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How advanced image analysis is contributing to optimize urban mobility?

A very good summarizing article about the capabilities of DataFromSky and how the advanced image data processing is contributing to optimize the urban mobility has been published on LinkedIn. Several use cases in which the data from the sky might be helpful are described by this article:
– possibility of analyzing the traffic node in terms of traffic safety – based on the detection of risky situations, near accidents and collisions
– analysis of interaction of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in public areas such as in surroundings of schools, city centers, bus and train stations etc.
– studies of parking lots utilization, behavior of vehicles in a carpark
– and many other applications which you can think about

To summarize, the greatest benefits of traffic research from the aerial video using advanced software for image processing are:

A) Accurate and detailed data about traffic from the bird’s eye perspective:

– complete trajectory and moving patterns of each traffic participant
– complex OD- matrix – vehicle counts, turning movements
– speed and acceleration profile of each vehicle
– vehicle classification into categories (car / heavy vehicle / bus, / motorcycle etc.)
– measurement of travel time and stationary time (queuing time)
– advanced heatmaps based on the velocity, acceleration, traffic flow
– evaluation of traffic safety (detection of near accidents based on calculation of Time to Collision [TTC], detection of risky situations or inappropriate driving behavior, heavy breaking)

B) Reliable, detailed research without influencing traffic behavior (inconspicuous solution).

C) Ultimate traffic research, almost without a human intervention – based on the machine learning and DNN.

D) Powerful tool which can improve traffic safety and urban planning of many Smart cities.

Do you want to know more? Read the whole article – click on this link.

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DataFromSky in Singapore

As a part of our acceleration program with CzechInvest agency, we began our Asian business expansion by joining the Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology – SWITCH. This platform concept brings together partners from around the world in the technology, innovation and enterprise ecosystem in a series of complementary tech events. SWITCH features exhibitions, conferences, workshops and activities revolving around topics such as open innovation, technology transfer, tech entrepreneurship, venture funding, and talent development. Come to visit us at our stand in Sands Expo and Convention Centre in the following 3 days!

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Come to visit DataFromSky at Future Port Prague

See the future of technology with your own eyes and visit our stand at the Future Port Prague 2018 on 6. – 7.9.2018 in Prague! The Future Port Prague is a prestigeous event dedicated to the most innovative and futuristic technical topics of these days, including IoT, artificial intelligence and future of mobility. As you can see, DataFromSky, alongside with ParkingDetection have many reasons to be there, and you definitely should not miss it, too!

For more information about the conference, click on this link.

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DataFromSky can save lives not only in transport

Those of you who are following us regularly know that we are constantly working on improving and creating new possibilities of use for our DataFromSky Aerial Artificial Intelligence platform. DataFromSky can help to save lives not only in the transportation area, but also as a very powerful SAR (Search and Rescue) system!

We are currently developing a unique body recognition application – a software that recognizes human bodies from aerial pictures to find missing people much easier and faster. DataFromSky AAI Rescue system reduces the time required to rescue lost people or help with finding victims of natural disasters or some unexpected situations. Together with a greek UAV partner, we are working on the concept that can save lives in cases of natural disasters such as happened recently in the Greek resort of Mati.

Given the concerns inherent in large regions due to limited rescue distribution, UAV-based frameworks are a promising platform for providing aerial imaging. The primary role of such intelligent drone is to assist in search & rescue, structure and commercial building fires, wildland fires, and help document natural disasters while helping to find the victims faster! With a thermal imaging camera, there is a high chance to detect fires already at its beginnings and possibly to prevent a disaster.


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Article about DataFromSky in hi-tech magazine

An article about DataFromSky appeared in an e-magazine Xataka. This online newsletter focuses on smart solutions in various areas, including smart businesses, smart cities and municipalities, or smart government. The article describes our path to success, how the project DataFromSky originated, what are our achievements and future goals.
The article also describes how the data is collected and what are some special conditions and requirement for the input video for DataFromSky analysis and mentions some legal restrictions for drones and other small UAVs that vary from country to country. Further on, the process of data and trajectory extraction using the DNN and machine learning is simply explained.
Our CEO also explains the future plans and vision of DataFromSky: “We want to apply everything we have learned with our algorithms for detecting vehicles and people in services such as traffic surveillance. And here we are not talking about a post-processed analysis, but monitoring and analyzing the data in real time directly on site. This could be done by drones or by fixed cameras, and would not be limited to detecting excesses of speed. The idea is to be able to determine aggressive driving, a sufficient safety distance between cars, calculate an excess of emissions or something as simple as counting the number of cars that pass through a point in a certain period of time, matched with a license plate. It would be a big evolution of the dreaded traffic cameras that are limited to detecting speeding nowadays.”

