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Sensor technology counts trade show visitors for Corona guidelines compliance while protecting personal data

Sensors from LiDAR manufacturer Blickfeld will be in use at several locations during the International Motor Show (IAA) in Munich. Visitor counting specialist EvoCount is using the Munich-based company’s technology to count trade show visitors in the exhibition area in downtown Munich. The technology not only ensures adherence to Corona regulations but also protection of the attendees’ health. LiDAR sensors, as offered by Blickfeld, are particularly suitable for this purpose because they capture 3D data without color information. This allows people to be detected but not identified, making the application compliant with data protection regulations. In addition, the technology reliably records data under all lighting conditions and is tamper-proof.

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A conversation with Grégory Poillion, Vice President Automotive Sales and Business Development

Grégory Poillion joined the Blickfeld management team as Vice President Automotive Sales and Business Development in June, bringing impressive automotive market expertise into the company. In this chat, he talks about his vision of an autonomous future, the Blickfeld spirit and what important learnings are going to help him shape Blickfeld’s automotive business further.

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Blickfeld supports the Elbflorace team of the TU Dresden with LiDAR sensors

For the last 15 years, the Elbflorace team from TU Dresden has successfully built race cars to participate in Formula Student competitions. This year, for the first time, Blickfeld Cube 1 LiDAR sensors are also part of the project. The team has continually evolved its technology over the years: in 2010, the first car with an electric drive was introduced, and since 2018 they have been fielding autonomous race cars as well. This year, the car can compete in both disciplines as their vehicle can operate autonomously (or with a driver) while using an electric drive.

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3D data optimize passenger logistics and enable the prediction of passenger traffic

LiDAR sensors and perception software provider Blickfeld announces the implementation of a first project phase of a people counting application at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). Blickfeld is implementing the detection and analysis of passenger volumes and movements in the check-in hall A of Terminal 1 for Fraport AG in collaboration with evaluation expert Sensalytics. For the first time, passenger flows can be recorded anonymously over a large area using Blickfeld’s powerful and precise LiDAR sensors, combined with the counting and tracking software. In the future, this could help optimize passenger logistics and enable short-term prediction of passenger volumes.

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A conversation with Christian Waizenegger, Vice President Sales and Business Development

Christian Waizenegger joined the Blickfeld management team as VP of Sales and Business Development in February. In this chat, he tells us what fascinates him about the Blickfeld technology, what a typical day at Blickfeld looks like, and what he plans for his team.

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Vision Mini, Vision Plus and the MEMS Scanning Module 118 form the automotive product suite

LiDAR manufacturer Blickfeld will unveil its automotive LiDAR products for the first time at digital CES 2021. After commercially launching the industrial LiDAR “Cube 1” in 2020, the Munich-based company is now presenting its automotive LiDAR suite consisting of a mid-range as well as a long-range sensor. Blickfeld is also introducing its MEMS Scanning Module 118 as a product.

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Blickfeld tackles this question together with nine other partners in the “VIVALDI” research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Countless test driving kilometers are required to make automated vehicles as safe as possible. This takes place both on the road and virtually in simulations. VIVALDI aims to develop virtual test methods to increase reliability.

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“The LiDAR revolution is coming” – Cedric Engels alias Dr. Whatson is convinced of this. In a detailed educational video about LiDAR sensors and Blickfeld, Dr. Watson comprehensively explains the sensor concept in autonomous driving, goes deep into LiDAR technology, and gives an overview of the entire LiDAR market.

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Blickfeld participates in the research project “IN2Lab” led by the Ingolstadt University of Technology

LiDAR manufacturer Blickfeld is a project partner in the IN2Lab research project, led by Ingolstadt University of Technology (THI) and funded by the Bavarian Collaborative Research Programme (BayVFP). The three-year research project aims to develop a safety system that enables the testing of automated driving functions in the real-life environment.

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A conversation with new COO and Managing Director, Terje Noevig

Blickfeld is continuously growing – and so is the Blickfeld management team. Since July 2020, Terje Noevig, as COO and Managing Director, has been driving the next phase of its development towards industrialization while also heading the automotive business. To offer some insights into his career and life, Terje gave a short interview.

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Three months ago, most of our team members exchanged their office desk for their kitchen table and began working from home while we put extensive measures in the office into place to help slow down the spread of Covid-19. Our IT worked around the clock to make sure that everyone was set up at home to work the best they could under these new circumstances. And while we learned that large parts of the work we do at Blickfeld, with a few exceptions, can be handled from home, we are looking forward to slowly, and carefully, move back into the office.

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The coffee machine is standing still, but the Blickfeld team keeps pushing forward.

These are truly extraordinary times. We at Blickfeld have also been contemplating the current situation and have taken measures to protect our employees as best we can while also helping to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus. But how is this feasible for a company that not only has departments such as software, sales, HR and marketing teams at a central location, but also tests, calibrates and develops products in the very same office space? How can we fulfil our social responsibility in these extraordinary times, while at the same time ensuring our operations?

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