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Smart Eyes of Smart Cities

Can something as common as a camera be transformed into a complex mobile monitoring system for advanced analysis of traffic? Can we distinguish anomalous and aggressive behavior of drivers, acquire full trajectories of vehicles or even detect traffic accidents before they happen? These are some of the questions that the newest edition of a smart city magazine called D!CITY tries to answer, which included also two smart city solutions using cameras: DataFromSky and ParkingDetection and also smart city platform of our partner OMS Lighting.

In the past, the main task for cameras was to record stories, which could be, unfortunately, interpreted only by humans. Nowadays, thanks to the increasing availability of high-quality cameras and mainly due to the immense technological advancement in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the camera has become a universal sensor with application in many fields of the smart city concept, as they can serve as “the smart eyes of smart cities”. This marks the beginning of a new era, where image can be processed also by machines and where camera represents a rich source of data at even very low costs. What are the main areas of traffic analysis, where a camera already proves itself in action?

In times where individual transport increases faster than ever before, traffic congestions or even collapses can occur on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are systems which can help to achieve more fluent traffic even without expensive infrastructure changes, you just need a certain bird’s eye view. If we give camera “wings”, for example by attaching it to an unmanned aerial vehicle, we get a monitoring system for advanced traffic analysis which is not only very accurate but also at an affordable price. This is exactly what our project DataFromSky deals with – as there are several research projects that require just this type of traffic analysis. The system can detect vehicles and other participants of the traffic flow, which includes not only their trajectories and speed but also detection of possibly dangerous behavior with deep-learning and artificial intelligence. This can even detect traffic accidents before they actually happen, which can provide the traffic engineers with very valuable data about causes of traffic accidents within the tested area in order to look for ways how to avoid them in the future with convenient preventive measures.

Cameras are becoming a prominent technology for traffic analysis also at so-called “adaptive intersections”, as they can accurately detect not only vehicles, but also pedestrians and cyclists, which also play an important role in the given traffic flow. With smart traffic lights control, based on data from a network of sensors, the whole system becomes way more fluent and flexible when it comes to reaction to rapid changes within the traffic, making it also a lot safer. Another use of cameras lies in the field of smart lighting, as the camera can collect visual data and use to analyze public spaces, monitor traffic or detect anomalous behavior. This gives us many possibilities of designing smart streets with the use of a smart camera system, using something as common as public lighting.

Traffic congestion can be also caused by the situation in parking, especially in situations when drivers are trying to find an empty parking space in an infrastructure, which is already overloaded. One of the possible solutions is to use current parking spots more effectively or even navigate drivers to parking lots with available places to park their car. This is the main area of focus of the system called ParkingDetection. As far as technical and economic aspects are concerned, a camera represents a suitable sensorial solution for monitoring of even tens or hundreds of parking spots, as even very large parking lots can be covered by a single smart camera at very low costs, while magnetic sensors would be extremely expensive and even less accurate. If we also add an ALPR camera for number plate reading into the system, we get a significant number of potential technical solutions for residential parking, reservation of individual parking spots or even increased safety within the parking lot.

Are we on the brink of an age of cameras? In the not-so-distant past, autonomous vehicles, or using drones for traffic analysis would sound like science fiction. Nowadays, these technologies are already becoming a reality, also thanks to the advancement in cameras and artificial intelligence. It is becoming clear that cameras will play an important role in the future of smart cities.

The whole magazine can be found at this link.

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DFS and Parking Detection on URBIS Smart City Fair 2019

The whole team of RCE systems would like to thank all visitors of our stand on URBIS: Smart City Fair 2019, held in 5. and 6. 6. 2019 in Brno Fair Trade Centre.

