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Velodyne joins Qualcomm smart city accelerator program

December 23, 2020

Posted by: Anasia D'mello

Jon Barad of Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne Lidar, Inc announced it has joined the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program to promote using lidar technology in smart city solutions.

By becoming part of the Qualcomm Smart Cities ecosystem, Velodyne will work more closely with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., governments and solution developers to create smart city applications that improve public services and enhance safety and quality of life.

Smart city solutions use Verodyne rider sensors to measure and monitor status in areas such as pedestrian safety, vehicle traffic, parking space management, speed measurement, V2X communications, queue and asset management, and security. can do. Sensors can collect highly accurate and detailed 3D information about people, vehicles, bicycles, public spaces, etc. while maintaining anonymity.

Ashok Tipirneni, head of platform product management for smart cities at Qualcomm Technologies, says, “We are pleased to welcome Velodyne Lidar to the Qualcomm Smart City Accelerator Program and implement a state-of-the-art rider solution for a transparent understanding of the smart environment. With Velodyne Lidar Sensors Comprehensive 3D data will enable members of the smart campus and smart city ecosystem to enhance security measures and streamline operations.”

Until recently, existing camera-based ITS traffic monitoring technologies have been widely used to investigate traffic flow, occupancy, average speed, and spot speed. However, with the introduction of alternative sensors on the market, the weaknesses of the camera-based approach have become apparent. For example, cameras are inferior to use in low light conditions, are prone to illusions, and cannot protect people’s privacy.

Velodyne lidar sensors provide reliable 3D data, enabling superior object detection and tracking under a wide range of illumination and weather conditions. In addition, Velodyne’s sensors do not recognise personal characteristics such as people’s face or skin colour, making them ideal sensors that can meet the needs of local governments without compromising the privacy of citizens. With Velodyne Lidar, smart city applications can enhance safety, social welfare and operational efficiency.

Ashok Tipirneni

Velodyne and Qualcomm Technologies plan to deploy Velodyne sensors on Qualcomm smart campuses to demonstrate in real-time applications the significant value that Velodyne riders bring to smart city applications. Riders are expected to be installed indoors to track people moving in public places.

That data helps Qualcomm Technologies detect traffic and usage patterns, understand facility utilisation, and make adjustments. Velodyne has worked with Infinite Computer Solutions and Automated with Velodyne partner Soul Robotics to develop the application.

“The combination of Velodyne Lidar and Qualcomm Technologies’ edge computing and 5G capabilities creates a powerful asset for developers to turn smart city ideas into effective solutions. In the Qualcomm Smart City Accelerator Program. Participation will help us work with government agencies and solution providers to develop rider-based smart city applications that will transform urban infrastructure and services, “says Velodyne Lidar, vice president of business development, Jon Barad.

Velodyne’s sensors provide a wealth of computer perception data that enables developers, cities, municipalities, government agencies, and businesses to quickly and easily build highly accurate 3D models of any environment. The sensor provides high-resolution images that can accurately measure and analyse the environment. Its superior durability, reliability, power efficiency and versatility make it an ideal solution for demanding smart city applications.

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