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Lidar deployed to count South Korean tourists

11 August 2021
The lidar will be used to gather information on tourist activity at Sinji Myeongsasimni Beach in South Korea. Source: Quanergy

A lidar system has been deployed at one of the most famous tourist destinations in South Korea to track how many people visit the location.

Quanergy Systems Inc.’s M-series lidar sensors are being paired with Qortex DTC perception software at major entry points at the Sinji Myeongsasimni Beach in Wando, South Korea. Lidar is increasingly becoming a way to enable applications in smart cities and people counting is one way the technology could be used to monitor how many people visit areas to help control crowds or place emergency services in these locations to meet demand.

Installed at each entry point of the beach, the lidar features a 200 meter range and is installed to track a radius of 70 meters at each entry point. This provides a 4 kilometer area of people counting where the data is integrated with the iSaver analytics platform from iCent to interpret the collected data on a dashboard.

The data can then provide an accurate count of beach visitors to drive South Korea’s tourism strategy and budget planning.

“The lidar solution replaced a camera-based system that did not provide the accuracy and granularity made possible with lidar-based people counting,” said Gil-Soo Seo, tourism division manager for Wando city. “This new installation helped us eliminate the previous camera-based data collection errors and gather real-time data and new insights systematically to optimize beach operations and keep our tourists safe.”

Unlike cameras, lidar also can protect individual privacy by providing anonymous people tracking that does not store or capture any personally identifying information.

Quanergy said the lidar can also help in providing more reliable accident prevention with 24/7 monitoring in any lighting or weather condition. This is particularly helpful to monitor when people enter the area after normal operating hours when no lifeguards are present.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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