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).
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
We at RCE have been working passionately on transforming UAVs into a game-changing technology for advanced traffic flow monitoring, opening a completely new market within the UAV industry. As the most advanced solution for traffic monitoring using aerial platforms today, DataFromSky has revolutionized the process of traffic data collection and analysis and unlocked new possibilities in the analysis of microscopic traffic behaviors, such as capacity evaluation and detection of risky situations – near accidents.
Analyzed thousands of hours of aerial video footage…
Thanks to the focused development and collaboration with our partners, DataFromSky has grown into something more than a mere tool for traffic inspection. The analysis of thousands of hours of aerial video footage has given us a unique position in the market due to the number of challenges we had to tackle, driving us to create the real Aerial Artificial Intelligence – AAI. The past few months have seen us working tirelessly on massive parallelization and optimization of AAI with a sole goal in mind – to take DataFromSky to realtime and thus create a brain for the smartest drones ever.
The police drone – let’s change the game!
However, this goal is too big for us to accomplish on our own. We focus on developing technologies and ways to easily implement them. Together with our partners, we have been pooling our resources to create solutions customized to the needs of our customers. And now we are working on something big – the police drone – and once more looking for partners who will use our technologies to gain a competitive advantage.
Let’s take DataFromSky to the next level.
Let’s create a new market together.
Let’s rethink traffic management.
For more information, please send us a direct request.
Take a look at our latest traffic analysis coming from India! DataFromSky has again proven its capabilities by carrying out the analysis of a very busy intersection in the city of Gururgram in India. The traffic flow was 507 tracked vehicles and motorcycles in just 1,5 minutes long video sequence; with regard to that, the average flow would reach up to 20,000 vehicles per hour!
Another feature that is worth mentioning and you can notice it in the video is the permanent blurring of some parts of the video. From now on, you can permanently blur the input video directly in the DataFromSky Viewer!
Watch the video below:
Some overall statistics from the analysis:
Total number of tracked objects in the short sequence of the video (1,5 minute): 507
Number of cars: 252
Number of medium vehicles: 7
Number of buses: 6
Number of motorcycles: 242
Total distance traveled: 88,5 km
Average speed: 12,5 km/h
In the picture below, the Origin-Destination matrix is showing the most used routes.
Are you interested in such traffic analysis using the most advanced software for traffic data extraction DataFromSky? Do not hesitate and contact us for an inquiry.
Another great project has been accomplished, among other things, thanks to DataFromSky analysis! DataFromSky has made a traffic study of a corridor in the city of Fairfield in Connecticut, U.S.. The data were used for an extensive Safety analysis of the whole corridor called Black Rock Turnpike. The study, created by The Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG) and FHI, identifies strategies to create a safe and attractive pedestrian environment, a robust infrastructure for bicyclists, and linkages between residential areas and the shops, businesses and restaurants along Black Rock Turnpike.
Black Rock Turnpike is a major arterial that serves one of the city’s largest business and commercial districts. According to the estimates, approximately 20,000 vehicles utilize this corridor every day. As the results of the analysis show – although Black Rock Turnpike has a posted speed limit of 50 km/h (30 miles/h), the average speeds are between 55 – 65 km/h (35-40 miles/h). The road widths, speed, high traffic volume and numerous curb cuts create an unsafe and uninviting pedestrian environment. Click on this link to read more about the whole project.
However, what is truly remarkable about this analysis is the method how the data were recorded and analyzed. To be able to cover the whole corridor, which is roughly 1,3 km in length, up to 8 drones recording at the same time were needed! This allowed us to analyze the corridor as a complex scene, obtain the complete trajectories of vehicles for the whole analyzed route and create the detailed Origin-destination statistics! What were the key conditions for the successful analysis?
- top-down view position (bird’s eye perspective)
- space overlap – at least 10 % of overlap in the analyzed area from each side
- time overlap – all the drones started filming at the exact same time
Take a look at the video of raw output of 8 drone videos merged together:
DataFromSky attended the event called Smart Startup Day organized by ČSOB (Československá obchodní banka, a. s.) and held on 26. 2. 2018 in Prague.
