Using IR to detect people is focus of IoT research project

March 23, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Infrared people detection grid-eye sensor IoT research
In a joint industry/academia engagement, and Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe together with a number of engineering schools from the UK and Germany have launched a research project looking at innovative infrared people detection software. The research project is centered around Panasonic's recently launched Grid-EYE, a surface mount thermopile sensor.

Participants will be invited to document the progress of their projects on the community platform, Upon completion of the projects, Panasonic and will select the entry that they consider demonstrates the highest degree of originality, innovation and technical merit.

The faculty responsible for this project will be awarded a budget to spend on selected Panasonic components and equipment. Panasonic has joined in this project in order to reduce barriers to university-industry research partnerships.

According to Mubeen Abbas, Product Manager at Panasonic, “Innovation happens where ideas and experiences collide –  where different branches of knowledge interact and where people with entrepreneurial skills work side by side with those who have pioneering knowledge."

"Cooperation between universities and industry is therefore central to driving innovation. With the explosive rise of Internet of Things (IoT) applications in a fast-changing world, we understand that working hand in hand with universities is more important than ever before.”

By combining its new IR sensor technology with Bluetooth wireless systems and software for IR detection of people and objects on one board, Panasonic enables students to develop rapid prototypes and quickly build their own wireless sensor “Internet of Things” applications.