Flasheye overview: using Lidar simulations and virtual environments

for improved real-time monitoring

Oskars Pirags, Business Development Director, ALTAS IT: "Given that LiDAR technology is new to the ALTAS IT portfolio, we need to start with what it actually means. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a sensor that integrates a laser, GPS positioning and a measuring device. LiDAR technology is becoming increasingly popular nowadays and is one of the most useful and versatile technologies available. At the moment, the security industry is dominated by CCTV systems, but in the coming years LiDAR solutions will take over CCTV camera technology, as detection is more accurate, more extensive and, in addition, less equipment is used.

Until now, we have been used to LiDAR being used only in the security domain - for perimeter and perimeter surveillance to increase the security level of facilities. However, it can be used in almost any sector, from smart cars and robots to logistics, construction and agriculture. Smart cities and everything related to them, such as intelligent transport systems (traffic monitoring and car tracking), traffic and pedestrian monitoring, security management, urban planning, etc., are becoming increasingly popular worldwide and it is clear that LiDAR will play a huge role in their future growth and development.   

A great example of how LiDAR technology can be used: a company is interested in the amount of icicles and the level of snow on roofs in winter. By installing such equipment - over a wide area - it will be possible to monitor the amount of ice and snow to avoid dangerous situations and protect the people around them as well as the buildings themselves. As I mentioned earlier, LiDAR technology can be used in many areas. Mapping is one of the oldest applications, used in forestry, agriculture and even urban planning. It is therefore necessary to look beyond the security sector.