1:25 AM, March 1, 2024

Laser-powered sensor to open up ‘anonymised’ security era

| The European |

A sensor that uses an array of lasers to detect objects, people and vehicles could change the game of anonymised surveillance that isolates threats from uninvolved people or objects.

Cepton Technologies 3D Lidar detection system, the Vista-Edgeä Perception Evaluation Kit (PEK), combines the accuracy of lasers to scan the environment in much the same way a radar does, but at a much higher resolution, building an image of the world around it regardless of lighting conditions.

The device will be presented to the public at the IFSEC International in London’s ExCeL this June 20, where interested buyers can have a look up close. The device is able to combine the sensor with a powerful micro-computer in a single package that it can process the information directly at the “edge” and highlight only potential threats, such as an intruder or a suspicious package. This guarantees the anonymity of those not involved in any suspicious incident.

Neil, Cepton’s VP of Business Development, said: “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. Perhaps most importantly 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, the 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. This is often not the case with a Lidar and Cepton intends to change that.” said Jerone Floor, Head Of Product at Cepton.

Cepton’s technology, which can operate over Wi-Fi, mobile networks or Ethernet, can also be used to enable driverless cars and to monitor traffic and infrastructure usage, enabling smarter modelling of transport networks.

Neil added: “This technology 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.”

Catch Cepton Technologies at the IFSEC 2019 at Excel (booth 1316).

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