Media Coverage
Velodyne Executive Discusses Lidar Solutions for Airport Operations
Aug 10, 2022 | By Velodyne Lidar

In an Airport Technology story, Jasleen Mann interviewed Laura Wrisley, our Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, on how lidar sensor technology can improve airport operations.

Lidar for airport operations

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The article quotes Laura discussing how lidar can help airports address challenges they face, saying:

“Lidar technology can enhance many aspects of airport operations. Airports present a complex ecosystem where precise technology can bring great value for safety and efficiency, from terminal facilities with crowd monitoring and baggage transport to equipment and cargo movement to aircraft traffic and maintenance.”

The story walks through three airport applications well-suited for lidar solutions. They are crowd management, baggage transport and outdoor monitoring.

Autonomous Cargo and Baggage Services

It takes a close look at baggage transport, citing Automated with Velodyne partner ThorDrive.

ThorDrive uses our Ultra Puck™ sensors to power its autonomous cargo and baggage ground support tractors. For example, ThorDrive tractors are deployed in a groundbreaking autonomous vehicle program at the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

How Lidar Differs from Cameras

In the article, Laura reviews the advantages lidar brings to airport applications over camera technology, saying:

“Many crowd and outdoor monitoring technologies for airports leverage cameras. Unlike cameras, lidar sensors create a high-resolution 3D map of the surrounding environment and can “see” up to 300 meters on all sides with accuracy within a few centimeters. This enables facility managers to view a complete picture of an entire airport environment in real time.”

The article also cites how lidar “generates a clearer image at longer ranges, in a wide variety of weather and environmental conditions, 24/7” and protects privacy, helping preserve public trust.

Airport Applications Enabled by Velodyne’s Sensors

For more information on how Velodyne sensors enable airport solutions, contact Velodyne Sales: 669.275.2526, [email protected].

About Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne Lidar (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW) ushered in a new era of autonomous technology with the invention of real-time surround view lidar sensors. Velodyne, a global leader in lidar, is known for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies. Velodyne’s revolutionary sensor and software solutions provide flexibility, quality and performance to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, including robotics, industrial, intelligent infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Through continuous innovation, Velodyne strives to transform lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all.

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