Outsight’s 3D Semantic Camera, enabled by Velodyne’s lidar sensors, providing situational understanding of an airport
Outsight’s 3D Semantic Camera, enabled by Velodyne’s lidar sensors, providing situational understanding of an airport. Supplied

Smart city crowd monitor Outsight inks deal with Velodyne Lidar

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Smart city monitoring service provider Outsight has inked a multi-year deal with Velodyne Lidar to use its sensing technology in 3D cameras used to monitor crowded environments such as shopping centres and airports.

According to a statement on Velodyne’s website, its lidar sensors will be used in Outsight’s 3D semantic camera solution in a way that ensures anonymity of those being monitored.

The data collected using Velodyne lidar technology will be merged with RGB colour data captured by Outsight’s 3D cameras, and process by an embedded AI unit to create a “premises-wide, detailed situational understanding” of crowded public areas to assist with pedestrian flow.

Outsight’s 3D camera solution is already being used in France’s Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, where it is used in the baggage claim zone in its International Terminal 2E to improve operations and security.

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Source: Velodyne Lidar

Outsight said in a statement regarding its services being used at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport that anonymity is ensured by its “Edge Privacy” system in which the video stream, and the calculations which are derived from it, are kept solely on the device and not transmitted to other networks.

“Velodyne’s lidar sensors play an essential role in helping our platform capture, process and understand congested environments so operators can work to increase operational efficiency and security,” said Cedric Hutchings, CEO of Outsight in a statement.

“The Velodyne lidar sensors allow us to track each individual person and object with centimeter-level precision. They enable our solutions to precisely monitor movements, velocity and interactions between all persons and objects in real time.”

Jon Barad, VP of business development for Velodyne Lidar says the use of the company’s lidar technology in Outsight’s crowd monitoring solutions enables managers of public spaces to move away from traditional security measures.

“Outsight uses Velodyne’s lidar technology to bring a totally new approach to real-time situational awareness on what’s happening in busy spaces, such as airports,” said Barad in a statement.

“Their system helps organizations move away from traditional surveillance to create a more intelligent infrastructure that tracks people and objects in a more reliable way.”

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Bridie Schmidt

Bridie Schmidt specialises in writing about new technology and how it can help solve the problems of carbon emissions and climate change. With a degree in Communications from Macquarie University, and 20 years experience in front end web development, she has freelanced as a web and graphic designer since 2001. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. You can email Bridie at [email protected].

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