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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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DataFromSky LIGHT shines at NIGHT

Are you wondering is DataFromSky Light can analyze videos recorded during the night or dusk or bad light conditions? Have a look at a new video processed by our fully automatic service DataFromSky LIGHT! There is proof that yes, it can!

Automatic traffic data analysis at any time, in any weather conditions!

Do you want to test DataFromSky LIGHT and have your video analyzed? Our DFS Light analysis is free of charge!
Follow these 3 basic steps:
1) record the traffic scene using a static camera or simply your phone
2) upload the video to WeTransfer.com and send it to email address analyze@datafromsky.com
3) receive the results together with DataFromSky Light Viewer software and enjoy your data

For more information, contact us at info@datafromsky.com

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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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    Traffic accident detected with DFS Light!

    An unexpected end of the trajectories – DFS Light detected a traffic accident! Take a look at the video below.
    Have you already tested our new service DFS Light on your own video sample? If not, do not hesitate to do so! Follow these 3 basic steps to get precise traffic data faster than never:
    1) record the traffic scene using a camera or simply your phone (to reach the best results, follow the instructions in this video)
    2) upload your video to WeTransfer.com and send it to email address analyze@datafromsky.com
    3) receive the results together with DataFromSky Light Viewer software and enjoy your data
    You can upload up to 2 GB free of charge, try it today!

    Do you need more precise traffic data? Are you interested in conflict analysis and evaluation of traffic safety? If yes, take a look at our new set of tools for the safety evaluation based on the behavior of road users – click to find out more or contact us for more information.

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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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    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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    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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    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

    Follow ParkingDetection on our social media and keep up with us: Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter!

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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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    DataFromSky in Danish TV!

    We are continuously working on traffic behavior analysis of traffic participants in surrounding of schools and kindergartens in Denmark. DataFromSky together with COWI has created another data-rich analysis of traffic behavior nearby a school in Vejle Municipality. The analysis maps traffic near the school during the morning rush hour when many students arrive at school at the same time. It also gives a complex overview, where potential conflicts between cyclists, pedestrians and cars may happen.

    Based on the analysis and its outputs, it is easier to formulate some changes which should be adopted by schools to protect the safety of schoolchildren. This analysis can also lead to better decision making done by municipalities, whether to build a new crossing or add some safety features or how it is possible to change an established behavior that is dangerous or inappropriate.

    Have a look at the report in the Danish TV SYD.


    Trajectories: pedestrian (pink), bicycles (blue), cars (green)


    Heatmap showing acceleration of bicycles and pedestrians – displaying possible conflict areas

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