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ID Quantique UK begins LIDAR development project

LIDAR is receiving renewed interest, as it plays an important role in emerging technologies such as self-driving vehicles, clean energy and environmental monitoring.

ID Quantique is a leading manufacturer of single-photon detectors for infrared wavelengths, which have a number of advantages for LIDAR: infrared light is eye-safe, single-photon detection ensures long range measurement and high timing accuracy allows for sub-centimeter distance resolution, even kilometers away.

innovate-uk-logoIDQ UK brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the development and industrialisation of these key components. Partnering with academic and commercial institutions will allow IDQ to gain greater experience of adapting the technology for the LIDAR market.

Professor John Rarity from the University of Bristol is a pioneer in LIDAR technology and the use of quantum physics to enhance its sensitivity. SKY-Futures is a leader in drone-based inspection systems for the oil and gas industry and QLM is an innovative start-up with the capability of integrating IDQ UK’s components to offer a full gas-sensing solution.


Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. For further information, visit www.innovateuk.gov.uk

Sky-Futures has established itself as the world’s leading provider of drone-based inspection services to the global industrial markets. For further information, visit https://www.sky-futures.com

Bristol University is ranked among the top five UK institutions for research excellence. For more information, visit http://www.bris.ac.uk

QLM (Quantum Light Metrology) is an oil and gas instrumentation business. For further information, contact M.Ai Xiao.Ai@bristol.ac.uk

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