Leica BLK247 LiDAR / Thermal / Video Surveillance System Tested

By Rob Kilpatrick, Published Oct 27, 2021, 11:30am EDT

Leica's BLK247 was SIA's best new product last year, boasting a combination of LiDAR, thermal and visible imaging. But how well does it actually work?

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We tested the Leica BLK247 for over two weeks, examining:

  • How easy or complex is set up?
  • How well can it detect people walking, running, or crawling?
  • How far can it detect a person?
  • What, if any, false alerts does it generate?
  • How does it integrate with VMSes?
  • Can it properly map out various indoor or outdoor scenes?

Executive *******

*** ****** ******** **** a ******* ** ********* problems, **** ** ********* price ***** ** **** to ******* *** **** uses *****. ***** **** a ****** ***** ******* should ******* **** ** the ********* ******** *** we **** ** **-**** at **** ****.

Technical *******

** * **** ** testing, *** ****** *** not **** *** ****** in *** ***** *******, running, ** ******** ****** its ~***' ****** ********* range, *** ** ******** from ***** ****** ** stationary ******* ** **** as *** ****** ** walls ** *** ********* zone.

***** **** ** ********* drawn ** ***** ***** objects, ***** *** ** especially ********* ** ***** with ******, ****** ********, or ******** ************.

*** ******'* ******** **** is ********** ***** ******** to ***** ***** (*.*. Quanergy) ** ******* ***** analytics, ****** ** ************* for ****** ******* *****. For *******, ******** *** parking *** ***** ******* at ***** *** ******* as **** ********* *** ~180-200' **** ******.

*******, *** ****** **** not ********* ****** **** common ***** **** ** Avigilon, *****, *******, *********, or *********, ****** **** viewable **** ** *** web *********. ** ********** with **** **** ****** VMSes **** **************** *******, *** **** *** offer ***** ** ***** generic ****** **** ** HTTP ** *** ****** events.

Leica ********

***** **** **** **** of ***** *********** **** be ********* ** * December ***** *******, **** AI *** *******-***** ****** added *** ***** ***** reduction, ** **** ** a "**** ******** **** setup" ** ******* **** setup ** ****** ******** and ****** *** **** other ************.

************, ***** **** **** other *** ************ *** coming *** *** *** have * ********, ****** they ***** ** **** on * ******* *****.

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*** ****** ******* *** ~$16,000 *** ****, ************* more **** *** ******* security ****** *** **** than ********'* **-*, ***** retails *** ~$**,*** *** sensor ****** ******** **** not ******* ******* ** thermal *******.

Vs. ******** *****

***** ***** ** ******* to *** **, ******* of *** ******* ********* required ********** (*** *** ****), *** ***' ********* radius ** **** ******* than ********'* ***' ***** and ** **** *** classify ****** ** ******** as ******** ****.

************, ***** ******** ****** multiple ******* ** ** combined ** ***** * larger ****, ******** ******* do *** *********, **** each ********* *********** **********.

*******, *****'* *** ************ are *******, ***** ******** has ********* ************ **** Genetec *** *********, ********* mapping, *** *******, *** person/vehicle ********.

BLK247 *************

***** ************, ** ********* the ******, ***** ******* an **** **** ***** captures * ** ***** of *** **** ***** users *** *** ******* of ******** ** ********* zones.

RGB *** ****** *** ******* ****

*** ****** ******** *** RGB *** ****** ******* that *** ******** ******** internally ** ****** * 360 ****** ********, ***** below.

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** **** ******** **** thermal ******* ***** *** stitched ******** ** ****** a ***° ********.

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***** *** **** ******* thermal ********** ** *** visible *****. *******, **** that ******* ******* ** not ***** ** **** area ** *** ******* sensors, ** *** *** be **** ** **** imagers ************** ** ******** are ******* ****.

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No ****** ******

****** **** * **** of *******, *** ******'* LIDAR *** *** **** any ****** ****** *** 100' ********* ******.

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******* ***** **** *** require ***** ** *******, the ********* *** *** same ** ***** ** during *** ***, **** as **** ****-**** *** interior *****:

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People ******** ******* *** ********

****** *******, ****** **** detected **** ******** ******* the *****:

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** **** ** **** running:

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100' ********* ***** ***

*** ****** *** *** specified ***' ********* *****, detecting ****** ******** ** the **** ** *** scene, ****** **** *** difficult ** **** *** on *** ******'* ******* fisheye *******.

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*** *** ****** ** the ******* ***** *** added ** **** ** show *** ******** ******.

Short ***** *********** ** ***** *****

****** ***** *** *** specified *****, ~***' ** relatively ***** ******** ** using ******** ******* ** other ***** ******* (***** covering ***'+), *** ****** to ******* ******** ******* to ***** **** ********** large *****, *.*. *** rear ******* ***, ***** has *** ********* ***-***' away **** *** ******.

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Numerous ***** ***** ******: *******, ********** *******, *****, ******

****** ***** ********* ******:

*** ****** ******** *** power ** *****, *****, thermal *******, *** ********* AI ** ******* ****** and ******. ***** ********** whether ** ********* **** place *** ******** **** other ******* ** ** is **************.

*** ****** **** *** classify ******/********/***. ** *** scene, ******* ********* *** objects ** *** ***** of ****. *** *******, animals ********* ****** ** our *******:

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** *** ****** *** moving ********:

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********** ******* ** *** warehouse ***** **** ** tripods ** *** *** chart ********* ***** ******.

