Blickfeld Launches Next Generation Lidar Hardware, Software


January 3, 2022

Munich, Germany-based Blickfeld, a startup developing high performance and mass-producible lidar sensing technology, has announced the launch of its perception software, Percept, along with a new all-in-one smart lidar system, the Qb2. The company said it plans to demonstrate the new products at this week’s CES 2022 event in Las Vegas.

Designed for Blickfeld’s Cube sensor range, the Percept software includes features such as movement-based detection and tracking of objects, object classification and counting, zone occupancy detection, and zone entry detection with integrated alarm generation. The company said Percept is suitable for several applications, including crowd analytics, traffic management, smart industry, and security offerings.

The company also announced its Qb2, the next generation of lidar that combines software and hardware into a single device. Qb2 is an integrated smart lidar system that requires no additional computers, servers or adaptor boxes, providing efficient capturing and processing of 3D data into a single unit.

Blickfeld Qb2 200pxThe new device combines Blickfeld’s microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) lidar hardware technology with a powerful compute module, which runs the Percept software stack on device. Blickfeld said translating data gathered through lidar sensors into actionable information will no longer require an additional network of computing hardware, reducing complexity, energy consumption and the costs of implementation and operation.

“We are very excited to introduce Percept and Qb2 to the global industry at CES 2022 for the first time,” said Florian Petit, co-founder and chief experience officer at Blickfeld. “They are setting a new benchmark for smart lidar solutions and will promote their widespread use. Lidar perception software brings great value to customers. It enables them to build individual solutions that perfectly match their needs. Qb2 and Percept are real game-changers in the field of smart lidars.”

With a user-friendly interface, the Percept software lets users create and deploy projects with the help of a browser-based setup wizard, in order to directly generate actionable data. Blickfeld said no specific knowledge in 3D data processing is necessary to develop scalable solutions. THe company said Percept has been successfully deployed in customer projects, including a people-counting application at the Frankfurt, Germany, airport.

The Percept software is available now – Blickfeld said Qb2 will deliver the first prototypes to selected customers in Q3 2022. For more details on the company and its technology, visit the Blickfeld website here.

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