William Muller, Vice President of Business Development at Seoul Robotics explains the power of 3D perception technology.
In the landscape of perimeter security, technology continues to play an increasingly pivotal role in safeguarding our lives, assets, and spaces; but finding effective solutions can be a significant challenge due to long-standing limitations in functionality and reliability. Now, 3D perception technology is ushering in a new era of precision and performance in surveillance.
This technology is gaining traction among both government and private entities for its ability to designate and monitor exclusive zones meticulously and reliably. Its pinpoint accuracy enables organisations to focus their coverage more effectively and efficiently, reducing the need for excessive equipment when monitoring high-priority and sensitive zones.
Offering unprecedented accuracy and reliability, seamless integration with existing systems, and privacy protection, 3D perception is proving to be an invaluable tool for organisations looking to improve their security posture.
One of the most obvious but significant advantages of deploying 3D perception is the ability to capture in-depth information. Traditional 2D cameras rely on a single lens and sensor to create flat images, lacking the capacity to accurately differentiate between objects in the foreground and background. These cameras also offer a limited field of vision. A high-volume of cameras is often needed to effectively cover an area, and these streams are then stitched together across multiple feeds which makes tracking and monitoring an arduous process.
In contrast, 3D sensors like LiDAR can provide long-range detection when equipped with perception technology that uses algorithms to create a three-dimensional map of the designated area. Unlike 2D cameras that produce individual feeds, 3D perception can fuse together data from multiple sensors to create one united visualisation of a space, without blindspots, to provide security personnel with a more comprehensive and precise view of the environment.
This broad vision and depth perception enables unparalleled accuracy in object recognition and tracking across large zones and can detect attempts to breach borders or enter restricted areas, providing early warning to security personnel. The most advanced perception technologies can detect and classify people and objects within an error of four centimeters, a level of detail which would likely go unnoticed by conventional 2D cameras. It is especially valuable for tracking movement in crowded spaces like airport terminals, stadiums, and theme parks where 2D perception struggles with entity distinction and tracking continuity. This enhanced accuracy increases surveillance effectiveness and reduces the occurrence of false alarms, ensuring that security teams can focus their attention on real threats.
For security technology, continuity and compatibility is key. Disrupting existing surveillance systems or replacing them entirely can be costly and complex. However, 3D technology can seamlessly integrate with pre-existing video management systems (VMS) to create a more robust solution.
By providing a layer of 3D data on top of traditional video feeds, the perception technology augments the capabilities of existing VMS solutions for improved object tracking, increased situational awareness, and more efficient responses to security incidents. Moreover, it reduces the burden on security personnel, as the technology automates certain tasks, such as the tracking of intruders or suspicious objects within high interest areas.
The adaptability of 3D perception technology extends beyond integration with VMS. It can also be used in conjunction with other security measures, such as physical access control systems (PACS) and perimeter alarms, creating a holistic security ecosystem. This is especially applicable for deployments in industrial complexes and manufacturing facilities, which are often equipped with 2D cameras to detect unauthorised access. By augmenting, rather than replacing existing systems, 3D perception can work in harmony to protect assets and people more effectively.
In an age where the public is increasingly concerned about invasive surveillance, finding solutions that respect personal privacy is crucial.
3D perception technology offers a distinct advantage in this regard—it cannot collect biometric data. Unlike facial recognition systems or other biometric surveillance methods, 3D perception focuses solely on object detection and tracking, without collecting data that could identify or record personal information.
A major advantage of 3D perception is its reliable performance which has been a frequent shortcoming of camera surveillance systems that are unable to operate in harsh weather conditions or low-light situations. Rain, fog, or darkness can instantly compromise the effectiveness of 2D cameras, leaving vulnerabilities in outdoor perimeter surveillance. In contrast, 3D perception technology can be trained with weather filtering AI to see through these obstructions and maintain high-performance levels in challenging weather and unlit environments.
This consistency is especially crucial in securing critical infrastructure, such as power plants, water treatment facilities, and transportation hubs which are often exposed to the elements. 3D perception technology provides the accuracy and 24/7 reliability needed to detect intruders or unusual activities in these sensitive areas, ensuring the continuity of essential services.
The Future of Security: 3D Perception Leading the Way
3D perception technology represents a significant leap forward in enhancing perimeter security, offering unparalleled accuracy, all-weather performance, and a privacy-friendly alternative to controversial biometric people tracking solutions. The versatility of 3D perception technology is reflected in its wide array of real-world applications enhancing the ability to monitor and respond to security threats.
In the world of advanced security solutions, 3D perception can provide an extra layer of protection and seamlessly integrate with existing surveillance infrastructure–making it a practical choice for organisations looking to upgrade their security measures while minimizing disruption and cost.
Additionally, its adaptability to various environmental conditions ensures safety and security in all settings. As the adoption of 3D technology grows, we can look forward to safer, more secure environments.