Roelofs, partner of DataFromSky for BENELUX region, is participating on the National Traffic Science Congress, held on 31st October and 1st November 2018 in Conference Center in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
During the congress on November 1st, Mr. Tim Adema, the head of the Traffic & Transport cluster in Roelofs, will give a lecture on the Traffic Research and will discuss the use of drones and advanced software analytics in traffic surveys. The topic to the discussion is also what are the main advantages of drones in traffic surveys over the traditional methods.
Do not miss the lecture Traffic research 2.0: Thursday 1 November 15:40 and find out more about the innovative approach of the traffic surveys using drones and DataFromSky software!
A very good summarizing article about the capabilities of DataFromSky and how the advanced image data processing is contributing to optimize the urban mobility has been published on LinkedIn. Several use cases in which the data from the sky might be helpful are described by this article:
– possibility of analyzing the traffic node in terms of traffic safety – based on the detection of risky situations, near accidents and collisions
– analysis of interaction of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in public areas such as in surroundings of schools, city centers, bus and train stations etc.
– studies of parking lots utilization, behavior of vehicles in a carpark
– and many other applications which you can think about
To summarize, the greatest benefits of traffic research from the aerial video using advanced software for image processing are:
A) Accurate and detailed data about traffic from the bird’s eye perspective:
– complete trajectory and moving patterns of each traffic participant
– complex OD- matrix – vehicle counts, turning movements
– speed and acceleration profile of each vehicle
– vehicle classification into categories (car / heavy vehicle / bus, / motorcycle etc.)
– measurement of travel time and stationary time (queuing time)
– advanced heatmaps based on the velocity, acceleration, traffic flow
– evaluation of traffic safety (detection of near accidents based on calculation of Time to Collision [TTC], detection of risky situations or inappropriate driving behavior, heavy breaking)
B) Reliable, detailed research without influencing traffic behavior (inconspicuous solution).
C) Ultimate traffic research, almost without a human intervention – based on the machine learning and DNN.
D) Powerful tool which can improve traffic safety and urban planning of many Smart cities.
Safety is one of the most important aspects of the traffic industry. Many serious traffic incidents happen on the roads worldwide every day. Thanks to the huge amount of traffic information gathered by DataFromSky aerial video analysis we are able to detect near-crash events, traffic conflicts, that statistically occur more frequently than real traffic accidents. By using this proactive approach that focuses on analyzing dangerous traffic situations that can but not necessarily have to lead to a traffic accident it is possible to detect:
– aggressive driver behavior
– offensive lane changing
– short following distances
– collision-prone traffic hub areas
So far, we have implemented some of the standard safety indicators like Time To Collision (TTC), Time Exposed Time To Collision (TET), Time Integrated Time To Collision (TIT) and Post-Encroachment Time (PET) which are used to detect traffic conflicts in spatial-temporal data obtained by DataFromSky aerial video analysis. The standard evaluation of some of these indicators was extended by road users movement prediction that better reflects their behavior and achieves better results. All of the detected traffic conflicts are properly visualized in DataFromSky Viewer where they can be interactively analyzed.
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.
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.
DataFromSky has participarted in PTV’s periodic event – Traffic Innovation Workshop, held on 26. 10. 2017 in Dubai, UAE! Thanks to our regional Business partner in the Middle East, the capabilities and great progress of DataFromSky system was demonstrated during this event, which is a good opportunity to bring together transportation professionals and ITS providers from public authorities, consultancies and academics.
We are pleased, that our solution have attracted many participants of the event and that we have met with a very positive feedback!
New research paper called “How accurate are small drones for measuring microscopic traffic parameters?” published in Transportation Letters Journal can provide an answer. Adam Babinec, one of the main IT developers standing behind DataFromSky solution, co-author of the article conducted by University of Athens and Brno University of Technology, says:
„With this paper, we wanted to examine the potential of using sUAV as part of the ITS infrastructure as a way of extracting naturalistic trajectory data from aerial video footage from a low volume intersection and a pedestrian passage. Moreover, we have examined the accuracy of speed data collected from a drone compared to data collected from an On-Board Diagnostics II (OBD-II) device.”
The results show, that the distortion correction and calibration phase of the video are of crucial importance for high level of accuracy, in terms of stabilizing and geo-referencing the video. In order to extract accurate data from drone video footage, each aerial video must be stabilized to compensate for camera movement, since sudden vibrations or small wind gusts can lead to large errors on the ground.
Picture: a lightweight hexacopter (left), study area – low volume intersection in University of Athens campus (right)
The accuracy of DataFromSky system itself was examined in another research paper, created in collaboration with Faculty of Information Technology and Faculty of Civil Engineering at Brno University of Technology and posted in International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology, for more information click here.
DataFromSky introduces new way how to record video to obtain high-quality data for advanced traffic analysis. New, specially developed balloon for accurate data collection brings many advantages, including:
Fixed long-term monitoring (usable in persistant traffic monitoring, perimeter security)
Up to 3 hours of operating time
Transmits data in HD resolution
Stabilized optical system – 4k image resolution
Maximal reachable altitude: 200 meteres
Covered area: up to 300 000 sq.m. (from max. altitude)
Fast deployment: in 25 minutes
Space saving, easy transportable
The camera is attached to a balloon inflated with gas – 3m3 of helium. This solution is very good alternative in cases, where using a drone is limited and too difficult to get authorizations. One of the biggest benefit of recording the video with the balloon is the time, for which it can be in the operating mode. Compared to standard drones, which often lasts in the air only 25 to 40 minutes, this balloon is able to hover over the intersection / traffic node for up to 3 hours and thus can provide very informative and interesting data. In this way one can have a wider vision that allows to report potentially critical situations and to find out how to solve them.
For more information about this new special traffic balloon, please contact us.
We are happy to announce that we have succeeded with our proposed project and get supported in Programme Epsilon 2 conducted by Technological Agency of Czech Republic:
System for Preemptive Safety Analysis of Road Network Nodes and Traffic Flow
The aim of the project is development of a preemptive quantitative system for analysis of road network nodes in terms of safety. The system will be
based on analysis of time-space information about each individual traffic member. The information will be automatically extracted with high precision
and frequency from video data collected by UAVs. The trajectory data extracted from video will be analyzed in terms of traffic safety, based on
detection of non-standard and aggressive behaviour, conflict situations, incomfort during passage etc.
ACM SPY (Czech ACM Chapter & Slovakia ACM Chapter Student Project of the Year) is an official competition of high-prestige Czech and Slovak universities for the best master’s thesis in IT area.
One of our talented colleagues, Adam Babinec, was just chosen as one of TOP finalists in 2015 with DataFromSky thesis called: Traffic monitoring from aerial video data, and we would like to congratulate him! Keep fingers crossed for us in the announcement of final results.