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We took part in Smart Mobility World 2015

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The famous Italian exhibition Smart Mobility World also this year allowed to exhibit some of the best innovations within the traffic and mobility field. Every year more and more smart and technological, and we were there!

Therefore we would like to thank to all our visitors for their interest in the exposition and our video analysis service which helped them to get a deeper understanding, for visiting our conferences (Smart Mobility World 2015 presentation), bilateral meeting, or simply for standing by and giving us some kind words.

Thanks to Smart Mobility 2015 we had the opportunity to hear people’s opinions and see their interest in a project we’ve been developing for two years, with commitment and dedication, in order to provide a service that is currently one of a kind. The important results we’re getting, that can be seen on our videos and confirmed by our partners, are something we’re very proud of.

We would also like to thank to la Repubblica magazine for mentioning us in their article “Smart mobility world, il futuro è prossimo nelle città italiane“.

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Invitation to Smart Mobility World 2015


Smart Mobility World 2015 is coming soon and we will be there. 28 – 30 October 2015 in Monza (Italy) we will participate at the exhibition together with TAU company specialized in traffic engineering.

We would also like to invite you to our presentation at Smart Mobility Forum in UAV & Traffic session. You can look forward to hearing about Solutions and Applications in Smart Mobility World by Andrea Marella representing DataFromSky.

We hope to meet you there.

For more information about Smart Mobility World click here.

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DronEzine.it mentions DataFromSky and Smart Mobility World 2015

DronEzine, an Italian electronic drone magazine, published an article dedicated to Smart Mobility World 2015. This year, a section will be dedicated to drone use in the field of traffic, intelligent transport systems and mobility. The article mentioned DataFromSky: “All over the world, the businesses that use UAV for this kind of mission have proliferated, such as DataFromSky, to mention just one name“.

We are happy to be mentioned, since we are planning to participate again this year, after our participation last year in Turin. The 2015 edition will start on 28th October at the Italian F1 circuit in Monza, conveniently located in time and space near the end of Expo 2015. Don’t hesitate and come!

Read the whole article in Italian (or the vaguely useful Google translation).

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Venice – Final analysis

You probably remember the recording in Venice: Blimp recording in Venice, Recording in Venice in detail. We have obtained permission to share some of the results, so we can show you what can DataFromSky do for you, too!

Speed profile

The speed profiles for both areas were extracted.

At a glance, one can see what speeds belong to which path through the crossroads. It is also plainly visible which trajectories belong to slow and which to speedy drivers. In this case, the total area captured and analyzed is too small to show bigger changes in speeds, though.

Speed profile, Caposile roundabout
Speed profile, Portegrandi T-intersection

Area coverage

Density of trajectories corresponds to area usage. One can thus estimate how much of the road’s width is actually used by passing vehicles, and where the wear of roadway is most intensive.

Area coverage, Caposile roundabout
Area coverage, Portegrandi T-intersection

Conflict areas

DataFromSky can detect situations where vehicles become too close, or have to slow down to let each other pass. This is a visualization of these events’ spatial distribution. You can easily see that there is a single point for the T-intersection and estimate from the pattern at roundabout that its southern leg is far less used.

Conflict areas, Caposile roundabout
Conflict areas, Portegrandi T-intersection

Other

Deflection and radius analysis

Deflection angle and radius analysis, Caposile roundabout

Deflection angle denotes the part of road which requires circular movement. Radius describes the size of that circle. Both can relate either to the shape of road, or actual trajectory used by vehicles.

DataFromSky provides real vehicle trajectories, so actual deflection angles and radii can be measured. These depend on the combination of entry and exit points, so it’s natural to split the trajectories into groups. Again, with DataFromSky you are not left wishing for features.

Road design validation

Road design validation, Portegrandi T-intersection

Last but not least, the trajectory data from DataFromSky is exactly what you need to validate design of the road. Whatever the design process, verifications, and modelling tell you before, here you get real data about the situation.

Pictures used in this post are only illustrative and do not match the text perfectly. All trajectories are visualized, instead of particular groups.

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Recording in Venice in detail

You have already read about the recording in Venice. Now that the work is finished, we can share a closer look at the whole process.

Motivation

The surveys were done near Jesolo – a famous seaside resort known for its abundant holiday facilities and a 15-kilometre (9 mi) beach called Lido di Jesolo. At the height of its touristic life, Jesolo hosts 6 million tourists per year. Traffic data in the area are fundamental.

ESSEOTTO Engineering was interested in a deep analysis in the field of road safety and road traffic on rural roads in Province of Venice. This first test concentrated on various types of intersections: T-intersection and a small roundabout. They didn’t want to only survey traffic (counting and classification) but also many other parameters such as: speeds, acceleration, time, distance and other parameters fundamental for road safety. Only DataFromSky is capable of helping them – there is no other way to collect all of this data comprehensively.

The places

Let’s take a look at the places of recording.

