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Complex traffic study in Netherlands

When carrying out a complex traffic study, it may be difficult to map the entire traffic situation, especially with traditional methods. Using a solution in form of traffic research from air with a drone and DataFromSky software, all movements are recorded down and analyzed to the smallest detail for unlimited data. In addition to junctions and road sections, the system is also suitable for parking areas, events, station environments or terminals.

The benefits of traffic research from the aerial video:

  • accurate data about traffic flow (counts), turning movements, speed, acceleration, travel time, stationary time (queing time) and many other traffic parameters
  • reliable, detailed research without influencing traffic behavior (inconspicuous solution)
  • full traffic research, almost without a human intervention
  • tool to improve traffic safety
  • perfect communication tool for organizations, citizens and politics

Simple insight into all data
The knowledge in form of a aerial video with exact traffic parameters, speed measurements and identification of inappropriate or dangerous behavior is a very powerful communication tool for organizations, citizens and politicians alike. Moreover, it is fairly easy to evaluate, or use the results immediately in programs for traffic simulation models such as VISSIM.

Our partner in the BENELUX region – Roelofs – has recently carried out such complex traffic analysis accross the Netherlands using the drones to analyse the crossroads – especially roundabouts and signalized intersections.

Speed-based trajectories in the analyzed area

The results obtained thanks to DataFromSky were further used to create a simulation model in VISSIM, using the real data about: vehicle categories, speed and acceleration in crossroad, intensities on each lane, vehicle gap time and origin destination statistics. This is the most accurate simulation you can achieve by using real world data! If you want to get more detailed information about the analysis results, click here .

For any inquiry of complex traffic study in regions of Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg, please contact our direct distributor of DataFromSky service for the above-mentioned areas:

  • Tim Adema (Senior advisor for traffic and transport):
  • Marcel Grit (Commercial director):
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    DataFromSky & COWI on Vejforum Event in Denmark

    In upcoming days, you have a chance to see DataFromSky solution and its practical use cases and demonstration on an event related to the Road & Transportation. Visit the stand of COWI, our partner for Nordic countries, on Vejforum 2017 event, an exciting conference with the theme “Roads, people and technology”, held between 6. and 7. December 2017 in Hotel Nyborg Strand, Denmark. For more information, visit the event’s website

    DataFromSky – the world’s most advanced traffic analysis
    It will also be demonstrated how advanced technologies such as computer vision, neural networking and deep learning can be used and implemented in the world’s most advanced software for comprehensive traffic analyzes and also how to utilize this solution to detect the occupancy of a parking lot in real time using an ordinary IP cameras and the AI behind.

    One of the topics presented on this event will be the “Accident Portal” – new web-based analysis tool developed by COWI that gives the Danish municipalities completely new opportunities for quickly, efficiently and through a user-friendly interface to work with traffic accidents data. The team of DataFromSky is currently working on a project evaluating the safety of a traffic node to know the potentionally risky situation and detect near accidents and accidents. This feature could be possibly utilized in the Accident Portal mentioned above.

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    Success of DataFromSky in Innovation contest!

    We, at RCE, are proud to announce that we have succeeded in a start-up contest “Connect Visions to Solutions”, organized by German-Czech Chamber of Industry and Commerce. This competition was oriented on innovative products, services and business models in field of an intelligent infrastructure, including topics such as smart mobility and traffic, energy, smart parking, E-Mobility or intelligent buildings. The competition was supported by big key players in innovative solutions such as Bosch, E.ON, PRE, Siemens, Škoda Auto, T-Mobile and Deloitte.

    We got to the Top 6 finalists and beat other 85 competing start-ups from the whole Europe! We have been chosen by Siemens to take part on the Winner’s night, which was held on 23/11/2017 in Manes Gallery in Prague, and to present DataFromSky concept in front of the jury, investors and other companies and start-ups.
    We would like to thank for this great opportunity and for seeing a great potential in what we are doing. Although we did not win, we caught lot of attention and positive feedback!

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    DataFromSky mistaken for aliens!

    Unidentified object in the skies of Trento, Italy – Aliens? Most of the citizens and local journals could think that, read some of the local newspapers. Do not worry, there is no danger of alliens attack so far, DataFromSky has a simple and reasonable explanation!

    Using a special balloon for traffic data collecting, new DataFromSky traffic analysis near the city of Trento in northern Italy was undertaken within last weeks. Specially designed ballon was used for a 3hour long study of traffic flow in the multilevel roundabout as shown in the attached image. This helium-filled balloon has many advantages for the persistent traffic monitoring, in comparison to commonly used drones and UAV, as the operating time of the balloon can reach up to 5 hours! To get more information about this solution and its specification, read this article or contact us directly on

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    DataFromSky & Traffic Innovation workshop in Dubai

    DataFromSky has participarted in PTV’s periodic event – Traffic Innovation Workshop, held on 26. 10. 2017 in Dubai, UAE! Thanks to our regional Business partner in the Middle East, the capabilities and great progress of DataFromSky system was demonstrated during this event, which is a good opportunity to bring together transportation professionals and ITS providers from public authorities, consultancies and academics.