We believe that solutions sparked the interest in technologies and services for cities of tomorrow. We are glad that we had a chance to introduce our solutions DataFromSky and Parking Detection to the public.
We have presented our newly released platform DataFromSky LIGHT, introducing the fully automated service of traffic from various ground video sources such as traffic surveillance cameras, action cameras, camcorders or even smartphone, and also DataFromSky AERIAL = advanced technology for traffic analysis of aerial videos recorded by a drone or balloons. Our public presentation about drones, AI and traffic monitoring impressed the visitors as well.
Parking Detection was represented by a small interactive model, on which every visitor had a chance to find out how the system works and its key benefits = accuracy, cost-efficiency and openness for integration into other SmartCity platforms.
Thanks to our partner OMS Lightning we had a chance to show, how can ParkingDetection be integrated and contribute to a complex city IoT platform such as CitySys.
Have a look at few pics from the event below.

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Visit our stand on URBIS Smart City Fair

URBIS Smart City Fair 2019 is just around the corner and, of course, DataFromSky and ParkingDetection are taking part as well! Mark the dates 5th and 6th of June into your diary, as we are looking forward to seeing you at the stand no. 20 in Brno Trade Fair! Do not miss also our public presentation about drones, AI and traffic monitoring on Digital stage, on Wednesday 5.6.2019 at 1:15 pm!

You will have a chance to see and test the DataFromSky Light analysis – we will show you real examples and use cases. Moreover, we will have our drone and DataFromSky traffic balloon on the stand!

The URBIS Smart City Fair is a culmination of the exceptional innovative potential that exists in Brno and a place where leaders in Innovation, suppliers of smart solutions for Municipal Authorities, start-ups, towns and municipalities and citizens meet under one roof. Don’t miss this event!

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Our team presents DataFromSky in the TV news

DataFromSky Team was asked by the Slovak TV to answer the question on how can traffic analysis using AI help to improve the worsening traffic situation in many large cities? Intelligent traffic analysis can help to identify main transportation problems and the causes of frequent bottlenecks or traffic conflicts. Nowadays, transport engineers have a very powerful tool for planning and detecting these shortcomings = artificial intelligence platform DataFromSky.
DataFromSky Aerial analysis is, for its high precision and detailed telemetry data about each traffic participant, utilized by many municipalities, transportation departments, traffic engineers, urban and city planners or universities and research institutions worldwide. Our Aerial analysis is often used as an input for various traffic simulation models, or in behavioral studies of drivers for self-driving vehicles.

Have a look at the full reportage in Slovak TV

(play the video from 0:35 – 5:15, available only in Czech/Slovak language).

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Article about DataFromSky in hi-tech magazine

An article about DataFromSky appeared in an e-magazine Xataka. This online newsletter focuses on smart solutions in various areas, including smart businesses, smart cities and municipalities, or smart government. The article describes our path to success, how the project DataFromSky originated, what are our achievements and future goals.
The article also describes how the data is collected and what are some special conditions and requirement for the input video for DataFromSky analysis and mentions some legal restrictions for drones and other small UAVs that vary from country to country. Further on, the process of data and trajectory extraction using the DNN and machine learning is simply explained.
Our CEO also explains the future plans and vision of DataFromSky: “We want to apply everything we have learned with our algorithms for detecting vehicles and people in services such as traffic surveillance. And here we are not talking about a post-processed analysis, but monitoring and analyzing the data in real time directly on site. This could be done by drones or by fixed cameras, and would not be limited to detecting excesses of speed. The idea is to be able to determine aggressive driving, a sufficient safety distance between cars, calculate an excess of emissions or something as simple as counting the number of cars that pass through a point in a certain period of time, matched with a license plate. It would be a big evolution of the dreaded traffic cameras that are limited to detecting speeding nowadays.”

For more information, read the full article (available only in the Spanish language) available on this link.

Moreover, we have attended several Smart City conferences with our partners (see below) and we plan to attend several more in upcoming months.

Future of Transportation world conference held in Cologne, Germany, June 20th


Smart Cities Global Technology & Investment Summit 2018 in Algiers, June 28th

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