We are happy to announce that we have succeeded with our proposed project and get supported in Programme Epsilon 2 conducted by Technological Agency of Czech Republic:
System for Preemptive Safety Analysis of Road Network Nodes and Traffic Flow
The aim of the project is development of a preemptive quantitative system for analysis of road network nodes in terms of safety. The system will be
based on analysis of time-space information about each individual traffic member. The information will be automatically extracted with high precision
and frequency from video data collected by UAVs. The trajectory data extracted from video will be analyzed in terms of traffic safety, based on
detection of non-standard and aggressive behaviour, conflict situations, incomfort during passage etc.
The Czech Special Forces held a conference dedicated to the emerging drone threats, industry and technologies “Využití UAS a obrana proti nim” (Use of UAS and defense against them). The commercial segment was co-organized by Telink, our partner. DataFromSky took part in this event, too.
You can probably guess that being able to track objects in video is a component of many weapon technologies. In fact, our team has some experience with defense- and police-related projects. We presented DataFromSky as well as what it could do in other domains. Among the considered uses were monitoring of assets during security missions – soldiers and vehicles – and a mobile monitoring set consisting of a van carrying all the required equipment to launch a drone and process the video.
DataFromSky and RCE appeared in Czech TV last thursday! We were covered as part of Cesty k úspěchu (Ways to success) – a series about new successful Czech entrepreneurs, currently in 11th season. The series is produced by Prima TV and sponsored by Komerční Banka. Marek Vašut, a popular Czech actor, is doing the interviews.
At the series’ website is a loose transcript of the interview (Google translate). A few parts are missing, though – eg. the funny relationship between founders: Aleš was supposed to teach David at a robotics course, but the actual flow of knowledge was not unidirectional. That’s when the idea of starting RCE Systems appeared first. DataFromSky came later.
As before in Denmark, logos are dutifully blurred by the broadcaster, but you can see our footage and the interviewer openly mentions DataFromSky.
DataFromSky has in COWI an exclusive partner in Denmark and other Nordic countries since March this year. COWI’s use of drones for traffic data collection and analysis using DataFromSky has been now covered by DR, the Danish national broadcasting company. In prime time, no less!
You can watch the evening news video. The drone part starts at 6:13. Apart from showing the drone operations and interviewing various officials (all in Danish), you can see a beautiful example of DataFromSky footage there, too – although with all branding zealously removed except for the television logo. The effect of now-implemented and released anonymization is plainly visible there nicely: In the TV low picture quality it looks almost as tilt-shift photography. This is also an opportunity to take a closer look at some real hardware used practically daily for traffic analysis recording.
COWI mentioned this on their City Creators blog in article Droner flyver ind på nethinden (Drones fly into the view), where they previously introduced DataFromSky. They also mention that the commercial drone sector could employ as much as 15 thousand people just in Denmark – whether that figure also originates from the news video we do not know.
An article titled “Světová stopa mladých českých podnikatelů” (The World footprint of young Czech enterpreneurs) was published by the startup competition Nastartujtese.cz across various media, both online and in print. The article showcases the top 3 projects of the last year’s copetition (we were second) and invites submissions to this year’s round. It’s great that traffic safety is taken seriously and that we are among the Czech companies that leaver some impact on the world.
The two immediately reachable versions of the article are these by Podnikatel.cz and Peníze.cz, both in Czech. The article is scheduled to appear in print media within a few weeks, too.
Researchers from Technical University of Brno recently had an interesting idea: Use a number of students to simulate a convoy with human drivers and measure the dynamics of that situation. To do so, they turned to DataFromSky, their trusted research partner.
It is no coincidence that DFS turned out to be a great tool for such situation – our long-term vision is to be the tool for spatial movement analysis. The students’ positions were marked manually; the rest of needed processing was already part of our software.
Enough rambling, take a look!
We are excited to announce that DataFromSky has been listed as one of TOP 10 Czech start-ups in Nastartujese.cz competition! Keep the fingers crossed because the competition hasn’t finished yet.
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.
David Herman and Adam Babinec went to present DataFromSky, with a presentation as well as a stand, and talked about the applications and methods behind DataFromSky.
If you are technically minded, you can download the presentation (PDF, 2 MB) and learn more about guts of DFS and the methods used. This presentation went into significantly more detail than anything we have shared here so far – it’s a shame we did not manage to record a video. Still, our technology is innovative enough to be published in academic journals and at conferences, so hopefully we will have some papers to share later. There are still lots of ideas to try out…
In case you are curious, the complete chain of institutions behind the seminar is this: Institute of Mechatronics and Computer Engineering – Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies – Technical University of Liberec.
A faculty-wide competition of student projects called Excel@FIT took place just last Thursday at Faculty of Informatics of Brno University of Technology. RCE Systems projects, including DataFromSky, steamrolled over all other entries, winning a total of 10 awards!
As you can guess, RCE Systems, the company behind DataFromSky, employs a number of students from this faculty. The combination of working on challenging and intellectually satisfying technological problems, being paid and having a great final project certainly attracts the best!
Adam Babinec — Automatic Vehicle Trajectory Extraction from Aerial Video Data