Quanergy, the leading provider of LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions, is delighted to announce their Q-Guard has been nominated to compete in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.
Q-Guard is a next-generation security solution powered by LiDAR sensor technology.
It is the most complete and intelligent 3D perimeter fencing and intrusion detection system available, enabling detection of humans, vehicles and other objects in 3D and in real-time, over both small and large spaces.
Given the importance of critical infrastructure for a country’s security and prosperity against the backdrop of increasingly diverse physical and cyber threats from terrorist groups, the United Nations Security Council recently underlined the need for international collaboration – both domestically and across borders – to ensure their protection.
What is LiDAR
The LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology at the helm of all Quanergy sensors uses Time-of-Flight (TOF) capability to measure the distance and reflectivity of objects and record the data as a reproducible three-dimensional point cloud with intensity information.
Operating at the 905 nm wavelength, sensitive detectors calculate the light’s bounceback Time-of-Flight (TOF) to measure the object’s distance and record the collected data as a reproducible three-dimensional point cloud.
The sensor’s ability to detect objects that vary in size, shape, and reflectivity is largely unaffected by ambient light/dark, infrared signature, and atmospheric conditions.
Q-Guard works indoors and outdoors, in any weather or lighting conditions with fewer false alarms, and adds a reliable virtual fence that will substantially reinforce perimeter security for critical infrastructure.
(Meet Quanergy, the leading provider of LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions. Join us for the journey and learn about the possibilities of LiDAR. Courtesy of Quanergy and YouTube)
Q-Guard features Multi-LiDAR Fusion™, Quanergy’s proprietary smart technology that combines multiple LiDARs into a single unified point cloud, for tracking unique objects in complex environments.
Target applications include airports, border security, critical infrastructure, data centers, harbors, oil refineries, and industrial and prison perimeters.
(Protect critical infrastructure and provide surveillance with Q-Guard, the ultimate LiDAR-based security solution. Courtesy of Quanergy and YouTube)
Q-Guard leverages technology developed by Raytheon for demanding military applications.
This technology uses sophisticated human perception algorithms to track people for safety and security in crowded environments at ranges exceeding 100 meters when used with Quanergy LiDAR sensors.
This combination of hardware and software creates an integrated solution for any advanced security application.
(See Q-Guard, powered by Quanergy’s LiDAR sensor technology, in a Smart City Simulation. Courtesy of Quanergy and YouTube)
The Vulnerability, an Example – The Metcalf Attack
The United States’ Critical Infrastructure (Gas, Water and Power) is more vulnerable to security threats than most realize.
In 2013, PG&E’s Metcalf substation was systematically attacked by terrorists.
This attack included unauthorized entry into manholes, cutting telecommunications fiber and shooting through chainlink fences to blow up transformers.
Law enforcement officers arrived only a moment later, saw nothing suspicious, could not get past the locked fence, and left.
The attack caused leakage of 52,000 gallons of cooling oil and disabled 17 transformers; a blackout in portions of Silicon Valley was narrowly averted through power re-routing and conservation.
In all, damages were over $15 million and the suspects were never apprehended.
Jon Wellinghoff, then chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, visited the site afterward and brought along military experts.
They concluded that it was a planned professional job, and Mr. Wellinghoff stated the attack was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred” in the US.
(Learn More. Courtesy of Strategic Communications and YouTube)
The Department of Homeland Security defines terrorism as any activity involving an act that is “dangerous to human life or potentially disruptive of critical infrastructure or key resources.”
By this definition, the Metcalf attack was a double act of terrorism.
See how Q-Guard’s 3D virtual perimeter fencing and intrusion detection system is capable of accurately detecting and tracking people, animals, vehicles and other objects in most weather conditions, regardless of ambient lighting.
(Alternative simulations of the Metcalf Attack, using Q-Guard. Courtesy of Quanergy and YouTube)
Quanergy at a Glance
Quanergy Systems was founded in 2012 and builds on decades of experience of its team in the areas of optics, photonics, optoelectronics, artificial intelligence software, and control systems and leads in all key commercialization areas – price, performance, reliability, size, weight, power consumption.
Additionally, Quanergy has been named to MIT Technology Review’s 2017 list of 50 Smartest Companies.
To make the list, a company must exhibit technological leadership and business acumen which set them apart from competitors.
“The companies on the list combine a high level of technology innovation with a business model that will help them make the most of it,” explained senior editor Nanette Byrnes.
“Public and private, large and small, based in countries around the globe, this group of companies is creating new opportunities and pouncing on them. These are the ones that competitors must follow.”
“As the industry’s most innovative company with a patented solid state LiDAR solution that is cost effective, this recognition by MIT Technology Review validates Quanergy’s role in creating a disruptive development in smart sensing and fueling the exciting growth of LiDAR across many industries,” said Dr. Louay Eldada, chief executive officer of Quanergy Systems.
Quanergy in 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’
As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, Q Guard will be competing against the industry’s leading providers of Innovative Perimeter Protection Solutions.
American Security Today will be holding the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m, Wednesday, November 15th at ISC East, the Northeast’s largest security industry event, in the Jacob Javits Exhibition Center in New York City.
At ISC East you will have the chance to meet with technical reps from over 225 leading brands in the security industry, allowing you to find out about new products and stay ahead of the competition.
Encompassing everything from Video Surveillance and Access Control to Smart Home Technologies and Unmanned Security, you’re sure to find products and services that will benefit your company and clients.