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Managing Social Distancing at Airport with Lidar

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Managing Social Distancing with Lidar

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) has launched a pilot programme that uses innovative technology for managing social distancing at security checkpoints.

From an article in Airport World by Joe Bates.

The project uses Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology and sophisticated software from partner CrowdVision to monitor, analyse and report on physical distancing at the airport’s B security checkpoint.

The system notifies customers when social distancing is adequate and encourages greater physical separation if needed. If passengers are too close together for too long a period of time, the system presents a reminder of social distancing guidelines.

BWI believes that it is among the first global airports to use LiDAR to monitor and report on security wait-times to help improve the passenger experience. LiDAR is the same laser-mapping technology used in autonomous vehicles.

he technology, it notes, uses safe, invisible pulsated laser light to detect objects, both in motion and at rest. Wait-time information produced from the system has been displayed at the airport’s four security checkpoints and the BWI Marshall website since 2019.

“The use of LiDAR technology to promote social distancing helps keep our customers safe and gives them comfort and confidence as they travel through BWI Marshall,” enthused Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) secretary, Greg Slater.

“This innovative system is another way we’re focusing on the health and safety of the public, our partners and our MDOT team.”

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