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.
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.
In case you are interested in what COWI is up to, check out COWI city creators. It is a blog by COWI departments of Urban and Traffic Planning. The blog is about “urban planning, transport, architecture and much else that goes on in one of Northern Europe’s largest environments for urban development”.
RCE Systems and COWI announce a strategic exclusive partnership in the geographic area of Nordic countries – Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The partnership focuses on application of information technologies in transportation, particularly use and further development of DataFromSky.
COWI is a leading consulting group with a 360° approach. The Danish company has a long-proven record of success, serving customers from the Nordic countries and the whole world in the field of civil engineering, including traffic analysis. The partnership enables COWI to provide more accurate and comprehensive traffic information and analysis using DataFromSky. Hence, COWI will help DataFromSky grow professionally and reach more markets.
COWI handles all commercial use of DataFromSky in the Nordic countries, and key personnel can be contacted directly:
Another video from Denmark analyzed, this time from a 4-way junction in the center of Charlottenlund and processed as a demo for WeFly. In slightly over 3:45, almost 140 vehicles pass, at an average speed of 10 kph. The traffic flow appears to be 2163 vehicles/hour.
There is a public school nearby, so there are a lot of student pedestrians in addition to cars.
The footage was taken on 20.11.2015 from the altitude of 57 meters. The camera used was GoPro 4 on a gimbal, recording in full HD at 50 FPS.
It’s time for yet another roundabout from Denmark! This time recorded in the city of Randers, using a tethered drone at altitude of 70 meters and processed as a 5-minute demo for COWI. Given that the drone’s range was 80 meters and it appears to be placed some 90 meters away, the result is certainly nice.
Frame rejection capability
Somewhat less nice is that the video has a few erroneous frames (images). So, we added function to fix that – marking frames as rejected for analysis. It does not mesh perfectly with all of the DFS parts yet: You may notice the background blinks (video problem) and that trajectories are smooth (data is cured), but somewhat confusing is that the labels themselves will jump (visualization breaks). Well, that’s a problem of display only, and will get better soon. The data is correct, that mattered as the first goal.
(Note also that since the web video player drops some frames on its own, you have about a 50/50 chance to even notice any single bad frames from the video below – you can try hunting for the one that occurs at about 0:50).
Objects tracked: 220
Total distance travelled: 24314 m
Average speed: 10.31 km/h
As Denmark has become first country in the world using real-time traffic data all around the country we got the opportunity to analyse one of many busy crossroads in there. For us it is the second time monitoring traffic in Denmark, this time in Rismarksvej. The intersection is four-way and bicycles friendly and controlled by traffic lights.
Length of analyzed video: 11 minutes
Number of objects being tracked: 525 (vehicles and bicycles)
Total distance traveled: 89 044.4 metres
Average speed: 11.104 km per hour
The exact location is:
And we would like to thank to RAMBOLL for providing us a video.