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Technische Universitat Dresden Selects Neptec Technologies

June 16, 2014

Neptec Technologies Corp. reported that its OPAL 3D laser scanners have been selected by the Technische Universitat Dresden for an airport tarmac safety project in Germany.

In a release, the Company noted that the research project, led by Professor Hartmut Fricke, aims to improve the current safety level of airport operations with a real-time 3D surveillance and visualization system for the apron controller.

The system combines 3D point cloud data with real-time algorithms to automatically detect aircraft, vehicles and pedestrians for collision avoidance, and to alert the apron controller to the presence of Foreign Object Debris to mitigate damage to aircraft.

TU Dresden selected Neptec's OPAL-360 sensor because of its panoramic field of view, longer range options and, in particular, its non-overlapping scan pattern that avoids creating "blind spots" when the scanner is stationary compared to conventional 360 degrees laser scanners designed for autonomous vehicles.

Neptec's obscurant-penetrating OPAL technology also solves the problem of operating a LiDAR-based surveillance system in all types of weather - including fog, rain and dusty conditions.

"We are thrilled to have been selected by the TU Dresden for this project," said Mike Dunbar, Director of Business Development for Neptec Technologies. "This is another validation of our objective to make it easy to deploy intelligent 3D applications that can operate in all kinds of harsh environments and that improve the safety and productivity of our customers' operations."

Neptec Technologies Corp. develops 3D robot vision products.

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