Home » News mentions DataFromSky and Smart Mobility World 2015

DronEzine, an Italian electronic drone magazine, published an article dedicated to Smart Mobility World 2015. This year, a section will be dedicated to drone use in the field of traffic, intelligent transport systems and mobility. The article mentioned DataFromSky: “All over the world, the businesses that use UAV for this kind of mission have proliferated, such as DataFromSky, to mention just one name“.

We are happy to be mentioned, since we are planning to participate again this year, after our participation last year in Turin. The 2015 edition will start on 28th October at the Italian F1 circuit in Monza, conveniently located in time and space near the end of Expo 2015. Don’t hesitate and come!

Read the whole article in Italian (or the vaguely useful Google translation).

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Road design – more important than you think

Alan Sackrin, Florida based Civil Trial Lawyer, published an article about the importance of road design and its influence on road crash statistics.

Current conditions of roadways and their design – these two factors play a major role in number of car accidents. There are times when people are seriously injured or even killed in auto accidents on a traffic path where the design itself causes danger mentions Alan Sackrin.

Read the whole article at South Florida Injury Accident Blog.

Transportation is one of global issues and the road traffic accidents death rate is annually increasing. DataFromSky wants to fight against this problem by providing advanced safety analysis. Join us to keep our roads well-designed and safe!

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Motorcycle traffic monitoring and interaction research

Every now and then, an unique and interesting use case for DataFromSky comes up. The Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering at National Technical University of Athens is planning to use DataFromSky for traffic monitoring – to study interactions between powered two-wheelers (PTW) and other vehicles. They have already published a number of papers, dealing with powered two-wheelers’ overtaking in context of game theory or modelling based on multivariate statistics [1][2].

The smaller size of PTWs makes it possible to keep moving and overtaking even in conditions where cars are immobilized. In some countries, PTWs are either a dominant form of traffic, or take up a large share. Given these facts, there is a lot of opportunities to build a better understanding of their interactions – and hopefully also safety in these situations.

Below is a short video which we analyzed as a demonstration for the Greek scientists.

[1] Barmpounakis, Emmanouil N., Eleni I. Vlahogianni, and John C. Golias (2015). “A Game Theoretic Approach to Powered Two Wheelers Overtaking Phenomena.” Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting. No. 15-1425

[2] Barmpounakis, E.N., Vlahogianni, E.I., & Golias, J.C. (2016). Intelligent Transportation Systems and Powered Two Wheelers Traffic, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 17(4), 908-916.

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Mike On Traffic mentions DataFromSky

Mike On Traffic is a blog about “the Less Boring Side of Traffic Engineering“. DataFromSky was recently mentioned in a post called Counting Cars from the Sky: The Future of Traffic Monitoring.

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Drone traffic monitoring demonstration in Netherlands

At the beginning of July, sUAS news reported about drone traffic monitoring demonstration in Netherlands.

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Traffic technology International, an international web-and-print magazine, published in their June/July 2015 issue an article about UAV-based road traffic monitoring based on the Netherlands event under the title Farewell to fixed cameras?.

While the one-off demonstration showcased real-time monitoring, not analysis, it is an application of UAVs in traffic nevertheless. The article title is especially poignant for us, since drones can replace fixed cameras for both monitoring and analysis.

Meanwhile, another monitoring application is on the horizon: “The Jakarta City police to use drones to monitor traffic”. Doubtless, many more are to come…

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ISO 39001 Road Safety seminar mentions DataFromSky

At the end of July, our Italian partner, Andrea Marella of, led an online seminar about road safety titled “Road traffic safety (RTS) management system standard“. DataFromSky was mentioned as one of the best ways to gather information about driver behaviour and safety.

During 2012 the International Organization for Standardization published a new standard called: ISO 39001:2012 – Road traffic safety (RTS) management systems – Requirements with guidance for use. The ISO provides a tool to help organizations to reduce and ultimately to eliminate the incidence and risk of death and serious injury related to road traffic crashes.

