January 21, 2021

Ouster PointCloud Street 400x275Two companies in the lidar development space, Ouster and Outsight, today announced a partnership that has produced an integrated solution with embedded pre-processing software. The plug-and-play system aims to deliver real-time, processed 3D data and can be integrated into any application within minutes.

The solution combines Ouster’s high-resolution digital lidar sensors with Outsight’s perception software that detects, classifies, and tracks objects without relying on machine learning. Ouster, which was founded in 2015, aims to produce lidar-powered solutions across industries, and Outsight developed its pre-processing software to make 3D lidar easier to use. Combining these two products will result in an end-to-end solution for customers while accelerating its time to market and decreasing development costs, the companies said in a statement.

Ouster’s sensors, designed to IP68 and IP9K standards, are built to withstand extreme weather conditions and provide 3D vision to applications where real-time 3D perception, reliability, and 360-degree monitoring are required. The ruggedness provides reliability for extended outdoor use through rain, snow, hail, dust, and fog. The sensors include more than 50 customization options that can be tailored for multiple applications and physical installations – from a narrow, dense point cloud to an extra-wide 90x360 field of view – across factories, ports, cities, airports, and other locations, the company said.

Outsight pre processorThe Ouster 3D lidar data is processed in real-time through Outsight’s edge compute system, an ARM-based compute node that functions as an integrated lidar box (pictured, right). Customers can receive both the raw, high-resolution point cloud data and the pre-processed data, which ranges from individual object information (position, trajectory, velocity) to aggregated analytics (object counts and flow patterns).

In addition, the pre-processing approach doesn’t require any machine learning – its AI-driven algorithms can accurately detect, track, and classify objects without any training or data labeling, Outsight said. “This not only reduces customers’ applications power consumption and bandwidth requirements but also allows customers to be up and running with the solution almost immediately and without any need for long data annotation processes.”

“Ouster and Outsight’s strategic partnership represents our shared vision for making 3D lidar-powered solutions that are useful, simple, and affordable for every customer in every industry,” said Cyrille Jacquemet, general manager of Europe and the Middle East at Ouster. “We believe Ouster’s high-resolution lidar and Outsight’s unique pre-processing software will allow customers to fully leverage 3D lidar data in any application. Together, we are advancing safe, ubiquitous autonomy with this comprehensive solution.”

“Our integrated kit has the right versatility for R&D experimentation and the right performance, robustness, and scalability for large, real-world deployments,” said Sebastien de la Bastie, the chief business officer at Outsight. “Together, we fill the gap between both worlds and dramatically accelerate customer’s time to market.”

Industrial automation and smart cities

The company said the solution is already commercially available in Europe for industrial automation and smart city applications. In the industrial space, Ouster sensors can measure large volumes of waste heaps that are partially located below ground in buried containers, and the Outsight software pre-processes the data to calculate the volume and dimensions of the heaps. In the smart city space, the combined technology can deliver object information, including vehicle and pedestrian position, classification, velocity, and predicted trajectory. Integrating this into intelligent traffic systems can unlock capabilities around automatic wrong-way detection, stop bar violation, pedestrian crossings, and other use cases.

The companies said the partnership is part of an ongoing joint effort to bring 3D perception capabilities to every industrial robot, crane, traffic light, and other moving and fixed objects. The companies said they will extend this partnership to collaborate on other solutions in industries, including robotics and industrial vehicles.