If you have ever spent any time researching laser scanning, you have probably come across the ubiquitous argument about which laser scanner is best. This one for short-range, that for long, this is the fastest, the cheapest, the best bang for your buck, and then, in amongst all of that, there are the diehards, the brand champions, it is their brand or nothing, and then those that embrace diversity, if it does the job, they are happy, however and despite the opinions of one and all, they are all just data taxis, nothing more, but there is a catch.The use of laser scanning and other mass data collection technologies has become common place across what now appears an endless list of markets. There is a burgeoning list of manufacturers that are wanting a piece of the enormous "reality capture" or "digital twin" pie in which, laser scanning and point cloud data play a massive role. Omnipresent with these manufacturers, comes the logical desire to retain end-users within their own ecosystem. Manufacturers often provide complete hardware, and software solutions and have developed their own proprietary formats for storing and processing point cloud data. Commonly, these software solutions and proprietary formats do not necessarily play well with others and can be difficult for users to break free of, once committed.