The webinar in question offered the following information and training:

  • Road safety concepts
  • Road risk factors
  • ISO 39001:2012 standard requirements
  • Road traffic safety (RTS) in the management systems
  • Guidelines for auditing a RTS management system

DataFromSky was mentioned as a great source of data, and we must agree. The conflict heatmaps from simulation on next slide are exactly what we can deliver! Furthermore, we can do this from real data.

Stay tuned for more news about road safety…

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Videos from Bayonne, France

Working together with UAV640, we took a look at a roundabout in the center of Bayonne and ran our analytic tools on it.

As you can see, DataFromSky can use higher resolution just fine…

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Venice – Final analysis

You probably remember the recording in Venice: Blimp recording in Venice, Recording in Venice in detail. We have obtained permission to share some of the results, so we can show you what can DataFromSky do for you, too!

Speed profile

The speed profiles for both areas were extracted.

At a glance, one can see what speeds belong to which path through the crossroads. It is also plainly visible which trajectories belong to slow and which to speedy drivers. In this case, the total area captured and analyzed is too small to show bigger changes in speeds, though.

Speed profile, Caposile roundabout
Speed profile, Portegrandi T-intersection

Area coverage

Density of trajectories corresponds to area usage. One can thus estimate how much of the road’s width is actually used by passing vehicles, and where the wear of roadway is most intensive.

Area coverage, Caposile roundabout
Area coverage, Portegrandi T-intersection

Conflict areas

DataFromSky can detect situations where vehicles become too close, or have to slow down to let each other pass. This is a visualization of these events’ spatial distribution. You can easily see that there is a single point for the T-intersection and estimate from the pattern at roundabout that its southern leg is far less used.

Conflict areas, Caposile roundabout
Conflict areas, Portegrandi T-intersection


Deflection and radius analysis

Deflection angle and radius analysis, Caposile roundabout

Deflection angle denotes the part of road which requires circular movement. Radius describes the size of that circle. Both can relate either to the shape of road, or actual trajectory used by vehicles.

DataFromSky provides real vehicle trajectories, so actual deflection angles and radii can be measured. These depend on the combination of entry and exit points, so it’s natural to split the trajectories into groups. Again, with DataFromSky you are not left wishing for features.

Road design validation

Road design validation, Portegrandi T-intersection

Last but not least, the trajectory data from DataFromSky is exactly what you need to validate design of the road. Whatever the design process, verifications, and modelling tell you before, here you get real data about the situation.

Pictures used in this post are only illustrative and do not match the text perfectly. All trajectories are visualized, instead of particular groups.

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New partners

We are pleased to announce our exciting new partnerships with UAV640, ATEC-3D, Airpixa, and Telink to distribute DataFromSky solution within European Union. Welcome on our board!


UAV640 is a French company based in Bayonne. The tagline on their website, “drone and dirigible services for industry“, is a very brief way of describing what they do.

UAV640 has a number of rotary wing drones, two independently manoeuvrable miniature airships for larger payloads, and a tethered baloon. The wide range of types is ideal for traffic monitoring purposes, providing hardware for both shorter and longer studies.

Apart from deploying a diverse fleet of aerial vehicles, UAV640 has a training centre for UAV operators and a lab.

UAV640 logo


ATEC-3D is a British UAV operator. Currently, their focus is on aerial photography, mine surveying, inspections and environmental usage. We hope to work together on traffic analysis in future, too!



Airpixa is a British UAV operator. From their site: AirPixa specialises in photography and engaging corporate video productions with a special emphasis on aerial work. Again, we are looking forward to working together on traffic analysis…

Airpixa logo


Telink is a Czech company providing sales, repairs and renting of UAVs.

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Czech e-magazine writes about DataFromSky

An article about us appeared in Czech e-magazine This is a result of a visit by Jan Sedlák a few weeks earlier. focuses on IT commerce and is part of portfolio of Mladá fronta, one of the biggest publishing houses in Czech republic. Needless to say, we are pleased to be covered by them!

The article itself mostly just skims on the surface of DataFromSky as a solution, as is to be expected from an article of this length. You can learn something about the business situation of RCE Systems, our company, though.

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