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Blickfeld introduces industry-first functions for on-device pre-processing of LiDAR data

LiDAR manufacturer and perception software provider Blickfeld enables Smart LiDAR functionality on their sensors. This makes Blickfeld sensors the first LiDAR sensors that not only collect detailed 3D data but are also capable of computing and providing enriched information through on-device pre-processing. This pre-processing is an industry first and is accomplished by a high-performance computing chipset integrated into the LiDAR. The first feature introduced by Blickfeld is a pre-processing algorithm that enables motion detection. As a result, Smart LiDARs offer easier, faster, and more cost-effective integration into applications and solutions.

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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 and Vision Plus 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.

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2020 has been quite the ride, but it has taught us to be more reflective and grateful for things we usually take for granted. Even though everything did not go according to plan, we still want to use this opportunity to look back on this year’s events and how Blickfeld made great strides forward.

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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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Blickfeld is pleased to announce that our software library, known as the Blickfeld Scanner Library (BSL), is now available as an open-source project. Timor Knudsen, the Lead of Embedded Software, explains what the Blickfeld Scanner Library is used for, who will benefit from it, and why it is being made available as an open-source project.

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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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