Profile & expertise

Beamagine is an SME based in greater Barcelona, devoted to design and produce LiDAR imagers as well as other electrooptic equipment, in special related to sensor fusion of LIDAR sensors with all tyes of 2D imaging.

LiDAR sensors are key to all kinds of autonomous vehicles due to its ability to register dense 3D information of the vehicle surroundings (pedestrians, moving objects) in real time. Lidar imaging allows obtaining 3D images in real time using compact cameras, based on laser pulses whose Time-of-Flight to a distant target is measured. This pointwise measurement is converted into an image using some scanning strategy, enabling imaging with high resolution at very long distances.

A lidar image is a point cloud with full 3D information (x,y,z) of the scene, so it is a perfect complement to machine vision solutions requiring redundancy or depth information. In a typical configuration, our fully solid-state sensors attain large distances in full daylight (up to 200m) without moving elements, to deliver highly detailed images (0.2Mpx) or real time video.

Beamagine develops its own technology and has research contracts and agreements with different international companies, institutions and universities. Twelve international patents being exploited at different markets underpin our expertise in LiDAR imagers. Our capabilities may cover from manufacturing of series of general purpose units to solutions tailored to customers’ needs for single-unit evaluation applications. The lidar core unit we have developed is modular, so it may be adjusted to different size, shape, range, frame rate and cost specifications in a timely manner, which gives us an expertise in the development and prototyping of lidar imaging units, very suited to our Tasks in VIZTA. Customized unit prototyping for tailored applications is one common service we develop, and custom units for markets as diverse as space or automotive have been built and are at service at our customers. Our mission is to develop lidar, TOF, electro-optical and single photon sensors, with a focus on imaging cameras for robotic sensing applications, adapted to serve different markets.

Role in the Project

Within VIZTA, Beamagine will apply its experience in prototyping lidar imagers to act as integrator of the component developments performed by the rest of the partners (sources, quad detectors, micromirrors…) in the long-range lidar imaging unit, under the coordination of Veoneer at WP4. A benchmark lidar imager following the state of the art will be built for comparison, and a final unit according to optimized specifications will be assembled, set to work, calibrated and made fully operational, base don the component development sperformed in the VIZTA project. In order to advance in the integration process, some commercially available off-the-shelf components will be used for the intermediate development of the electronics and firmware required to include the subcomponents developed in VIZTA. Beamagine thus is essentially involved in WP4, where the integration of a long-range lidar unit will be carried out, in close collabporation with UPC.

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Jordi Riu Gras

jordi.riu@beamagine.com

+34 (0)6 59 70 60 05

www.beamagine.com

Castellbisbal, Spain

Pablo García-Gómez holds a BSc in Physical Engineering and a MSc in Photonics. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Optical Engineering related to sensor fusion. He is an specialist in lidar modelling and eye-safety, and has experience in Integration and calibration in imaging LIDARs.

Pablo García-Gómez

María García-Subirana holds an Msc in Physical Sciences. Technically, she contributes to the development of optical systems, integration of components and design of optomechanics at Beamagine. She also plays a key role in VIZTA as she is an experienced Financial Project Manager who will be in charge of the financial reporting of the proposal.

María García-Subirana

Jordi Riu, PhD is the CEO and Founder of Beamagine SL, MSc in Electronics and PhD in Optical Engineering. He has developed a PhD related to the analysis of different subsystems (detectors and time counters) for prototyping lidar cameras, both flash lidar and scanning. He has been working in hardware developments for lidar imaging along the last 7 years, including the construction and Integration of the current concepts commercialized by Beamagine in diferent markets. He is an expert in firmware and analog and digital electronics design.

Jordi Riu