Video facial recognition seemed to be the only way to address security issues during large events, until LiDAR joined the party.
On March 23, 2023 the French National Assembly passed the Olympic bill, authorizing the use of algorithms to process images recorded by cameras or drones.
Even before it was voted, civil rights advocates expressed serious concerns about the protection of privacy when using videos, as well as the processes that AI could use to identify and highlight supposedly "suspicious" behavior. Those concerns are definitely legitimate as we may be facing risks of abuse.
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Originally designed for the autonomous vehicle market, the applications of LiDAR technology are now diversifying.
And unlike traditional imaging technologies like cameras or radar, its effectiveness is not impacted by weather or lighting conditions.
If you also take into consideration its ability to analyze multiple elements simultaneously in real time, LiDAR technology is particularly relevant to address flow analysis and security issues within Smart Cities and Smart Infrastructures (such as Airports, Train Stations, Stadiums...)
All of these features can be combined within proper LiDAR based software solutions’, unlocking LiDAR's full ability to provide real-time information in populated areas and sensitive sites.
Since people and objects are only perceived as "point clouds" in the sensor's point of view, LiDAR technology does not require face identification tools or image processing software to monitor a specific location.
This commitment to privacy is also reflected in the data transmission.
Using a real-time Edge computing solution for data collection and processing not only increases security, but also naturally reduces the need for external data transmission. In addition, the processed data consumes only 1% of the original bandwidth, minimizing the strain on local and wide area network transmission.
Major events such as the Olympic Games are an ideal opportunity to modernize cities and infrastructures' monitoring systems to optimize safety and operation efficiency, on different level.
Apart from large-scale renovation projects, upgrading infrastructure remains expensive. The 2024 Olympics are therefore a perfect exemple of opportunity to integrate advanced technologies throughout Smart Cities, beyond traditional surveillance devices such as cameras.
As an example, take a look at how airports are already deploying them:
By adopting this type of technology, Smart Cities Operators are not only demonstrating the comprehension of their operational needs, but also position themselves as key players in supporting advanced solutions designed to increase user's safety while guaranteeing the respect of their privacy.
We believe that accelerating the adoption of LiDAR technology through simple and scalable software solutions will significantly contribute to a smarter, safer and more sustainable urban environment.
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