June 3-5, 2020 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

Smart Cities

May 21 2019
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Smart Cities

Track Name: AEC Next
Session Date: May 21 2019 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Session Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW

3:50pm - 4:10pm Smart Cities, Factories, and Security Systems: LiDAR Applications Beyond Self-Driving Cars

While LiDAR is best known for it’s role in helping self-driving cars “see” the world around them, the 3D sensing technology has a number of novel applications that have yet to be explored. One new and far-reaching application of using 3D- LiDAR sensors is in smart cities. As more people move into smaller metropolitan areas, it will be more critical than ever to use smart technology and creative design to make these cities function in the best way possible. This is where LiDAR can lend a hand. Roadside LiDAR sensors can be used to monitor driver and pedestrian safety as well as traffic flow in real time. This has major impact for economic development, traffic congestion, infrastructure planning, and city air quality. Unlike cameras, the use of LiDAR sensors allows for the complete capture of pedestrian and vehicle flows while fully protecting identities as the system converts position information to anonymous 3D point cloud data. This enables cities to gain a holistic view of traffic and pedestrian flow without the privacy concerns that arise with other forms of tracking and data collection. Industrial automation is another application of LiDAR with the potential to make a huge impact. Warehouses and distribution centers use LiDAR sensors’ 3D vision for collision avoidance and the dimensioning of objects, enabling a rapid, automated flow of goods. Use of LiDAR decreases the amount of time spent controlling the robotic system and provides vehicles with a greater perception of their surroundings. While the size, weight, and cost of mechanical LiDAR has posed a challenge for successful ground vehicle and mobile robot integration, recent breakthroughs in solid-state LiDAR technology, however, have made the sensors lighter, more aerodynamic, and much cheaper to purchase and maintain, rendering LiDAR an attractive tool to bring sight to these machines. Finally, LiDAR has wide reaching applications in security. For example, AI software enables the use of LiDAR for perimeter fencing and intrusion detection. LiDAR can classify and track a human body, based on its unique surface profile curvature, to monitor a person’s movement near a virtual fence. The sensors and software paired with a pan-tilt-zoom camera provide an optimized and integrated security system. Louay is the CEO and co-founder of Quanergy Systems, which makes high performing, reliable, low-cost LiDAR sensors. Louay has been developing and refining this technology for over 25 years, and is by far the most knowledgeable expert in the field. As a speaker, Louay would bring a fresh perspective to the technology and its many diverse applications across a variety of industries. He would also bring a fascinating perspective to panels exploring a number of industries– including security, transportation, and mapping– where he could speak to the way that LiDAR will impact them all. Louay holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Optoelectronics, all from Columbia University, and holds 36 patents, with 35 other patents pending.


Louay Eldada

Quanergy Systems Inc.

4:10pm - 4:30pm Mapping the Future of Smart Cities

Continental Mapping will share its work mapping for smart city applications through its work in 5G, infrastructure and autonomous vehicles. We will define challenges faced when planning decisions are made in a vacuum and show the importance of big picture planning when building out smart city components. The presentation will show real examples of how stakeholders can make cost saving decisions through collaboration and maximizing available data. As we drive to a more connected future the architecture, engineering and construction industry will be transformed through the need for deeper collaboration and big picture thinking. Continental mapping will show how empowerment through data will be the linchpin that holds everything together for truly successful smart cities.


John Sullivan

Continental Mapping

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