    We are pleased, that our solution have attracted many participants of the event and that we have met with a very positive feedback!

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    New version of the Viewer can export headway data

    We have recently released a new enhanced version of DataFromSky Viewer! You can download the demo package at the home page. The list of differences includes a lot of things, so let’s take a look at few of them.

    New feature? Calculate and export headways!
    Have a look on the picture below, how to display the headway data in the Viewer. It is important to have the gates set properly per each lane to get the most accurate data. Once you have all the gates defined, choose one gate in the Traffic Analysis Gates box and click on button “Show” in More Statistics option. In a newly opened window, there is possibility to click on Calculate headways. The system will automatically calculate headways for all defined gates in the video. The headway data can be exported to the CSV file, simply by clicking on “Export”.

    Movement Dynamics Graph
    We have visualized movement dynamics for each trajectory into a graph containing information about the vehicle’s speed and acceleration (total, lateral or tangential). This graph can be created for each selected trajectory.

    Some other improvements…

  • Added option in CSV trajectory export to select time origin of the exported time stamps. Three options are available (the timestamp will be exported in accordance to the selected option):
    1. Start of Video Sequence
    2. Start of Tracking Log
    3. Start of Trajectory
  • Rewritten Gap-Time/Time-to-follow analysis to support better fine-tuned parameters
  • Added dialog for export of Gap-Time/Time-to-follow to enable user provided parameters for the analysis and export
  • Added manual (in pdf file) explaining the Gap-Time/Time-to-follow analysis
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    Using drones for perimeter security

    In terms of perimeter security, solution based on UAVs provide several advantages over mounted cameras or simply patrolling the property yourself, including mobile video surveillance, remote control and stealth.

    The key part of such solution is automatic detection and recognition of possible threats from bird-view perspective. DataFromSky is the most advance aerial artificial intelligence (AAI) trained and tested on thousands of millions of images to identify vehicles, pedestrians, bikes and other objects. It opens a new dimension of applications of drones for reliable and mobile protection of critical areas/infrastructure. Take a look at the brief demonstration of technology we are working on.

    Are you interested in cooperation? Don’t hesitate to contact us, we are looking for system and integration partners in the segment of perimeter surveillance using UAVs.

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    Realtime detection from a moving UAV?

    Massive progress we have made in DataFromSky! As we keep on further development of DataFromSky solution, we can now boast great successes in the field of automatic detection from a moving UAV!

    Imagine that you can directly detect and count the vehicles in traffic congestions while flying a drone over the traffic node! Impossible? Not anymore – since this moment, DataFromSky can detect and analyze vehicles from a flying UAV and provide information about the total number of vehicles and its category. Knowing such valuable information in real time, one can immediately predict the length of delay in the traffic congestion or the length of the tailback itself.
    The success rate of the detection exceeds 95,67 % and the detection works on 12 828 CUDA cores – the image is evaluated in 200 ms.

    See the video below, showing the raw data output from the detector – the data is not additionally modified in any way (no tracking, no filtration), however, even with the raw output we reached such a high accuracy of detection. Further data processing (tracking, etc.) will make the output even more accurate!

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    Traffic monitoring in Mexico City!

    New traffic analysis from Mexico city.
    The visualization video is showing capabilities of DataFromSky in very high traffic flow, where the density reaches 9 000 vehicles per hour!
    Video displays IDs and categories of tracked objects (car, medium and heavy vehicle, bus, motocycle), current speed and acceleration, stationary time, traffic counting through gates, trajectories visualization and heatmaps based on average speed and acceleration.

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    DataFromSky analyzed huge intersection near Dubai!

    Recently, DataFromSky has performed traffic analysis of another video from United Arab Emirates, Dubai! This huge multilevel intersection in the middle of the arabic desert, which you can see in the video below, was a challenging task due to the large area covered and the weather and climate environment with very dusty and sandy conditions. The object of the analysis was monitoring of traffic behaviour in this vast area with traffic density reaching almost 8 500 vehicles per hour!

    As you may see in the video, large area of one busy cloverleaf near the city of Dubai was analyzed – the average length of one trajectory in the video reaches 800 meters.

    If you regurarly follow our website, you may know, that we are still working on development of mobile solution, which will be capable of collecting and analyzing traffic data in real time. This smart UAV analyzer will be a subsystem of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). The main objective is to design the cutting edge technology: an UAV based solution for the purpose of active traffic management over a road network.

    See also our latest video analyzed in UAE by clicking on this link.

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