As reported by Ron Alalouff, the use of LiDAR to detect and track people and objects has the potential to be the next big thing in situational awareness.
Source: IFSEC Global.
LiDAR technology has revolutionized the way we detect and measure the position, size, shape, and dimensions of objects. It is not only limited to making high-resolution maps and 3D models or controlling autonomous vehicles, but it can also be used for people tracking and analytics.
Outsight, a company that specializes in decoding raw data from LiDAR sensors, offers a software that provides actionable information for security and monitoring applications. One of their reference sites is Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, where their 3D smart monitoring system utilizes LiDAR sensors to track crowd and people flows, optimizing passenger journeys through the airport.
While cameras have their place, LiDAR sensors combine data from multiple sensors and track thousands of people in real-time.
“It’s not easy to track thousands of people in real time using just cameras, though that’s what we are doing with the LIDAR sensors at Charles de Gaulle,” says Outsight’s CEO, Raul Bravo. “The sensors are capturing data about where things are, which makes it much easier to combine data from multiple sensors. But there are many things you can’t do with LIDAR, so cameras have their place.”