Second generation LiDAR sensor integrates processing software

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By Nick Flaherty

German LiDAR sensor developer Blickfeld has launched an integrated LiDAR laser sensor with integrated processing at the CES 2022 show.

The Munich-based company used the show to launch perception software for its current Cube industrial sensor, and combined this with new hardware to create an integrated smart LiDAR that requires no additional computers, servers, or adaptor boxes, to provide efficient capturing and processing of 3D data in one single unit for the first time. 

The Percept software can be used for functions such as movement-based detection and tracking of objects, object classification and counting, zone occupancy detection, and zone entry detection with integrated alarm generation. This makes Percept suitable for a wide variety of applications, such as crowd analytics, traffic management, smart industry, and security solutions.

The user-friendly interface makes extracting value from 3D data simpler. Users create and deploy projects with the help of a browser-based  setup wizard and directly generate actionable data. No specific know-how in 3D data processing is necessary to develop scalable solutions for a variety of purposes. Percept has already successfully been deployed in customer projects, including a people counting application at Frankfurt airport. 

With the launch of Percept, Blickfeld announced its next generation of LiDAR, Qb2. Embedding the software in the sensor allows it to directly generate comprehensive information in the form of object or event lists. This will make the handling even easier, and allows customers to quickly deploy and operate LiDAR solutions.

The sensor combines Blickfeld’s patented and industry-proven MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) LiDAR hardware technology with a compute module that runs the Percept software stack on device, although the company is not commenting on the processor used for this, or the size of the end sensor. Translating data gathered through LiDAR sensors into actionable information will no longer require an additional network of computing hardware, thus reducing complexity, energy consumption and the costs of implementation and operation drastically. 

“We are very excited to introduce Percept and Qb2 to the global industry at CES 2022 for the first time. They are setting a new benchmark for smart LiDAR solutions and will promote their widespread use. LiDAR perception software brings great value to customers. It enables them to build individual solutions that perfectly match their needs. Qb2 and Percept are real game-changers in the field of smart LiDARs,” said Florian Petit, co-founder and Chief Experience Officer at Blickfeld.

Percept is available immediately. Blickfeld will deliver the first Qb2 prototypes to selected customers in Q3 of 2022.

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