OTTAWA, June 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Neptec Technologies Corp. is pleased to
announce that its OPAL 3D laser scanners have been selected by the Technische Universität Dresden for an airport tarmac safety project in Germany.
The research project, led by Professor Hartmut Fricke, aims to improve
the current safety level of airport operations with a real-time 3D
surveillance and visualization system for the apron controller. The
system combines 3D point cloud data with real-time algorithms to
automatically detect aircraft, vehicles and pedestrians for collision
avoidance, and to alert the apron controller to the presence of Foreign
Object Debris (FOD) to mitigate damage to aircraft. Ground handling
accidents, such as the collision of two aircraft during taxiing, have
been reported to cause millions of dollars in direct and indirect
TU Dresden selected Neptec's OPAL-360 sensor because of its large,
panoramic field of view, longer range options and, in particular, its
non-overlapping scan pattern that avoids creating "blind spots" when
the scanner is stationary compared to conventional 360° laser scanners
designed for autonomous vehicles. Neptec's patented
obscurant-penetrating OPAL technology also solves the problem of
operating a LiDAR-based surveillance system in all types of weather -
including fog, rain and dusty conditions.
The system concept and technology selection rational were recently
presented at the International Conference on Research in Air
Transportation (ICRAT 2014) in Istanbul, Turkey.
"We are thrilled to have been selected by the TU Dresden for this
project," said Mike Dunbar, Director of Business Development for Neptec
Technologies. "This is another validation of our objective to make it
easy to deploy intelligent 3D applications that can operate in all
kinds of harsh environments and that improve the safety and
productivity of our customers' operations."
About Neptec Technologies Corp.
Neptec Technologies Corp. develops innovative 3D robot vision products
for machine automation and robotics applications in harsh
environments. The company was founded in 2011 to commercialize
space-technologies developed by Neptec Design Group Ltd., an
award-winning space flight technology company and NASA prime
contractor. Its first products are a family of obscurant-penetrating
laser scanners (OPAL) and a software development tool kit (3DRi) with
advanced features such as automatic change detection and object
recognition and tracking. Together, these out-of-the-box "building
blocks" make it easy to integrate intelligent real-time machine vision
applications on autonomous off-road vehicles, and for more familiar
LiDAR-based survey and measurement tasks in harsh environments. The
company is located in Kanata, Ontario, Canada.
For more information, visit www.neptectechnologies.com.
SOURCE: Neptec Technologies Corp.
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