Laser sensor system could promise 'anonymized' surveillance

June 17, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Laser sensor system could promise 'anonymized' surveillance
3D sensing solutions provider Cepton Technologies (San Jose, CA) has unveiled a "plug and play" 3D Lidar detection system that it says could herald an era of anonymized surveillance that isolates threats from uninvolved people or objects.

The Vista-Edge Perception Evaluation Kit (PEK), says the company, combines the accuracy of lasers to scan the environment with a powerful microcomputer in a single package, enabling it to process the information directly at the "edge" and highlight only potential threats, such as an intruder or a suspicious package. This then guarantees the anonymity of those not involved in any suspicious incident.

"Our technology allows for far greater protection of data - because it allows operators to zero in on possible issues in a way other technology cannot," says Neil Huntingdon, Cepton's VP of Business Development. "There are many advantages to this; most notably Lidar can see in the dark, it only transmits a fraction of the information a video would, reducing the burden of data storage and network bandwidth charges, while opening the door to more mobile installations."

“Perhaps most importantly," says Huntingdon, "it means we can guarantee the anonymity of people or objects not deemed a threat. This is a step-change from existing technology, where everyone's face is captured and held on video storage, regardless of whether they were involved in an incident or not."

In addition to being more dynamic than video technology, says the company, its system has been designed with user simplicity in mind.

"You hand someone a camera and they know what it is and what to do with it," says Jerone Floor, Head Of Product at Cepton. "This is often not the case with a Lidar and Cepton intends to change that."

The company's technology can operate over Wi-Fi, mobile networks, or Ethernet. It can also be used to enable driverless cars and to monitor traffic and infrastructure usage, enabling smarter modeling of transport networks.

"This technology," says Huntingdon, "is undoubtedly an exciting prospect for security and transport - and we believe it is the key to the delivery of truly smart cities that can make our communities safer and more connected."


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