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Improving the traffic conditions in Brussel with DataFromSky

Our partner Roelofs has made an analysis with DataFromSky for a big junction in the city center of Brussel, Belgium. The analysis covers the junction between the Leopold II Lane and Sainctelette – one of the biggest and most complex junctions in Brussel. In this case, the video is made by a tethered drone to get a longer survey. Thanks to DataFromSky, it is possible to create a detailed traffic study which was handled to the government of Brussel and its Mobility department, providing the correct data for creating solutions that can improve the traffic flow and safety of this junction.

DataFromSky Aerial analysis is providing complete and detailed telemetry data about each traffic participant:

  • complete object trajectories (time, position, speed, acceleration in coordinate system UTM or WGS84) – visualization in program or various exports
  • classification of all objects into 7 main categories (including bicycles and pedestrians)
  • vehicle counts via configurable counting gates
  • detailed OD matrix and turning movements count in defined directions
  • speed and acceleration anywhere in the scene, heatmaps
  • lane assignment
  • measurement of critical headway (gap) and follow-up headway
  • safety analysis (Time to collision measurement, PET, Heavy breaking etc.)
  • and much more!
  • Do you want to use DataFromSky project in your project? Contact us with your query!

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    DataFromSky Aerial analysis in the Netherlands

    ROELOFS, an exclusive partner of DataFromSky in the Netherlands, carried out comprehensive traffic research of a traffic node in the province of Gelderland. The data collected with a drone and analyzed by DataFromSky Aerial platform will be used as the main source for a study for planned major maintenance in 2021.

    The drone was deployed at the roundabout of the N318 Misterweg in Winterswijk. When preparing for the major maintenance of this road, it is also being examined whether road safety can be improved. Besides other things, DataFromSky offers many great features for analysis of traffic behavior and road safety, including analysis of risky situations or near collisions, calculation of Time to Collision, Heavy Breaking and analysis of many other factors.
    For many years, the data were collected by people standing on the side and observing the traffic, then the data were evaluated manually. This process was lengthy, inefficient, and had low-precision data output. All of these shortcomings are overtaken with a new modern approach combining 2 great technologies of today world: drones and AI.


    Traffic flow – trajectories: green – cars, yellow – heavy vehicles, red – bicycles, blue – pedestrians

    Read a post in “de Gerlander” online magazine.

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    DataFromSky supported by Technological Agency of CR

    The whole team of DataFromsky is happy to announce that the Technological Agency of Czech Republic has supported our project in the international programme “Delta”. We have succeeded with a project called “Traffic management platform development for big social events using a drone based on visual sensing techniques”.

    The aim of the project is to develop an aerial artificial intelligence – a comprehensive mobile platform for real-time monitoring of traffic and big social events, using a UAV and advanced methods of computer vision based on artificial intelligence. The goal of is to develop a fast-deployable system for real-time surveillance of the defined area with automatic object recognition and classification, monitoring and automatic motion evaluation. Extracted image data will be analyzed in order to detect some nonstandard behavior, congestion, zone disturbance, and other user-defined parameters. Traffic data will be used for the immediate evaluation of traffic using simulations. The system has a high potential of being deployed in the traffic monitoring segment (police drone) or in a security field.

    The novelty of the solution is in the implementation of intelligent UAV, which will provide information about moving objects during the flight operation, and interpret this data in the context of a particular application. This highly mobile platform is used wherever it is necessary to analyze the real-time situation.
    The project is a multidisciplinary task that combines the latest trends in mobile robotics (UAV), computer vision, and automated telemetry analysis. The system will be integrated into a higher unit to evaluate traffic situations and traffic plans based on simulations.


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    Advanced roundabout analysis with DataFromSky

    Need to perform operational analysis of a roundabout based on the real traffic data? DataFromSky supports the calculation of a wide range of operational parameters such as critical-gap time / follow-up time / critical headway etc. Get super accurate traffic data for your research and/or traffic study regardless of the type of intersection using DataFromSky.

    Monitoring and analyzing traffic behavior at intersections and roundabouts is an important task in the present traffic research. Trajectory analysis provides higher-level situational awareness by understanding the behavior of every traffic element in the analyzed scene due to the rich information contained in its own motion. DataFromSky is able to extract trajectories and their spatial-temporal statistical characteristics automatically with very high accuracy and high sampling frequency. Accurate traffic data is essential in any modern research in the field of traffic analysis such as:

  • Motion pattern classification, Abnormal motion pattern detection,
  • Traffic mining, Prediction of non-recurrent short-term traffic patterns,
  • Developing next-generation driving behavior models, Trajectory clustering,
  • New perspective on merging behavior – gap seeking instead of acceptance behavior,
  • Evaluation of traffic simulation methods / models on real data, Capacity estimations,
  • Traffic congestion studies, Travel-time, Vehicle counting, Trajectory based analysis,
  • Road safety, Pedestrian and cyclist safety, Road-user interactions, Smart analysis,
  • Driver decision making and complex multi-actor interactions, Traffic instabilities,
  • Empirical evidence of multi-anticipation (drivers have multiple leaders),
  • Study of behavior adaptation effect.
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    Automatic traffic analysis on an area of 55,000 square meters? Possible!

    Object counting and classification, gathering speed & acceleration data, O/D matrix and much more on an area of 55,000 square meters. DataFromSky is the name of the most advanced Aerial AI for an understanding of movements in videos taken by drones, balloons or helicopters.

