Infineon reported its development of a smart entrance counter solution which can help public places to manage people flow and maintain safe social distancing to support slowing down the COVID-19 spread.
The Smart entrance counter solution is a miniaturized, discrete radar board (250 mm x 150 mm) that accurately and anonymously counts people with one single 60 GHz radar sensor and integrated software. A traffic light system informs about if an entry is allowed or not.
“We aimed at quickly creating an effective solution that allows everyone of us to securely move within public spaces, in offices, airports or restaurants according to the regulations of the so-called new normal,” said Andreas Urschitz, Division President Power & Sensor Systems Infineon Technologies. ”Our Smart entrance counter solution is a closed system. On the one hand, it prevents overcrowding, on the other hand, it enables businesses to keep their operations running. And most importantly, due to the use of radar technology personal data are 100 percent protected. The system counts a person, but does not know who it is.”
The expected volume for this kind of solution amounts to 90 million units globally. Infineon’s Smart entrance counter solution with XENSIV™ 60 GHz radar sensor works contactlessly and can easily be installed on the side or ceiling of an entrance or exit. It can be implemented in all kinds of building types, such as public buildings, retail and grocery stores, restaurants, schools or corporate spaces, e.g. canteens, offices, and the like. Furthermore, Infineon is already working on the next generation that will include further features.
Sensing technologies using LiDAR, VCSEL and infrared LEDs are now popular for space management. Technology builders have been working on integrating these sensing components into existing infrastructure to help business or governments controlling people flow in closed are and ensuring social distancing.