Distance on board – sensor solutions on ships in times of social distancing

Nov 9, 2020

Flag states, port authorities and classification societies request new hygiene concepts and certifications for infection prevention in the maritime industry. To enable ship operators to meet health requirements on cruise ships, SICK supports them with intelligent LiDAR sensor technology, combined with the new SICK SensorApps PeopleCounter and DistanceGuard. SICK offers sensor solutions that do not include personal information by counting people in defined open and closed spaces and ensuring the recommended minimum distance. In this way, shipowners also ensure compliance with data law regulations.

Due to the complexity on a ship, increased hygiene standards can hardly be met without technical support.
Due to the complexity on a ship, increased hygiene standards can hardly be met without technical support.

Due to the complexity on a ship, increased hygiene standards can hardly be met without technical support. SICK has developed solutions for this challenge, with which shipowners can quickly keep an eye on the maximum utilization of space and the minimum distance between people.


PeopleCounter − anonymous people counting

Detect the number of people anytime and anywhere: How many people are at the pool, restaurant, elevator, amusement park? The area to be scanned can be defined as needed. The 3D-LiDAR sensor MRS1000 generates the measurement data. The integrated SensorApp PeopleCounter reliably identifies people based on their outline. In this way only people are counted and other objects are hidden. The app processes the data anonymously; personal identification is not recorded. Thanks to the four-layer sensor technology, directions of movement of persons can also be clearly determined and the current utilization of defined zones can be applied to large areas by monitoring different entrances and exits. The collected data is output via telegrams and digital outputs.

LiDAR sensors
Anonymous and reliable people counting


DistanceGuard − no crowds

Particularly at check-in or in restaurants, it is challenging for ship operators to ensure that the minimum distances between people are observed. Here in particular, SensorApp DistanceGuard scores points in conjunction with the TiM series 2D-LiDAR sensor. The sensor solution can reliably determine the distance between two people. As soon as the distance falls below the configured minimum distance, an optical or acoustic signal is generated and advises the persons to adjust the minimum distance themselves.


Safety of crew, passenger and ship

With its comprehensive sensor solutions, SICK also supplies a portfolio that protects areas from unauthorized access. Motion profiles of individual or entire groups can be recorded and visualized in real time. The 2D-LiDAR sensor LMS1xx in combination with the software visualizes and analyzes the number, direction and speed of people. For example, overcrowded escape routes can be detected early and passengers can be diverted.

LiDAR sensors
Precise, reliable, compact 2D LiDAR sensor for indoor and outdoor applications


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