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Excel exports

We would like to announce a new great feature – reports that can be opened in the most widespread spreadsheet editor of all time (so far). Yes, Viewer can now export a complete Excel sheet listing all the possible things you want to know, starting with turning movements and ending with with an image of the annotations. If you do not use Excel, no reason to be sad – the reports are completely readable in LibreOffice, too, and probably in most other spreadsheet editors.

As an example, here is a video from EXPO Milano. Not exactly from the exhibition though, rather from a nearby roundabout during afternoon. This is another video shot from a building, this time at a very poor angle – one of the legs is completely hidden. You can see easily that the roundabout is severely congested in the first few minutes of video. Looks like an overhaul might be needed…

The video included here is a short example, the total recording includes over sixteen hundred vehicles. Anyway, you are invited to take a look at what an excel report from such a place looks like:

XLSX Excel report from the video

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Video from Iceland

EFLA, an engineering company from Iceland, asked us for a demo of DataFromSky. They selected a roundabout in Selfoss, a town in Southern Region which is its administrative center. Its growth started after construction of a bridge over the river Ölfusá – the bridge that you see in the video is its later replacement. The roundabout also lies on the Icelandic Ring road.

In this demonstration survey, we tracked 300 vehicles which travelled 57 893 meters in total, averaging 193 m per vehicle. The average speed was 27 kph.

All commercial use of DataFromSky in the Nordic countries is handled by COWI, and key personnel can be contacted directly:

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Planned features

Bounding boxes mockup

We wish to share a couple of interesting features that will be coming to DataFromSky soon. Currently, DataFromSky understands vehicles only as points. This is an outcome of using the particular technology which we chose. However, this results in one very important drawback: We can’t tell real distance between vehicles. Incidentally, we hope for many applications, which would need precise measurement of distances starting from the actual metal, not an ideal point. After this introduction, it should come as no surprise that we are working on detection of vehicle bounding boxes. This will enable much better distance measurement for safety evaluations.

Another improvement in the pipeline is addition of anonymization functions. As you can imagine, aerial recording in urban areas results in a lot of areas being exposed, while they are assumed to be hidden from sight. To protect privacy, DataFromSky will allow marking of areas for blurring or blanking.

We hope to add this soon, so stay tuned for new versions!

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DroneBlog and Intertraffic Amsterdam

DroneBlog logo DroneBlog covered us a few days ago in a post called DataFromSky offers traffic analysis of aerial video data. Given that the blog is mostly for the drone sector, there is a lot of text dealing with traffic data collection basics and particulars. There is a bit of history behind DataFromSky as well – how a group of computer vision specialists got into traffic analysis.

Intertraffic logo In other news, we are at Intertraffic in Amsterdam and the concentration of minds and companies is spectacular. We hope to get some newsworthy partnerships and arrangements!

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Partnerships in Italy and Switzerland

A few days after announcing the previous business agreement, we are happy to announce also our new partnerships for the Italian and Swiss markets.

Partnerships in Italy

Trafficlab (part of the Progectolab group) is DataFromSky partner since half 2014 and is now the Official Distributor for Italy and Switzerland of the DataFromSky market. After a great promotion and sponsorship in Italy (Dronitaly 2014, Smart Mobility Forum 2014 and 2015) we are getting great satisfaction from our major trading partner. After a start slowed by regulatory difficulties for the overflight of drones in urban area, now the reliefs start increasing day by day.

But the news does not end here. Recently two exclusive contracts with ESSE8 society and TAU have been signed. The Italian market so increases with two important business partners who will play the roles of regional exclusive sale representative. The ESSE8 engineering company has an exclusive contract until 2017 for the Veneto and Campania regions and also cooperates on the development of software applications for road safety. The company TAU specialized in monitoring and traffic simulations, has also signed an exclusive agreement until 2017 for the Lombardia Region, and is holding a balloon specifically developed for aircraft traffic surveys.

For all the Italian and Swiss market informations you can contact the Trafficlab company at the following addresses:
DataFromSky Official Distributor for Italy and Switzerland, Andrea Marella, andrea.marella@datafromsky.com

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