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************, ** * **** touches * *****, ****, or ******* ** ***** produce ******** ***** ******, since *** ***** **** not ******** *******, **** detects ************.

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**** ****** ******* ** our ******* *** **** due ** ** ***** on * *****, **** no ******* ** **** detection *****.

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***** ********** ****** ******* two ********* ***** ** adding ********* ***** ***** the **** **** **** the *****.

No **************, **** ********/****

*********, **** ******** **** the ****** *** ******** box **** *** ********* for **** ******** ******, with *** *************** ***** as "****."

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********* ** *****, * future ******** **** ***** classifications, ********* *** ******** release.

Indoor ** *** *****, ******* **********

**** ******** *** ****** a *** ** *** room, ******* *** *** was *****, ******** * full **** ** *** warehouse (***' * **') visible **** *** ******.

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****** *******, *** ***** was **********, *** ****** like * ******, **** no ***** ********** ** the **** ** *** scene.

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Limited ***** *********** / ******

****** ********* ** *** BLK247 ** *** ********* with ****** *****, **** as ********, *******, *********, or ******* *****. ** integrates **** **** **** common ***** **** ** Ganz ****** ** *******. Leica **** **** ***** VMS ************ *** ****** but *** *** **** a ********, ****** **** would ** **** ** a ******* *****.

************, *** ****** **** not ***** ***** ************ methods, **** ** *** serial ** *****, *** those **** ***-********** *****.

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Physical ********

*** ***** ****** ******** a ****-**** **** **** houses *** ***** *** a ******** ******. *** sides ** *** ****** contain * ******* *** 4 ******* *******, ***** in *** ***** *****.

Size **********

******** ** **** *******, the ***** ****** ** narrower, *** ****** *** to *** **** **** houses *** *****.

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Versions ****

*** ********* ******** **** used ****** *******.

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Comments (19)

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**** *** **** ********* did *** *** **** streaming *** ***** *****?

****, **** * **** at************** *** ****** **** to **** ********* ** the ** ************.

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***** *** *** **** to ****** * ***** point **** *** ****** and *** *** ***** a **** ** **?

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**** *** **** ********* did *** *** **** streaming *** ***** *****?

**** ********* ** ** Chrome **** **** **** enabled ** ******** ** ~20Mbps **** ******* ******* through *** ***** ** just ***** **** *** LiDAR ******* *****/******.

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** *****'* ***** **** it ******* *** **** 3D ***** ***** ** you ***** ** ****** alot **** ****. * have *** ****** *** I ** ****** **** 10GB ** **** ** a *-***** ****.

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**** *** ******** ***** software ***** *** ** combine/overlay ********* **** ******** cameras?

**, *** ******* ***** have ***** *** *******/*****/****** and **** ******** ** each *****.

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**** ****** *** ***** laser ********* **** *** IP/VMS ***********?

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** *****'*, *** ***** spoke ** ** ***** them ** *** ***********. The ** ******* ** interesting, *** * **** never **** * ***** compelling **** *** ********* in ***** ********** ******* of ****** */* **** typical ** **** *******. Objects ** ****** **** to ** ******* ** when *' *** ** the ****** *** *** at ****** ***** **** it *****'* **** ***** the **********. ** ***** something ******** ***** ** that ********* ***?

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* **** ****** ************ with *****. ** ***** helps ********** **** ** going ** **** ******. Also, *** *** *** to *** ******** **** an ***** ***** ***** in ****** ** ****** easy *** ********* ** understand ***** *** ******** is ********* (***** ***** campuses *** *********). **** helps ** *** **** sites *** **** *** world. ****** ******** ** models ** *** **** locations *** ** ********* useful.

**** *** ************** ** create * ** ***** point/mesh **** ****** **** the ******. **** *** also **** ****** ******** in ** ***** ** you *** ****** ********** the ******** ***'** ***** to ***. **** ***** designing ******* **** ****** in ** ** **.

** **** **** *** 3d *** *** ******** space.

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**** ** ** ******* of ***** * "******* Twin" ** **** ******** with ******** *******.

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**** ** ************ **** Luxriot ***

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***** **’* ** *** I ***’* **** * good ***** ** **** I’m ****** ********* ** this *****, **** **** sync’ing ** *** ****** walking ** *** *****. Is ** ***** ** you?

****, ****** * ***** video **** * ***** of ****** ** *** screen ***** ******. *****’* really ****** **, *** just **** ** *** it ****** ***** **** off.

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* ****'* *** * liked *** *********** **** Luxrot :)

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*** - *** ***** is ** ******** ****** made ** *&* ** provide * ****** ******* on **** **** **** done ** *** **** being (* **** ***).

** ** *** * promo ***** ***** *** and **** *** ****** represent *** ******* ***** of ***********.

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*'** **** **** *** fact **** * **** for ******, *** ******* highlighted ** *** ***** created ** * ******* (The ****** ***). ** far, **** *** ******* of ****** ** ****. :)

***** ** **** ********* to **** *** **** around, **** *** *** are ********* **** *** "point ******", *** ********* marketing ******.

****** **** **** ** drop ** *** *** booth *** ** ** depth **********, ** ** you **** ** **** up **** *** **** technical ****, *** ** know *** ** *** get *** ** *** schedule.

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* **** ******* ** the *** ***** *** IPVM **** **** * Lidar ********.

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**** ****** *** **** very ***********. **** ***'* read *** *** ********, and ** ***** *** development *******.

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