Flow analysis, speed and critical points in the city of Alba
“DataFromSky”, in other words, data that arrives from the sky through the shootings of a camera placed on a balloon. It was not so difficult to see one of these during these days in the industrial area located in Corso Asti, where the local study “TrafficLab” is going to analyze the traffic from the sky. “This is an analysis that we need for planning the new commerce building placed in this area” says the municipal officer. The results are still processing. Andrea Marella, engineer at TrafficLab, says: “We realized some aerial video at a height about 50/60 meters. The results are really interesting, because it is possible to see the traffic from a different perspective.” And explains: “This is a new methodology developed about three years ago that allows to analyze the vehicle movements from the sky. This service doesn’t interference with the sensitive data, and helps to get information automatically with our software. This can give us the number of the vehicles on the road, the traffic flow, the directions, the speeds and the conflict points.”
Looking for solutions
The camera is attached to a balloon inflated with helium. Marella adds: “We cannot use drones, because it is too difficult to have authorizations. We work in this way from a long time, with motorway companies, shopping centers and traffic local authorities and the results are very satisfactory. In this way we can have a wider vision that allows to report potentially critical situations and to find out how to solve them.”
DataFromSky in cooperation with COWI is coming with a new traffic analysis from Denmark! As in all other major cities, massive amounts of traffic goes in and out of Copenhagen every day. This leads to congestion and the everlasting discussion on how to effectively move as many people as possible. In Copenhagen, almost 50 percent of all commuting trips are made using bicycles. This results in numerous potential conflicts between bicycles and cars, and the battle for allocating and distributing sheer road surface space between the transport modes is continually on – especially at certain locations, where available space is scarce. One such place is “Christmas Moellers Plads”, an intersection complex connecting inner Copenhagen to the island Amager. Through the use of a specialized UAV and Data From Sky, COWI has obtained a complete 4-hour overview of traffic passing through this complex for both cyclists and motorists – and the interaction between the two. The data extracted now forms the basis for looking into new and better solutions that will keep this people mover perform at its best.
We never rested on our laurels! Our tool for trajectory interpretation DataFromSky Viewer is being constantly evolved and now comes with few new functionalities!
Multilevel intersection detection
DataFromSky can track vehicles in multilevel roads! As the video shows, we can track all the vehicles even when the visual occlusion appears. DataFromSky can follow the whole trajectory of the car for the tracked time and collect reliable data – average speed, acceleration, gap-time, time to follow, heatmaps or dimensions of vehicles.
Since now, we are able to count the time, for which is the vehicle in a stationary position, in other words, how long the vehicle has to wait until it passes some obstacle (intersection, traffic lights, traffic jam etc.). This figure may help to determine the utilization and load of a traffic junction.
Hight: 81 m, top-down view
Place: multilevel intersection, Kato Varibobi – Greece
Take a look at the video below, demonstrating new useful functionalities of DataFromSky!
Everyone at DataFromSky (RCE systems) would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for working with us in 2016, we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did!
DataFromSky is a unique solution for motion analysis of aerial video data. The ability to detect, track and classify moving objects from aerial videos provided by drones, fixed cameras or other video sources opens new possibilities in the field of traffic monitoring. The technology behind is under intensive development and grows more efficient every day through the embedded capability of learning from its mistakes. We are happy to announce that we have made a significant step towards enhanced accuracy thanks to the complex integration of deep neural networks into DataFromSky framework. Our deep neural networks are being trained on millions of samples 24 hours a day. The quality is quite impressive right now!
Our tool for trajectory interpretation DataFromSky Viewer also comes with a new functionality. The new version extracts parameters which are sometimes difficult to obtain, such as gap-time, time to follow, heatmaps, and dimensions of vehicles. We recognize the potential of the data we are able to obtain, and, therefore, co-work on our tools with traffic researchers and traffic engineers worldwide. The video below demonstrates the new functionality of DataFromSky Viewer. Take a look!
We are proud to announce our partnership with Elistair, from France, which has developed tethered solution for UAVs. Through this partnership, we can deliver a UAV solution for monitoring and analyzing of moving objects from bird’s-eye perspective. We are creating an unique access to unlimited aerial monitoring capabilities, for both public and private entities (traffic monitoring, perimeter security, etc.).
We teach drones to see, to understand image data!
COWI, an exclusive partner in Denmark and other Nordic countries, nicely demonstrates the possibilities of DataFromSky solution in a new video. In this video, you can see some basic outputs from DataFromSky Viewer such as speed & acceleration data, heatmaps, vehicle types etc. We have an endless list of functions that can be added or improved, so expect more to come!
All commercial use of DataFromSky in the Nordic countries is handled by COWI, and key personnel can be contacted directly:
A Workshop titled Modern methods of image recognition and processing methods was organized recently by Technical University in Liberec. The aim of the workshop was to offer insight into image processing applications from the industry, as opposed to research setting.
We presented principles of detection and classification of vehicles from aerial video data using Deep Neural Networks. As you can imagine, Deep Neural Networks are integral part of DataFromSky platform and are used in many subtasks of DataFromSky solution. If you want to know more about the magic behind, you can download the presentation (PDF, 2 MB) and/or contact us.
For the first time we have participated at Day of Czech Aviation Industry – an event dedicated to introduction and presentation of cutting edge technologies in the field of aviation industry and robotics. We demonstrated our capability to track moving objects in the aerial video data and slightly uncovered our own further plans related to perimeter security and online aerial monitoring. The event has been organized and supported by Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic in cooperation with Association of Aerospace Manufactures of the Czech Republic and Defense and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic.
We’re happy to announce another new function – coloring of trajectories according to O/D matrix. This feature completes the O/D coloring theme: You can now select to differentiate by color both the gate pairs’ highlights and individual trajectories.
In other news, DroneDeploy has recently released a report titled Commercial Drone Industry Trends. Predictably, the growth is exponential. Their data is primarily for their business, ortophoto maps – but the growth is spilling into other sectors.