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Smart LiDAR network set to unlock missing layer in surveillance technology at GSX 2019

Combining full 3D data, dimension, location and velocity, ‘Helius’ fills the medium-range gap with the capability to classify objects and behaviours in real-time.

A network of laser powered smart sensors that can automatically link with other types of sensors and activate CCTV cameras to provide multi-dimensional surveillance will be launched at Global Security Exchange (GSX) in Chicago next week.

Cepton Technologies’ Helius™ system utilizes the power and accuracy of laser combined with smart AI driven detection and tracking technologies to build a detailed image of activity in a given area, regardless of lighting conditions.

Aimed at seamless integration into existing security systems, Helius is a smart lidar network utilizing edge computing to offer real-time detection, tracking and classification. The Helius system combines full 3D data, dimension, location and velocity, from multiple smart sensors in different locations to allow for comprehensive coverage and real-time monitoring. Users can create and manage event zones and triggers to activate alarms or other types of sensors for further verification, when potential threats are detected.

Ahead of appearing at the GSX between September 8-12, Cepton’s head of product Jerone Floor said: “Being able to link our smart sensors together in a Helius network provides an unprecedented level of coverage to critical areas.

“Helius adds an additional layer to an existing security system, filling the medium-range gap and augmenting it with the capability to classify objects including human, small animals and vehicles, as well as behaviours such as crawling, crouching and running.”

When operating in tandem, the sensors can be used to analyse the same area from multiple different perspectives, eliminating blind spots and ensuring maximum coverage.

“With our low power requirements and high resolution 3D imaging regardless of lighting conditions, the Helius system creates a new era of multi-dimensional security fit for use in almost any environment,” Jerone introduced.

The Helius system consists of a network of smart lidar units called Vista-Edge™, which combines a lidar sensor with a powerful micro-computer in a single package. Powered by Cepton’s patented Micro-Motion Technology (MMT™) system, the Vista-Edge is rotation free and already front facing, so it can fit into a standard security camera housing.

The micro-computer processes the information directly at the ‘edge’* so it highlights only potential threats. Because data processing is done inside the unit, data transmission is kept to a minimum, using only a few kilobytes where video would require several megabytes of storage.

This means each sensor can be deployed using only basic cellular SIM cards – and with minimal power requirements, wireless installation is possible. 

And because the Helius perception and networking software is browser-based, you can operate the system on mobiles and tablets to maximize user simplicity.