3D LiDAR solution helps enforce social distancing

3D LiDAR solution helps enforce social distancing

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By Rich Pell

Combining state-of-the-art 3D LiDAR sensors with perception software, the expanded Flow Management Platform, says the company, enables the development of sophisticated social distancing solutions to anonymously and accurately track and analyze the flow of people in real time within retail locations, airports, public venues, commercial and government buildings, and industrial warehouses. The expanded solutions are designed to assist businesses and public entities around the world in returning to work while keeping people safe.

“In order for communities and cities to re-open and for the public to feel safe re-entering society, there must be a way to responsibly enforce social distancing,” says Dr. Kevin J. Kennedy, Chairman and CEO of Quanergy. “We believe LiDAR can play a key role in accelerating our return to work and restarting our economy. Quanergy is working closely with our current and new global partners to deploy solutions to instill confidence for businesses and the public in returning to our lives outside our homes.”

The LiDAR-based solution uses light to locate and identify objects with a high degree of accuracy in any lighting conditions. The company’s QORTEX Perception Software uses LiDAR data to identify and track individuals throughout an environment without compromising or storing any personal privacy information, unlike camera-based systems. It also does not require user opt-in or the sharing of personal data, says the company, thus providing a far more effective social distancing solution than alternatives.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing directives, the company says it is working with partners to deploy its Flow Management Platform – which accurately measures the location of and distance between people, as well as the number of people in a given location – to prevent overcrowding. When the distance between individuals is less than the allowed social distance, or the number of people in an area exceeds a given limit, an alert is issued and personnel may be dispatched.

When combined with technology such as thermal cameras, the platform identifies individuals with high body temperatures, helping curb the spread of the virus. The platform also accurately counts people entering and exiting common areas, such as conference rooms, to maintain the desired density of people.

The following examples, says the company, demonstrate the power of its platform as a critical tool to enforce social distancing:

  • Businesses – Control the maximum number of people in common areas such as conference rooms and break rooms, and maintain social distancing.
  • Distribution centers – Guarantee goods delivery while protecting the safety of employees.
  • Factories – Restart production by ensuring all employees are not exhibiting signs of the virus before entering facilities, including conducting employee temperature checks.
  • Train, Metro stations – Avoid long-queues by replacing turnstiles with contact-less solutions that can accurately keep count of the number of people entering and exiting a station.
  • Buses, trains – Ensure safety on public transit during high-traffic commute hours by tracking and reporting maximum people count.
  • Retail, airports, public offices – Reduce wait-time in security lines and automatically dispatch cleaning services to specific areas.

As part of its commitment to facilitate a safe return to the work place, the company says is offering a complimentary loaner/license program to qualified partners and end users.

Quanergy Systems

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