Quanergy and Cisco collaborating on lidar-based ITS for smart city projects


Quanergy, a leading provider of solid state lidar sensors and smart sensing systems, is collaborating with Cisco to create IoT (Internet of Things) solutions for smart transportation.

The smart city collaboration will help further Cisco’s Connected Roadway efforts, with Quanergy’s world-class lidar sensors and Qortex perception software integrated with Cisco’s advanced networking capabilities. Cisco’s Connected Roadway systems, powered by the company’s Kinetic IoT data management platform, links people, processes, data and connected devices to create an intelligent network infrastructure that allows cities to use data analytics to gain new insights and make more informed decisions.

It can help make streets and highways safer and more efficient for both motorists and pedestrians. Quanergy’s lidar sensors and software will integrate with the Cisco Kinetic platform. By working together, Quanergy and Cisco are aiming to advance intelligent transportation systems (ITS) that examine how cities can improve driver and pedestrian safety, as well as traffic flow.

Quanergy and Cisco have implemented a connected roadway system in the city of Las Vegas that focuses on pedestrian safety. The initial intersection is located on E Clark Avenue between second and third Streets and uses Quanergy’s M8 lidar sensor to track the flow of pedestrians and, in the future, it will also track cars and buses. Footage from the intersection has been streamed live at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018). In addition to pedestrian safety, Quanergy and Cisco have a number of other proof-of-concept deployments, including vehicle counting, vehicle queue length detection, road worker safety, and wrong way driver warnings, in developmental stages throughout the country.

Quanergy’s lidar units use lasers to sense the size and location of objects to create a detailed 3D map of the physical world that is refreshed many times per second. The system cannot only detect and classify objects, but also analyze the data with Qortex, Quanergy’s recently-introduced perception software, to help make informed decisions in real time.

“Las Vegas is a highly trafficked city, especially for pedestrians, so we are constantly working to implement innovative technologies to better understand and manage the flow of vehicles and people,” said Michael Lee Sherwood, director of IT for the City of Las Vegas.

“With the insights gained from Quanergy’s integration with Cisco’s Smart City Connected Roadway efforts, we’ve already seen the significant advantage that greater sensing and perception capabilities can have on the transportation systems that are integral to any thriving city.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).