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Smart parking using drones

Can a drone help you to find a free parking spot more easily? Yes, with DataFromSky Aerial AI!
For many cities all around the world, parking is a major source of revenue but also a primary cause of traffic congestion and sometimes a true nightmare for drivers. In the last few years, many smart parking solutions have been conceived and some of them implemented, such as embedded sensors in the ground that relay to a smartphone when a parking space is available. But instead of tearing up the asphalt to build in these costly sensors, what if cities used drones to monitor parking availability?

Moreover, there is a huge future potential for self-parking autonomous vehicles, that lots of car companies are developing nowadays. On the infrastructure side, there still needs to be information made available to the cars so they know where to park. DataFromSky can easily help with that – detect a free parking spot and easily navigate the autonomous car to that place.

The use of drones is becoming increasingly useful when conducting parking studies, utilizing far less manpower, while collecting more comprehensive data compared to standard methods. The drone video survey can provide additional insights into site conditions that would not be captured otherwise, such as queueing or illegal parking. Short sample of such study using DataFromSky is demonstrated by the following video:

For fixed long-term monitoring of the occupancy of a parking lot in real-time, we at RCE have developed Parking DetectionTechnology for Smart Cities.

ParkingDetection is a new and unique smart parking system using AI, that overcomes the limitations of traditional methods of parking management such as inground sensors or overhead sensors. No need for costly pavement work or ground installations! Under the ideal conditions, one smart camera can monitor up to 400 parking spaces at once!

What can Parking Detection offer?
– provides information of individual parking places – real-time occupancy evaluation including vehicle classification
– detects parking rules violations
– supervision of payment discipline – possibility to connect with payment machines
– allow defining your own parking rules, for example:

      a rule for maximum parking time
      a rule for the types of vehicles that can stand in chosen space

– integrates LED info panels and navigates the driver to free parking space
– provides an intuitive web interface for parking management
– offers advanced statistics and reports
– includes a mobile PD application for drivers – navigation to a free parking spot, availability of free spots, payment, personal vehicle monitoring (the driver is informed through our app, if the vehicle is being manipulated)
– app for car park operators or police for better management and supervision of the car park

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DataFromSky in Czech press

An article about DataFromSky appeared in Czech e-magazine Svět-chytře. This online newsletter focuses on smart solutions in various areas, including smart businesses, smart cities and municipalities, or smart government.

The article itself describes DataFromSky as a solution, which is often used to determine the traffic situation and evaluate the existing infrastructure, whether it is sufficient or not. Do you need a safety study of a particular traffic junction? Do you want to know the capacity of the roundabout? Analyze peak hours and driver’s behavior patterns in these critical periods in busy road segments? Or monitor a risky behavior of drivers on highways etc.?
The combination of drone technology for data collection and advanced video processing tool – DataFromSky – assists many users such as government entities and road agencies for effective traffic monitoring and management, police forces for continuous, precise and inconspicuous surveillance of the traffic situation, traffic engineers and many others. Because small UAVs can provide very good situational awareness from the bird’s eye perspective, it can be used in several situations in traffic monitoring, surveillance and control.
Besides traffic, the list of potential uses of DataFromSky technology goes on and on. There is congestion monitoring during mass events, crowd control during the demonstrations and strikes, perimeter surveillance and much more.

As the article summarize, our AAI (Aerial Artificial Intelligence) uses deep neural networks that are trained on millions of shots from junctions of all over the world, including Mexico, United Arab Emirates, the United States, India and other countries of the world. The machine learning is an ongoing process and the ability to automatically analyze and detect the objects in the video is constantly improved. Thanks to that, DataFromSky analysis reaches the accuracy over 98,5 %.

For more information, read the full article (available only in Czech language).

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Safety analysis using data from 8 drones at once!

Another great project has been accomplished, among other things, thanks to DataFromSky analysis! DataFromSky has made a traffic study of a corridor in the city of Fairfield in Connecticut, U.S.. The data were used for an extensive Safety analysis of the whole corridor called Black Rock Turnpike. The study, created by The Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG) and FHI, identifies strategies to create a safe and attractive pedestrian environment, a robust infrastructure for bicyclists, and linkages between residential areas and the shops, businesses and restaurants along Black Rock Turnpike.

Black Rock Turnpike is a major arterial that serves one of the city’s largest business and commercial districts. According to the estimates, approximately 20,000 vehicles utilize this corridor every day. As the results of the analysis show – although Black Rock Turnpike has a posted speed limit of 50 km/h (30 miles/h), the average speeds are between 55 – 65 km/h (35-40 miles/h). The road widths, speed, high traffic volume and numerous curb cuts create an unsafe and uninviting pedestrian environment. Click on this link to read more about the whole project.

Analyzed area

However, what is truly remarkable about this analysis is the method how the data were recorded and analyzed. To be able to cover the whole corridor, which is roughly 1,3 km in length, up to 8 drones recording at the same time were needed! This allowed us to analyze the corridor as a complex scene, obtain the complete trajectories of vehicles for the whole analyzed route and create the detailed Origin-destination statistics! What were the key conditions for the successful analysis?

  1. top-down view position (bird’s eye perspective)
  2. space overlap – at least 10 % of overlap in the analyzed area from each side
  3. time overlap – all the drones started filming at the exact same time


Take a look at the video of raw output of 8 drone videos merged together:

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DataFromSky measures speeding

New video analysis comes from Czech Republic and measures the speeding!
In this demonstration survey, we tracked 204 vehicles which traveled 114 kilometers in total, averaging 555 m per vehicle. The average speed was 34,5 kph.

The video is displaying the sections with maximal speed allowed and highlights vehicles that have exceeded this speed. In the DataFromSky Viewer, you can create such a measured area simply using a polygon, where you can define the conditions under which the alert should appear (e.g. to which categories of vehicles does the rule apply, speed range etc.).

Do you have a video you want to get analyzed? Send us an inquiry and we will create an advanced traffic study right away! Contact us directly at this link.

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DataFromSky in Drone Market Environment Map 2018

Another great success!
We are proud to announce, that DataFromSky is mentioned in the Drone Market Environment Map for 2018, among the companies and people that are set to have the biggest impact on the drone market in this year! The map includes around 1000 companies and organizations in 12 main sections, that will truly drive and define the drone industry. You can find DataFromSky in the Software section – Computer Vision/AI & Navigation. To read the article or see the whole map, click on this link.


Source: droneii.com

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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): t.adema@roelofsgroep.nl
  • Marcel Grit (Commercial director): m.grit@roelofsgroep.nl
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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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    New version of DataFromSky Viewer brings special features!

    New enhanced version of our software tool for advanced data interpretation and visualization – DataFromSky Viewer – comes up with few very useful and special features! We have added new functionality: Object presence alert.

    By a polygon you can define a zone with guarded objects – you can even create conditions under which the alert will appear. This functionality transforms DataFromSky to a perfect mobile solution for monitoring of areas of interest such as airports, military establishments, border lines and other areas with increased demands for flexible protection against penetration of intruders. If you want to get more information about the current state of development, please do not hesitate to contact us using any of our contact details!

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    DataFromSky & COWI – traffic analysis in Copenhagen

    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.

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    Multilevel intersection – no problem for DataFromSky

    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.

    Stationary time
    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.

    Video parameters:
    Hight: 81 m, top-down view
    Tool: drone
    Place: multilevel intersection, Kato Varibobi – Greece

    Take a look at the video below, demonstrating new useful functionalities of DataFromSky!

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