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Camera on a balloon for studying traffic in the city of Alba

Flow analysis, speed and critical points in the city of Alba
“DataFromSky”, in other words, data that arrives from the sky through the shootings of a camera placed on a balloon. It was not so difficult to see one of these during these days in the industrial area located in Corso Asti, where the local study “TrafficLab” is going to analyze the traffic from the sky. “This is an analysis that we need for planning the new commerce building placed in this area” says the municipal officer. The results are still processing. Andrea Marella, engineer at TrafficLab, says: “We realized some aerial video at a height about 50/60 meters. The results are really interesting, because it is possible to see the traffic from a different perspective.” And explains: “This is a new methodology developed about three years ago that allows to analyze the vehicle movements from the sky. This service doesn’t interference with the sensitive data, and helps to get information automatically with our software. This can give us the number of the vehicles on the road, the traffic flow, the directions, the speeds and the conflict points.”

Looking for solutions
The camera is attached to a balloon inflated with helium. Marella adds: “We cannot use drones, because it is too difficult to have authorizations. We work in this way from a long time, with motorway companies, shopping centers and traffic local authorities and the results are very satisfactory. In this way we can have a wider vision that allows to report potentially critical situations and to find out how to solve them.”


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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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AERO Friedrichshafen – photos

Dear visitors, thank you for visiting us at AERO Friedrichshafen. If you didn’t come, here are a few photos to bring you the atmosphere of the event!

For the poster, paper and other information, check out our previous posts about AERO Friedrichshafen.

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Report from PIA15

Dear visitors, thank you for visiting us at PIA 15 in Munich. We presented our system for traffic analysis from aerial video with extraordinary success. And If you didn’t come, never mind! Here are a few photos, the poster and other files of interest.

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Discussing participants of PIA15 conference DataFromSky poster at PIA15 PIA15 conference lobby

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See also our previous posts about PIA15.

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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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