Cisco, Quanergy partner to advance smart transportation

Cisco, Quanergy partner to advance smart transportation

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By Rich Pell

Cisco’s Smart City Connected Roadway solution, which is based on the company’s Kinetic IoT operations platform, links people, processes, data and connected devices to create an intelligent network infrastructure that allows cities to use data analytics to gain new insights and make more informed decisions. Now, say the companies, it will also integrate Quanergy’s LiDAR sensors and Qortex perception software to create IoT solutions for smart transportation.

As a demonstration, the companies implemented a connected roadway experience solution in Las Vegas that focuses on pedestrian safety. The initial project, located at an intersection in downtown Las Vegas, uses Quanergy’s M8 LiDAR sensor to track the flow of pedestrians and, planned in the future, it will also track cars and buses.

In addition to pedestrian safety, the companies plan to deploy a number of other proof-of-concept demonstrations in developmental stages throughout the country. These include vehicle counting, vehicle queue length detection, road worker safety, and wrong-way driver.

“Las Vegas is a highly trafficked city, especially for pedestrians, so we are constantly working to implement innovative technologies to better understand and manage the flow of vehicles and people,” says Michael Lee Sherwood, Director of Information Technologies for the City of Las Vegas. “With the insights gained from Quanergy’s integration with Cisco’s Smart City Connected Roadway efforts, we’ve already seen the significant advantage that greater sensing and perception capabilities can have on the transportation systems that are integral to any thriving city.”

According to Quanergy, it is the only LiDAR manufacturer to provide both LiDAR sensor hardware and perception software – a combination that allows machines to both sense and perceive their surroundings. As a result, says the company, it allows such machines to not only detect and classify objects, but also analyze the data to help make informed decisions in real time.

“The goal of the Cisco Connected Roadway solution is to harness the power of technology and edge computing to promote faster data analysis and communication amongst vehicles, drivers, lighting and connected signage to help keep pedestrians, drivers and road workers safe,” says Alison Gleeson, Senior Vice President of the Americas, Cisco. “Quanergy’s LiDAR sensors and software provide unprecedented levels of awareness on the road, and will be a highly valuable asset to the project moving forward.”

For more information on Cisco’s Smart City connected roadway solutions, see the company’s web page on Smart Connected Communities.


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