For more information, read the full article (available only in the Spanish language) available on this link.

Moreover, we have attended several Smart City conferences with our partners (see below) and we plan to attend several more in upcoming months.

Future of Transportation world conference held in Cologne, Germany, June 20th


Smart Cities Global Technology & Investment Summit 2018 in Algiers, June 28th

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New release of DataFromSky Viewer

DataFromSky team is constantly working on developing and upgrading our software tool for advanced data visualization and interpretation DataFromSky Viewer. We have recently released a new enhanced version of this tool, including many improvements, modifications and new features! The new version of the Viewer is much more user-friendly, we have simplified the structure of the Menu and the main toolbar and make the UI easier to work with.

What are the most important news and features added?
– possibility to export the data in WGS84 coordinates
– measurement of headways both in seconds and in meters (exporting these data to CSV is a matter of course)
– possibility to export the data for all configured gates into one single file,
– possibility to export a video with anonymization regions
– video position is shown also in milliseconds from the start of the video
– added information about the number of currently occurring trajectories in the frame
– video rotation

We have also created a completely new DataFromSky Demo package for you! You can download a free trial version of DataFromSky Viewer with the full functionality directly on our website (go on our homepage and click on “Try and See” at the bottom)! The demo package contains one short sample video of a roundabout and presents what is DataFromSky capable of in its full version:
– creating and definition of counting gates by the user
– classification of all objects (including bicycles or pedestrians)
– advanced export functions into CSV, XLS, AutoCad enabled
– OD matrix/turn count in defined directions – color overlay, excel report for all configured gates
– speeds and acceleration measurement anywhere in the scene – displayed number or colored overlay –> creation of heat maps
– advanced traffic analysis: Time to Follow (Tf) or Gap Time analysis (Tg)
– stationary time measurement and export
– headways measurement and export in seconds and meters

Take a look at this video, where the basic system functionalities are presented to provide you quick and easy introduction to the software environment. Click on this link.

Naturally, we do not rest on our laurels and we are already working on a new version of the Viewer, which includes the advanced Safety analysis and detection of collisions and near accidents. Follow our progress!

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DataFromSky can detect traffic accidents before they happen!

Safety is one of the most important aspects of the traffic industry. Many serious traffic incidents happen on the roads worldwide every day. Thanks to the huge amount of traffic information gathered by DataFromSky aerial video analysis we are able to detect near-crash events, traffic conflicts, that statistically occur more frequently than real traffic accidents. By using this proactive approach that focuses on analyzing dangerous traffic situations that can but not necessarily have to lead to a traffic accident it is possible to detect:

– aggressive driver behavior
– offensive lane changing
– short following distances
– collision-prone traffic hub areas

So far, we have implemented some of the standard safety indicators like Time To Collision (TTC), Time Exposed Time To Collision (TET), Time Integrated Time To Collision (TIT) and Post-Encroachment Time (PET) which are used to detect traffic conflicts in spatial-temporal data obtained by DataFromSky aerial video analysis. The standard evaluation of some of these indicators was extended by road users movement prediction that better reflects their behavior and achieves better results. All of the detected traffic conflicts are properly visualized in DataFromSky Viewer where they can be interactively analyzed.

More features regarding the Traffic Safety analysis are coming. The project of Traffic Safety Analysis is jointly developed with the Faculty of Civil Engineering BUT and is supported by Technological Agency of Czech Republic.