Small roundabout – Caposile

The first intersection is a typical Italian compact roundabout in front of the urban area. Here, interactions with other type of road users than just cars can take place. Since the speeds are lower than at other types of intersections, in this case the objects of study were roundabout angle deviation and trajectories arising from interaction with pedestrians.

T-intersection – Portegrandi

The second is a typical T-intersection between two rural roads: a primary road and a secondary road with a stop signal. The main issues are the speeds on the primary road and the conflict points on turn-left manoeuvres from primary road.

On-site operations

A date was selected and the engineers from TAU could finally come and do their thing – fly their blimp and record a video of the traffic. The recording was from height of 40-70 meters and gathered a total of 4.5 hours or 270 minutes of traffic footage for analysis.

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The weather was very severe, and in fact a storm warning was issued for the day. The blimp rocked wildly in the winds, turning to and fro madly. Despite that, the recording could be stabilized in-software and used. The height to which the blimp was allowed to rise was limited by the weather, too. Fortunately, both of the sites were completely kept in view of the camera all the time, so there wasn’t any problem with processing.

Results

A lot of interesting data was gathered in a short space of time. Thanks to these surveys, ESSEOTTO Engineering is now able to analyse the infrastructure with more efficiency.

Road traffic and OD matrix
Thanks to the field of vision, granted by vantage point above the intersections, we are able to detect every vehicle and know its destination, with 100% accuracy.
Road safety analysis
ESSEOTTO engineers are studying trajectories and driver behaviour to understand incorrect manoeuvres and improve intersections’ road safety.
Road design
A new concept of infrastructure design is growing – allowed by the rich data available with DataFromSky. Thanks to geometric parameters such as angle deviation, lane occupancy, speed profile and much more, a traffic engineer can carry out new designs with better accuracy and data firmly grounded in reality.
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Blimp recording in Venice

A series of recording happened around Venice in recent days. A big difference from our “traditional” quadcopter-based approach was the vehicle used for carrying the camera: a tethered blimp.

This pilot project involved TAU, TrafficLab and S8 Esseotto.

The blimp visited three crossroads around Venice, recording from height of 40-70 meters a total of 4.5 hours or 270 minutes of traffic footage for analysis. The weather was somewhat disfavourable, with strong gusts of wind. The results turned out excellent, though.

Analysis of the videos is underway.

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Blimp on the truck Blimp in the air Blimp high in the sky

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New partners

The number of partners has increased in the recent days by four with TAU, Sky Eye Innovations, University of Palermo and Department of Mechanics, Energy, Management and Transportation Engineering at University of Genova.

TAU

TAU is a short for Trasporti e Ambiente Urbano s.r.l. The Milano-based company provides turn-key traffic analysis services, using its helium-filled balloons for recording video and DataFromSky as a subcontractor for processing and analysis.

Sky Eye Innovations

Sky Eye Innovations is a Swedish company based in Stockholm, focusing on production and renting of custom-built UAVs. They will offer video recording services and distribution of DataFromSky.

University of Palermo

Professor Gianfranco Rizzo from University of Palermo is working on advanced research into transportation – now with help from DataFromSky, too.

University of Genova

Department of Mechanics, Energy, Management and Transportation Engineering at University of Genova becomes another of our academic partners.

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il Nuovo Cantiere article shows our work

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il Nuovo Cantiere is a Italian magazine with long tradition. The magazine focuses on construction, industry and trade. In December they published an article called La rivoluzione dei droni (The Drone Revolution).

The article is almost evenly split. The first half focuses on regulations, the second describes the advances and changes that drones bring. Our work is featured in a significant portion of pictures, even if it is not discussed in detail.

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leStrade article about us

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leStrade is a prestigious Italian transport-oriented magazine. Our partner website TrafficLab.eu just announced that a six-page article about DataFromSky has been published in the December issue, which is available online on Issuu. Find us on pages 88-93!

The article opens with a flattering but accurate description of DataFromSky: A technique that crossed the boundary from sci-fi to reality. The bulk of the article describes the possibilities DataFromSky software opens in conjunction with drones/UAVs in the field of aerial monitoring and analysis of traffic. The article does not deal with the inner workings and technologies involved, and is suitable for general audience.

If you don’t wish to browse the whole magazine, the article (in Italian) is attached as a PDF (2.8 MB).

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A look back at DronItaly 2014

Here is a short look back to DronItaly 2014 Milan, where we showcased our software and the possibilities it opens for aerial traffic monitoring and analysis using drones. Thank you for coming – and if you didn’t come, you can still check out our presentation for the event titled Traffic monitoring by UAV, which describes our traffic analysis software. It is available as PDF without videos.

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Empty DataFomSky booth with posters at DronItaly 2014 Andrea Marella, talking to a visitor DataFromSky presentation - intro DataFromSky presentation - setting up the software for aerial traffic analysis of roundabout

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