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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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Release of DataFromSky LIGHT platform!

Become a traffic expert and send you data for DFS Light analysis right now and you will get some Free Credits to the start!

The DataFromSky Light is a fully automatic online service platform that detects, classifies and tracks all traffic objects in any video source using artificial intelligence, deep learning methods, and the most advanced image processing algorithms trained on millions of traffic situations. We transformed our experience from aerial videos and created the ultimate solution for video traffic analysis for low altitude cameras which is capable of learning from its mistakes. Try and see for free!


DFS LIGHT platform is here

Mining the traffic data was never easier:

1) visit our newly released web platform light.datafromsky.com and send your first video for automated analysis or create a User Account via an online sign-up form
2) upload your video, take a short break and wait for the results
3) you will receive an email with a link to download the DFS Light analysis or you can download it directly from your User account
4) analyze your data with our super tool DataFromSky Viewer Light… visit our Help section that will guide you through on how to use the Viewer and its functions

Why should you use DFS LIGHT? Countless benefits…

  • comprehensive analysis – counting, OD-matrix, turn counts, statistics, trajectories, exports and visualizations and much more just in a few clicks
  • supports up to 16 object classes – from car, truck, van up to tuk-tuk
  • valuable video data – analyze every single millisecond of your video
  • supports up to 8k videos – you won’t miss anything, detection of even the tiniest objects
  • data available in offline mode – download the results and SW to your PC and you will never lose the data
  • no need of expensive hardware – use any type of camera
  • Not yet convinced?

    Try it on your own video, it is easy and you get a short sample analysis for free from each of your video!

    DataFromSKy Light platform is a global platform, however, for the use of the service in Nordic countries or Benelux, please contact our DataFromSky Partners:

    COWI A/S
    COWI

    COWI is a leading consulting group with a 360° approach. The Danish company has a long-proven record of success, serving customers from the Nordic countries and the whole world in the field of civil engineering, including traffic analysis. DataFromSky cooperates with COWI on Nordic markets, including Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. For more info about DataFromSKy LIGHT there, contact Mr. Jonas Olesen: jool@cowi.com

    ROELOFS

    Roelofs Groep is a company with over 50-year history in the Dutch infrastructure. They focus on sustainable innovation of infrastructure, belonging into leading infrastructure specialist in the Netherlands. They are involved in various projects in the fields of energy & environment, resources, ecology, mobility, sewage and infrastructure engineering. DataFromSky cooperates with Roelofs in the region of BENELUX – Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. For more info about DataFromSky LIGHT there, contact Mr. T. Adema: t.adema@roelofsgroep.nl


    DataFromSKy LIGHT ≠ DataFromSky Aerial! Do you need super accurate traffic data of an aerial video? Speed measurement [km/h], acceleration data, heatmaps, time gaps, safety analysis are parameters of your interest? These values are not reachable with DataFromSky Light. Contact us for more information!

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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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    NVIDIA wrote article about DataFromSky!

    We are happy to share the excitement from the article which NVIDIA, well-known GPU’s provider and AI focused tech company, published about DataFromSky – our AI in the Sky!

    As the article further explains, we train our deep neural networks using thousands of hours of video footage from around the globe, shot in various weather conditions. The training takes place on NVIDIA GPUs using Caffe and TensorFlow. These specialized neural networks can then recognize objects of interest and continually track them in video footage. The data captured via this AI process is used in numerous research projects, enabling deeper analysis of object interaction and new behavioral models of drivers in specific traffic situations. Ultimately, this kind of data will also be crucial for the development of autonomous vehicles!

    We are also carrying out extensive optimizations of the whole architecture, moving to NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier, in order to be able to analyze data in real time. Our current work focus is also on the development of an online monitoring drone, which will be able to evaluate image data in real-time, directly during its flight. This type of drone can be used, for example, as a substitute for a police helicopter, or can operate as a mobile surveillance system for personal and property protection.

    Read the full article on NVIDIA blog at this link.

    We are also a member of the NVIDIA Inception program – virtual accelerator program led by NVIDIA nurtures dedicated and exceptional technological companies, who are revolutionizing industries with advances in AI and data science and help them in all stages of product development, prototyping, and deployment.

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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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