See how this 3D surveillance technology can boost your situational awareness — without staring at a wall of screens

by Brianna Crandall — April 6, 2020 — Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon Geosystems, has developed the innovative BLK247, a three-dimensional (3D) reality capture sensor for surveillance. The Leica BLK247 is engineered to tell the difference between still and moving objects, detect various changes in both sunlight and darkness, and frame critical areas with digital fences while guaranteeing total privacy.

Leica BLK247 surveillance sensor

The BLK247 provides situational awareness for 3D surveillance, identifies security threats, and provides real-time alerts for both expected and unexpected changes. Image courtesy Leica

The BLK247 is also designed to greatly enhance situational awareness within restricted or high-security spaces, while reducing the need to constantly monitor walls of security screens or smart building dashboards.

The BLK247 uses a combination of artificial intelligence (AI), 3D digital fencing, edge computing, and LiDAR-enabled change detection technology to provide situational awareness for 3D surveillance, identify security threats, and provide real-time alerts for both expected and unexpected changes.

Carl-Thomas Schneider, vice president of Business Development at Hexagon Geosystems, stated:

We understand that security professionals are often pushed to the limit in terms of situational awareness, and that it can be difficult to catch everything that may go wrong in a busy or sensitive environment. The BLK247 is designed specifically to help security and surveillance teams by providing a level of situational awareness that cannot be achieved through human eyes and ears alone. It will help create safer and more secure spaces worldwide, providing peace of mind for security professionals and the public alike.

The Leica BLK247 in the real world

Bringing a higher degree of security and safety to any space, the BLK247 is ideal for protecting public spaces across transportation, smart buildings, hospitals, schools, and museums, for example. The sensor fusion technology elevates situational awareness and alerts security professionals to unauthorized activity as it’s happening.

Leica offers these real-world examples of how the Leica BLK247 supports a variety of industries:

  • Transportation: BLK247 detects items left behind and unauthorized intrusions resulting in increased security and reduced delays.
  • Optimized warehouses and autonomous factories: The obstacle detection and volume assessment features support increased throughput and the ability to optimize capacity.
  • Public buildings and safe cities: The 3D digital fencing capabilities create digital barriers that can be applied to areas or objects such as stadiums, government offices or works of art.

Continuously scanning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7), the BLK247 is an intelligent and communicative device designed to alert appropriate staff of all changes, expected or unexpected, within a space.

The BLK247 is made to be simple to install. Unlike commonly used sensors in the security industry, the Ethernet-powered BLK247 only requires a single CAT5 cable for installation. The compact and discreet sensor can mount to a ceiling or wall depending on your needs.

For more information on the BLK247, visit the Leica website. Innovating in measurement and survey for nearly 200 years, Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, creates complete solutions for professionals across the planet, including instruments, software and services. Hexagon Geosystems is a global provider of digital solutions that create Autonomous Connected Ecosystems (ACE).