Past Features

June 5, 2017

Competing for a virtual wall

SENSORINC.COM --- Laser Radar/LIDAR/LADAR including Eye-safe Lasers
Tech Portal -- June 4, 2017
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey working on border surveillance technology for Trump's wall
    Under immense pressure created by Facebook investors over his political views, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey decided to depart the social networking giant earlier this year. The 24-year old garnered a name for himself for selling his venture to Facebook for a massive $2 billion back in 2014. And if you had been thinking that Luckey will go into the night silently with his acquisition money then you're greatly mistaken.
    Citing three people familiar with the developments, The New York Times reports that Luckey is now working on a new startup and is said to be closely involved with U.S. President Trump's administration. While some previous reports indicated he was building a VR game venture, but he is working on a security company.
    Luckey is spending his energy and capital to build surveillance technology for Trump's much-talked-about border wall. It will have multiple purposes at national borders and military bases, the aforementioned being one of them. This technology will be developed using LiDAR sensors (which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, a primary technology in self-driving cars), coupled with other infrared sensors and cameras to help border officials prevent illegal crossings.

Silicon Valley LiDAR Maker Quanergy Angles For A Trump Border Wall Contract
   With construction costs that could reach $21 billion, President Donald Trump's “big beautiful wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border has enticed scores of construction firms and contractors to file proposals to get a piece of that business. Quanergy, a Silicon Valley startup that makes laser LiDAR sensors and a rising star in the world of automated car technology is one of the more curious applicants. [...]
    A Quanergy LiDAR virtual fence along the U.S. border would be “a lot cheaper” than hundreds of miles of concrete and steel and provide imaging that's vastly superior to video surveillance, he said.
    “At 100 meters a human body might fill two image pixels, so very little detail. With LiDAR I can see what you're doing with your fingers at 100 meters.”

Glenn Spencer -- June 5, 2017
RADAR, LIDAR -- Line of sight needed -- Not with SEIDARM
    It appears that a number of companies have jumped into the border wall situation with high-tech solutions, or virtual walls. This may explain why it has taken Customs and Border Protection so long to decide which approach is best for America.
    One company, Border Technology, Inc., has proposed using as seismic sensor system to guide drones to intercept and identify border threats. The system, called SEIDARM, has been shown to be capable of detecting and classifying border threats without using line-of-sight, which is needed for optical cameras, radar and LiDAR.
    CBP has plenty of experience with cameras, radars and seismic systems and should be able to competently decide which system is best for national security.