Provider of light detection and ranging (lidar) sensors, Ouster has signed a multi-year supply agreement with LASE for laser-based sensor applications for industrial equipment, which will further automate and retrofit container terminals and crane systems at ports with 3D digital lidar sensors.
This agreement includes delivery of several hundred Ouster OS sensors through 2025. The new solutions from LASE will use Ouster’s 3d digital lidar sensors to enhance capabilities of installations.
Lars Ambrosy, LASE managing director, said: “We see a massive opportunity for new equipment and to retrofit existing machines with the LASE system using Ouster’s sensors.
“We have several hundred installations around the world which can be upgraded with 3D lidar to provide multi-functionality and subsequent cost savings and safety benefits.”
The system will ensure safe container transfer during loading, unloading and handling.
LASE equips gantry cranes and other port equipment with around two or four Ouster OS1 sensors. This allows for precise position measurement and object detection. As a result, autonomous or semi-automated handling of containers is safer.
The digital lidar-based solution supports collision avoidance between handling machines, people and other port equipment. Ouster’s sensors can also be used for zone monitoring.
The sensors have a high-resolution and wide field-of-view, which enables LASE to reduce the number of sensors required on an installation while increasing the coverage area. The overall system performance is also enhanced for equal or less cost.
Financial and social return on investment from deploying a 3D lidar-based system can be extensive due to increased functionality and reduced accidents.
Ouster sensors have already been deployed by LASE at ports all over the world, including Poland, Chile, and the United Kingdom.