3D Surveillance Explained

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September 2023

March 2023

3D Surveillance Explained

3D surveillance is a technology that uses three-dimensional imaging to monitor an area. Using a combination of technologies creates a “virtual bubble” of security around an area. This technology can detect motion, identify objects and people, and generate notifications when certain activities occur. It can also create a 3D model of a monitored area to track real-time movement and activities. 3D surveillance systems are becoming increasingly popular in commercial and residential settings to improve security and safety.

3D surveillance can detect suspicious activity and provide real-time location monitoring. It combines cameras, sensors, and software to create a 3D map of surroundings and analyzing movements and behavior within a specific area. 3D surveillance can be used for security purposes, such as in banks or airports, or for other purposes, such as monitoring traffic or crowds.

thermal image in the subway from the Leica BLK247
Thermal image in a subway from the Leica BLK247

What are the Benefits of 3D surveillance?

The benefits of 3D surveillance are many and varied:

1.     3D surveillance systems can enhance accuracy and detail when monitoring a designated area. This system can provide real-time data on objects within its field of view, allowing for greater detail and accuracy in monitoring a location.

2.     3D surveillance systems can provide a better view of the environment, allowing for improved recognition and identification of objects in the area.

3.     3D surveillance systems can monitor large areas not easily monitored with traditional methods.

What technologies does 3D surveillance use?

The technologies used in 3D surveillance include thermal imaging, radar imaging, LiDAR, and radio frequency (RF) detection. Thermal imaging detects objects in dark or smoke-filled areas, while radar imaging can detect objects in all weather conditions. LiDAR allows for scanning space in 3D and creating a map. Finally, RF detection can be used to see objects moving at a distance and can also be used to detect the presence of people. All these technologies work together to provide comprehensive 3D surveillance capabilities.

What is Lidar, and how is it used in 3D surveillance?

LiDAR (or Light Detection and Ranging) is a technology that uses laser pulses to measure distances between objects. 3D surveillance applications can detect and track objects in a three-dimensional space. This technology is beneficial for monitoring large areas and providing a detailed 3D scene model. LiDAR can be used for perimeter security, detecting intruders, or creating virtual maps of areas for navigation. It is also used in robotics and autonomous vehicles to help them make decisions in their environment.

NOAA Ocean Exploration & Research liDAR image
NOAA Ocean Exploration & Research liDAR image

How can businesses benefit from the use of 3D surveillance?

State-of-the-art 3D Surveillance solutions can expand your current offering and benefit you and your customers. For example, Hexagon’s intelligent 3D Surveillance system automatically detects physical changes within a space, immediately determines threats versus non-threats, and notifies the relevant personnel accordingly. As a result, the system helps minimize false alarms, lower operating costs, and enhance customer security.

3D surveillance applications

There are numerous applications for 3D surveillance, including public spaces, retail stores, and commercial sites. 3D surveillance can detect movement and distinguish between people, animals, and objects. It can identify potential threats and alert security personnel or law enforcement of suspicious activity. This kind of surveillance can also monitor traffic patterns, analyze customer behavior, and detect unauthorized access. The applications offer a higher level of security than traditional surveillance cameras and are beneficial in areas with limited visibility.

3D Surveillance with Leica BLK247 & CORTROL VMS

Leica Geosystems’ BLK247 intelligent 3D surveillance system features AI-enabled sensors. It is the world’s first 3D sensor combining LiDAR, a video camera, and thermal imaging technology for state-of-the-art security and surveillance. The BLK247 is suited to monitor and protect multiple environments.

The Leica 247 LiDAR Surveillance System
The Leica 247 LiDAR Surveillance System

The BLK247 allows customers to create 3D zones by geofencing areas and applying custom alarm rules. In addition, any number of these devices can be added to a customer’s existing VMS system, providing an enhanced layer of 3D security where previously there was only 2D protection.

Stop by the Ganz booth #5071 at ISC West in Las Vegas March 29-31, 2023, for a live 3D surveillance demo. Enjoy a complimentary exhibit hall registration (saving you up to $150!) by following this link.