the Stream app, and a new "Flash" scan profile will be added to the Profiles list. Stream will show the offline license expiration date in the profile list. The offline license is renewed each time you log into Sphere.


After activating the license you can use FARO Flash without a connection to Sphere via a temporary offline license (temporary offline token) which will expire after 30 days from your last login to Sphere.


Valid License

Offline Token


If no valid license is detected, a message will be displayed on the Profiles page within the Stream app.

You cannot use FARO Flash if the license is expired or invalid.

License not detected



Using FARO Flash

Performing a Flash Scan is the same as any other scan using Stream. For a Flash scan, be sure to select the Flash Profile from the Profiles screen.

Flash Profile Settings - The Flash scan profile uses a fixed set of scan settings:

  • 1/4  2x scan with 10 sec. pan-axis rotation
  • With PanoCam, 1 Low Noise picture
  • All sensors off (GPS, Inclinometer, Altimeter, Compass)
    • Only a rough value for inclinometer and compass is captured
  • Filter on (Clear Contour and Sky)
  • Distance range Normal

Within the Stream UI, Flash scans are denoted by the FlashScanIcon_30.png icon.

FlashScanIcon.png Flash Scan ScanIconsInStream-Flash.png
StandardScanIcon.png Standard Scan
LastRegisteredScanIcon.png Last Registered Scan


Scan Notifications

Scan Notifications are used to indicate when a scanner can be moved to the next position. This notification can eliminate confusion as to when it is safe to move the scanner. Scan notifications are a general setting and available for all scans.

  1. Navigate to Settings > Scan Notifications.
  2. Choose how you want to be notified. You can select a vibration (if your device supports vibration) or a sound notification.

PanoCam Setup/Calibration

You can start and perform a Panorama Camera Calibration scan from the Profile Settings page.


To colorize a Panoramic Camera scan, you must capture at least one initial Panoramic Camera full system calibration scan with the same Ricoh Theta Z1 camera that is used for the scan project. It is recommended to perform a Panoramic Camera full system calibration scan for all larger projects. Please see more details in the Stream User Manual chapter: Panoramic Camera Calibration.