Following video demonstrates the capabilities of DataFromSky Traffic Safety Analysis:

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Smart parking using drones

Can a drone help you to find a free parking spot more easily? Yes, with DataFromSky Aerial AI!
For many cities all around the world, parking is a major source of revenue but also a primary cause of traffic congestion and sometimes a true nightmare for drivers. In the last few years, many smart parking solutions have been conceived and some of them implemented, such as embedded sensors in the ground that relay to a smartphone when a parking space is available. But instead of tearing up the asphalt to build in these costly sensors, what if cities used drones to monitor parking availability?

Moreover, there is a huge future potential for self-parking autonomous vehicles, that lots of car companies are developing nowadays. On the infrastructure side, there still needs to be information made available to the cars so they know where to park. DataFromSky can easily help with that – detect a free parking spot and easily navigate the autonomous car to that place.

The use of drones is becoming increasingly useful when conducting parking studies, utilizing far less manpower, while collecting more comprehensive data compared to standard methods. The drone video survey can provide additional insights into site conditions that would not be captured otherwise, such as queueing or illegal parking. Short sample of such study using DataFromSky is demonstrated by the following video:

For fixed long-term monitoring of the occupancy of a parking lot in real-time, we at RCE have developed Parking DetectionTechnology for Smart Cities.

ParkingDetection is a new and unique smart parking system using AI, that overcomes the limitations of traditional methods of parking management such as inground sensors or overhead sensors. No need for costly pavement work or ground installations! Under the ideal conditions, one smart camera can monitor up to 400 parking spaces at once!

What can Parking Detection offer?
– provides information of individual parking places – real-time occupancy evaluation including vehicle classification
– detects parking rules violations
– supervision of payment discipline – possibility to connect with payment machines
– allow defining your own parking rules, for example:

      a rule for maximum parking time
      a rule for the types of vehicles that can stand in chosen space

– integrates LED info panels and navigates the driver to free parking space
– provides an intuitive web interface for parking management
– offers advanced statistics and reports
– includes a mobile PD application for drivers – navigation to a free parking spot, availability of free spots, payment, personal vehicle monitoring (the driver is informed through our app, if the vehicle is being manipulated)
– app for car park operators or police for better management and supervision of the car park

Follow ParkingDetection on our social media and keep up with us: Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter!

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New partners of DataFromSky

The whole team of DataFromSky is proud to announce new exclusive partnerships in South and North America! We have gained new strategic partners to start a thriving cooperation with. TADI-US will represent DataFromSky in U.S. states Minnesota and Wisconsin, Cinco de Colombia is operating in the Colombian market. Welcome on board!

TADI-US
TADI-US – Traffic Analysis & Design, Inc., is the premier traffic engineering firm in the region. To their service portfolio belong traffic engineering, traffic impact analysis, corridor studies or signal design and control. They are also active in the field of traffic safety. Contact TADI on info@tadi-us.com.

Cinco de Colombia
Cinco. is a research and consulting company that develops and implements state-of-the-art technology for the execution of its projects in many fields. Their goal is to permanently search for new engineering advances that guarantee the highest possible precision within optimal processes. The contact person for Cinco. is Mr. Javier Visbal Martínez Ing. Mag., who can be contacted on javier@cinco.consulting.

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DataFromSky cooperates with PTV Vissim

We are proud to announce that we have connected DataFromSky with a simulation model VISSIM! PTV Vissim is a microscopic multi-modal traffic flow simulation software package developed by PTV Group, first developed in 1992 and nowadays, Vissim is a global market leader in microscopic simulation models! The simulation displays all road users and their interactions in one model.

We have created a promo video demonstrating how to export the results from DataFromSky and use it as an input in Vissim. This possibility opens so many opportunities how to utilize the real data from DataFromSky analysis and how to increase the accuracy of your simulation model!

What kind of data can be exported and what are the plans for further interconnection?
– traffic counts
– vehicle category (number of cars, heavy vehicles, buses, motorcycles etc.)
– turning movements – route decisions and routes
– speeds for model calibration
– accelerations
– travel times (between two defined gates)
– headways between two vehicles following each other (gap in seconds) – advanced gap analysis and headways data provided only by DataFromSky!
– queue lengths (will be added)

The video plays also the role of the very first User manual video of DataFromSky Viewer – it describes the process of creating counting gates in order to export the Origin-destination data and import them into Vissim. Other short instructional videos will follow soon!

Enjoy the video:

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