    Take a look at another nice shot from Italy taken from a balloon. The length of the video is 2 hours and 31 minutes. DataFromSky tracked 5 455 objects (4881 cars, 325 medium vehicles, 77 heavy vehicles, 68 buses, 101 motorcycles, 1 bicycle, and 2 pedestrians) with the average speed of 12.24 km/h and the total distance traveled by all participants reaching 1 847 km! Do you need extremely accurate data about traffic flow? Contact us!

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    Visit us on HiTech China Expo in Shenzhen

    DataFromSky is participating on Hi-Tech China exhibition in Shenzhen! One of the biggest hi-tech event in Asia is held from 14. to 18. 11. 2018 in the Convention and Exhibition Center in Shenzhen. You can find us on the stand together with the Czech governmental agency Czech Trade. Come to visit us on stand nb. 1A93 in Hall 1!

    Click here to see the event’s website.

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    DataFromSky on Traffic Science Congress in Netherlands

    Roelofs, partner of DataFromSky for BENELUX region, is participating on the National Traffic Science Congress, held on 31st October and 1st November 2018 in Conference Center in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

    During the congress on November 1st, Mr. Tim Adema, the head of the Traffic & Transport cluster in Roelofs, will give a lecture on the Traffic Research and will discuss the use of drones and advanced software analytics in traffic surveys. The topic to the discussion is also what are the main advantages of drones in traffic surveys over the traditional methods.

    Do not miss the lecture Traffic research 2.0: Thursday 1 November 15:40 and find out more about the innovative approach of the traffic surveys using drones and DataFromSky software!

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    New version of DFS Viewer brings advanced Safety analysis

    We are proud to announce that a new version of the DataFromSky Viewer is now available and brings lots of new amazing features for the advanced Safety Analysis. Do you want to evaluate how many risky situations and dangerous driving events occurred on the road? Use our DataFromSky intelligence! We can count the milliseconds to the near accident and predict the accident before it happened!

    Traffic safety is a very important subject in the traffic industry and therefore our focus in this version was mainly on the new Safety Analysis feature that detects traffic conflicts like Time to Collision, Post-Encroachment Time or Heavy Braking in the scene. The DataFromSky Viewer now becomes a first tool that allows the user to detect and interactively analyse various traffic conflict situations between different traffic objects. Besides the standard ways of detecting the preemtive traffic conflicts, we used an innovative approach to simulate traffic object movement. Due to the huge interest in the traffic Safety Analysis, you can look forward to new features regarding this topic in the near future.

    Enjoy a video showing an example usage of the new Safety Analysis feature:

    The development of DataFromSky Safety Analysis features is done in collaboration with FAST VUT Brno and is supported by Technological Agency of Czech Republic (TAČR, project TH02010882).

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    DataFromSky can save lives not only in transport

    Those of you who are following us regularly know that we are constantly working on improving and creating new possibilities of use for our DataFromSky Aerial Artificial Intelligence platform. DataFromSky can help to save lives not only in the transportation area, but also as a very powerful SAR (Search and Rescue) system!

    We are currently developing a unique body recognition application – a software that recognizes human bodies from aerial pictures to find missing people much easier and faster. DataFromSky AAI Rescue system reduces the time required to rescue lost people or help with finding victims of natural disasters or some unexpected situations. Together with a greek UAV partner, we are working on the concept that can save lives in cases of natural disasters such as happened recently in the Greek resort of Mati.

    Given the concerns inherent in large regions due to limited rescue distribution, UAV-based frameworks are a promising platform for providing aerial imaging. The primary role of such intelligent drone is to assist in search & rescue, structure and commercial building fires, wildland fires, and help document natural disasters while helping to find the victims faster! With a thermal imaging camera, there is a high chance to detect fires already at its beginnings and possibly to prevent a disaster.


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    New release of DataFromSky Viewer

    DataFromSky team is constantly working on developing and upgrading our software tool for advanced data visualization and interpretation DataFromSky Viewer. We have recently released a new enhanced version of this tool, including many improvements, modifications and new features! The new version of the Viewer is much more user-friendly, we have simplified the structure of the Menu and the main toolbar and make the UI easier to work with.

    What are the most important news and features added?
    – possibility to export the data in WGS84 coordinates
    – measurement of headways both in seconds and in meters (exporting these data to CSV is a matter of course)
    – possibility to export the data for all configured gates into one single file,
    – possibility to export a video with anonymization regions
    – video position is shown also in milliseconds from the start of the video
    – added information about the number of currently occurring trajectories in the frame
    – video rotation

    We have also created a completely new DataFromSky Demo package for you! You can download a free trial version of DataFromSky Viewer with the full functionality directly on our website (go on our homepage and click on “Try and See” at the bottom)! The demo package contains one short sample video of a roundabout and presents what is DataFromSky capable of in its full version:
    – creating and definition of counting gates by the user
    – classification of all objects (including bicycles or pedestrians)
    – advanced export functions into CSV, XLS, AutoCad enabled
    – OD matrix/turn count in defined directions – color overlay, excel report for all configured gates
    – speeds and acceleration measurement anywhere in the scene – displayed number or colored overlay –> creation of heat maps
    – advanced traffic analysis: Time to Follow (Tf) or Gap Time analysis (Tg)
    – stationary time measurement and export
    – headways measurement and export in seconds and meters

    Take a look at this video, where the basic system functionalities are presented to provide you quick and easy introduction to the software environment. Click on this link.

    Naturally, we do not rest on our laurels and we are already working on a new version of the Viewer, which includes the advanced Safety analysis and detection of collisions and near accidents. Follow our progress!

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