Firm promotes use of lidar for social distancing

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Quanergy Systems, a provider of lidar sensors and software, has expanded a range of products the firm says could help support social distancing and help businesses and public services return to normal while keeping people safe.

Quanergy’s Flow Management platform, which combines 3d lidar sensors with perception software, enables the development of social distancing solutions to anonymously and accurately track and analyse the flow of people in real time within retail locations, airports, public venues, commercial and government buildings, and industrial warehouses.

Its Qortex perception software uses lidar data to identify and track individuals throughout an environment without storing any personal privacy information, unlike camera-based systems. It also does not require user opt-in or the sharing of personal data, which Quanergy says provides a more effective social distancing solution than alternatives.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing directives, Quanergy is working with partners to deploy its Flow Management platform, which accurately measures the number, location of – and distance between – people 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. Quanergy’s Flow Management platform also counts people entering and exiting common areas, such as conference rooms, to maintain the desired density of people.

'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,' said Dr Kevin 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.'

Social distancing solutions built upon Quanergy’s Flow Management platform, will soon be available around the world through company partners. For instance:

  • Quantum Labs, based in Australia, has deployed solutions for airports, intersections and high-security facilities that are ideal at providing not only social distance monitoring, but also provide significant enhancements to the ongoing security of the site.
  • iCENT, a 3D lidar-based security and safety platform solution provider in Korea, provides monitoring services through its iSaver technology to predict and prevent human and property damage from safety and security threats at urban and industrial sites and special facilities.
  • CRON Systems, an India-based 3D lidar solutions provider, integrates data from thermal temperature cameras allowing accurate tracking of individuals in a zone and highlighting threat levels.
  • Axone, a French security solution provider, is preparing an offer combining different technologies for people management, including temperature detection with thermal cameras, people counting, people tracking, crowd detection, and analytics.
  • iinside, a US based airport motion analytics company, recently released SafeDistance, to monitor and analyse crowd density in public spaces, such as airports.

'Quanergy delivers the best lidar platform for generating... motion analytics used by some of the best and largest US airports to manage passenger congestion. Faced with new social distancing guidelines, this same technology is now being applied to enhance passenger safety,' said Sam Kamel, President and CEO of iinside.

Quanergy is offering a complimentary loaner/license program to qualified partners and end users.

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