- Blickfeld announces the delivery of its Qb2 LiDAR sensor, the industry’s first Smart LiDAR sensor, providing the software stack and WiFi connectivity in one device.
- Qb2 provides a turn-key experience for fast and simple deployment with minimal investment.
- The integrated compute module allows Blickfeld Percept software stack to run on the device providing data for volume monitoring purposes, crowd analytics and smart infrastructure.
- WiFi on the device removes the need for additional network cabling and drastically simplifies installation and operation.
- Compared to Blickfeld’s model Cube 1, Qb2 offers performance gains in field-of-view, detection range, resolution and accuracy.
Blickfeld, the Munich-based manufacturer of break-through LiDAR sensor solutions creating innovative hardware and software, is launching the delivery of its Qb2 device to customers and partners, following its concept announcement at CES 2022.
Qb2 is based on Blickfeld’s proprietary solid-state software-defined LiDAR technology, and, as an industry first, enables the capturing and processing of data on a single device, removing the need for additional computers and bringing faster insights, improved response times and better bandwidth availability via edge computing. Companies benefit from high efficiency gains through enriched, actionable real-time 3D data for example in the areas of volume monitoring of bulk materials, crowd analytics, and smart infrastructure, automatically fed into their IT systems like the ERP or the cloud. Furthermore, installation and maintenance costs are kept low due to the on-device WiFi connectivity. Qb2 offers improved functionalities and performance parameters like enhanced adaptable field of view (FoV), detection range and scan pattern, plus higher resolution, accuracy and an IP67 rating.
How companies benefit from Qb2
The Qb2 provides real-time insights allowing companies to plan better and make data-driven decisions. The technology makes the digital supply chain a reality, taking traditional, analogue industries into the digital future and improving their market position. Due to its anonymous data collection capabilities, LiDAR data can be used to gain valuable insights in public spaces like shopping centres, airports and train stations.
Multiple fields of application
Using Blickfeld’s Percept software, the Smart LiDAR solves complex challenges in a variety of applications. For those looking to source volume monitoring data, for example, the mining, agricultural, or construction industries, Qb2 empowers on-demand, remote and precise monitoring and management of inventory across multiple locations as well as the optimization and digitalization of the value chain. Where Blickfeld’s LiDAR Cube 1 has already revolutionised stockpile monitoring processes for leading companies, Qb2 will provide companies with an even more powerful, versatile and cost-efficient solution.
Furthermore, in the multifaceted areas of crowd analytics and Smart Infrastructure, Qb2 provides crowd analytics capabilities within retail and public spaces such as city centres, shopping malls, airports and train stations. By using LiDAR to anonymously track crowds and analyse people or traffic flow data, businesses will be able to improve customer satisfaction and experience, and increase operational efficiency.
Dr. Florian Petit, co-founder of Blickfeld comments: “Launching our world-first smart LiDAR device is a major milestone as the device will revolutionise the IoT sector and we are incredibly excited about the opportunities it will provide industries and end-customers alike. We look forward to working with our customers to bring them a sustainable solution that will ultimately make their operations more efficient and cost-effective.”