Cape Town to deploy lidar on traffic management infrastructure
Cepton, a Silicon Valley-based smart lidar solutions provider, and Fiber Based Integrations, an established fiber optic systems company, are working together to develop lidar-based vehicle detection solutions in Cape Town, South Africa, to enable smart city-wide transport infrastructure.
The aim is to help the City of Cape Town monitor lane usage and identify vehicles using incorrect lanes. Fiber Based Integrations has deployed vehicle classification systems on intersection traffic signals and aerial devices that use Cepton’s Helius Smart Lidar system with Vista-P lidar sensors.
‘) } // –>
‘) } // –>
Many roads in Cape Town have designated bus lanes to ensure efficient public transport, and Fiber Based Integrations’ lidar-enabled systems will enable the city’s technology department to collect highly accurate and timely lane usage data. to enable analyzes that help identify ways to improve traffic flow and safety for motorists and pedestrians.
Using the advanced sensing capabilities of lidar, the systems can provide useful information such as vehicle size, traffic volume, frequency, lane positioning and potential obstacles. Based on this information, system operators can gain valuable insight into how a specific intersection or stretch of road is being used – including types of vehicles not permitted in bus lanes, peak times , real-time lane occupancy status, traffic light waiting times and accident-prone areas.
Josh Goosen, Systems Engineer at Fiber Based Integrations, says, “The reason we chose to deploy lidars in our vehicle detection and classification systems is their superior accuracy. We’ve tested speed cameras and other types of sensors before, and found that they lack the resolution needed to accurately locate and count vehicles and provide accurate 3D information about their size and speed.
“We found the Cepton lidars to be the best performing and most accurate compared to others we tested, and this opened up new possibilities for implementing our smart city solutions with Cape Town.”
Lidar technology is playing an increasingly important role in the smart city sector. It brings a higher level of accuracy and efficiency to existing sensor technologies to help the overall system eliminate sensing errors.
Lidars provide much higher spatial resolution than radar and perform better than cameras in a variety of weather and lighting conditions to provide high-accuracy data 24/7. Lidars also help protect people’s privacy because they do not capture biometric information, making them appropriate in places where cameras could raise privacy concerns. Adding lidars to smart city applications can effectively reduce false negatives and false positives, while making systems more data efficient.
Cepton’s lidars use a patented imaging technology called Micro Motion Technology (MMT) to help system integrators maximize the benefits of lidar technology. The non-rotating, mirrorless, and frictionless CMM design makes Cepton lidars reliable, robust, and compact, which in turn provides ease of integration and affordability for scalable applications.
In solutions deployed by Fiber Based Integrations, Cepton’s Vista-P lidar sensors are interconnected through Helius perception software, creating a network of intelligent lidar sensors to deliver real-time detection, tracking and classification of vehicles and vehicles. pedestrians. This enables a scalable intelligent transport infrastructure that collects and analyzes traffic data from different locations, while helping to optimize its overall bandwidth allocation, as lidars produce only a portion of the data volume from alternatives. based on video cameras.
Fiber Based Integrations and the City of Cape Town are also exploring the use of Cepton lidars to augment the city’s analog and video systems with an additional layer of functionality and performance. The goal is to combine the classification of humans and vehicles, made possible by lidar, with an AI platform to understand how the two interact with the city environment. This will help collect useful information for traffic management and urban planning through machine learning, while minimizing disruption to people’s daily lives.
Klaus Wagner, Director of Product Management and Marketing at Cepton, added: “If our cities are to become smarter, plug and play solutions like the ones we have created with fiber-based integrations must play a vital role. to help them do it.
“Lidar has the ability to make people’s daily lives easier even without them being fully aware of it, and that’s what makes intelligent transportation systems so smart. We look forward to continuing our work with Fiber Based Integrations in our efforts to make Cape Town and other cities in South Africa safer. We also believe that by enabling a higher level of traffic efficiency, we can help cities build a greener environment.