Smart office / Flexible workspace
Smart data and AI
Robotization and automation of internal processes
The event welcomed innovative start-ups from Czech Republic and was focused on the following topics:
It was a good opportunity to meet with other innovative startups and see their ideas and products. We hope that this event will help us to create some new business connections and to achieve greater awareness of DataFromSky also within Czech Republic.
See some pictures from the event below:
On January 10-11, Transportforum – the Nordic region’s largest annual conference within the transport sector, will be held in Linköping, Sweden. At the conference, researchers and stakeholders meet for knowledge sharing and benchmarking.
COWI, our partner in the Nordic countries, will be present with a stand (number 28) and give several lectures. On Wednesday January 10 at 15:30-17:00 Mathias Sdun, Chief Specialist at COWI, will talk about risks associated with bus stops based on analyses conducted using DataFromSky (read our recent article). Mathias will also explain how DataFromSky analysis can give us detailed information about road user’s behavior before some accidents really happen and thus give us the possibility to act preventively.
For more information click on this link and take a look into the video below, displaying some relevant traffic data.
When carrying out a complex traffic study, it may be difficult to map the entire traffic situation, especially with traditional methods. Using a solution in form of traffic research from air with a drone and DataFromSky software, all movements are recorded down and analyzed to the smallest detail for unlimited data. In addition to junctions and road sections, the system is also suitable for parking areas, events, station environments or terminals.
The benefits of traffic research from the aerial video:
- accurate data about traffic flow (counts), turning movements, speed, acceleration, travel time, stationary time (queing time) and many other traffic parameters
- reliable, detailed research without influencing traffic behavior (inconspicuous solution)
- full traffic research, almost without a human intervention
- tool to improve traffic safety
- perfect communication tool for organizations, citizens and politics
Simple insight into all data
The knowledge in form of a aerial video with exact traffic parameters, speed measurements and identification of inappropriate or dangerous behavior is a very powerful communication tool for organizations, citizens and politicians alike. Moreover, it is fairly easy to evaluate, or use the results immediately in programs for traffic simulation models such as VISSIM.
Our partner in the BENELUX region – Roelofs – has recently carried out such complex traffic analysis accross the Netherlands using the drones to analyse the crossroads – especially roundabouts and signalized intersections.
Speed-based trajectories in the analyzed area
The results obtained thanks to DataFromSky were further used to create a simulation model in VISSIM, using the real data about: vehicle categories, speed and acceleration in crossroad, intensities on each lane, vehicle gap time and origin destination statistics. This is the most accurate simulation you can achieve by using real world data! If you want to get more detailed information about the analysis results, click here .
For any inquiry of complex traffic study in regions of Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg, please contact our direct distributor of DataFromSky service for the above-mentioned areas:
Tim Adema (Senior advisor for traffic and transport): firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcel Grit (Commercial director): email@example.com
New traffic analysis from Mexico city.
The visualization video is showing capabilities of DataFromSky in very high traffic flow, where the density reaches 9 000 vehicles per hour!
Video displays IDs and categories of tracked objects (car, medium and heavy vehicle, bus, motocycle), current speed and acceleration, stationary time, traffic counting through gates, trajectories visualization and heatmaps based on average speed and acceleration.
DataFromSky has recently analyzed several traffic videos collected in United Arab Emirates, near cities of Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Output from one of these analysis may be seen below, or on our Vimeo channel. This analysis proves, that our system is adapted and capable of analyzing the videos in various weather conditions, including very dusty or sandy environment such the one in Emirates, as proven in the video.
Moreover, in recent times, our team of DataFromSky is working on development of realtime UAV solution – drone analyzer, that will be able to provide accurate traffic data right off. The main objective is to design the cutting edge technology: an UAV based solution for the purpose of active traffic management over a road network. The solution will be capable of providing real time video monitoring and traffic data collection on the road, starting with the simple vehicle counting, monitoring of traffic density, actual speed and acceleration, up to the vehicle number plate recognition. One of the specific and useful feature will be possibility to identify near accidents and collisions (identify dangerous behaviour of road users, slow moving traffic, stopped vehicles, traffic jam etc.).
Keep following our website and social pages to watch our progress (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)!