09 Jan 2019

Goodbye Loops, hello Vision Based AI Surveys

Historically, installing inductive loops into a carriageway or affixing rubber tubes across a carriageway was the only way to record classified vehicle data over a longer period of time. Tracsis have a new innovation that leaves loop technology in the dust.

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Vision Based AI Sensors 

Tracsis Vision Based AI Sensors capture a full range of classes including pedestrians and cyclists and the full range of vehicles, in the full street environment, not just the carriageway. Their Artificial Intelligence capability allows them to learn on the job, continually improving the accuracy and detail of the data they capture for you.

The Vision Based AI Sensors are compact and light weight so can easily be mounted on existing street furniture and be unobtrusive above the street. 

Our experienced specialist teams plan, manage and execute surveys with a great eye for detail, considering optimum sensor locations to capture the required data while considering the health and safety implications of the installation locations. Our equipment is safe, fast and efficient to set up and calibrate.

Reporting

Data is displayed through our Conduit Dashboard or integrated through your existing IT platform providing both live and historical reports with very high accuracy. Our analysis teams can provide reports in a format that you can use in your own presentations or reporting. We can turn complex data into easy to understand information that can go on to be used for strategic planning. 

In addition to the extensive live and historical reporting via the Conduit Dashboard you can have access to object tracking videos and graphics. These allow you to see the track of vehicles and pedestrians over time, highlighting information such as desire paths and obstructions to traffic flow.

The Tracsis Vision Based Sensor can be installed and calibrated in as short a time as 30 minutes.

No lane closures, no traffic management & no hassle !

The V-Sensor is designed for permanent or temporary installation and will count & classify up to 9 individual classifications through the on board AI software with built in processor and camera.  Data is regularly uploaded to the web based Tracsis Conduit dashboard where unlimited users within your organisation have full access to all the standard reports.  Our team of dashboard developers are always available to discuss any bespoke requirements and unlimited requests can be made under a single licence.

Q: Can it measure speed?
A: Yes, only requires a 50 metre window of vision ensures speeds are accurate.

Q: How accurate is it compared to our existing loops
A: Based on a vehicle classification of 9, the comparable accuracy is 95%

Q: How is it powered?
A: Power is supplied from an existing lighting column.

Q: Can our historic data be uploaded into the new dashboard?
A: Yes

Q: What are the advantages of Vision based counting over our traditional methods?
A:
– Vehicle and active travel modes are recorded on road and pavement 
– Carriageways do not require cutting to install loops
– No roadworks or traffic management
– 30 minute install
– Live data and remote monitoring
– GDPR compliant

 

 

Inductive Loops

Vision Based AI Sensors

Installation

Traffic Management

YES

NO

  Lane Closures

YES

NO

  Carriageway cutting

YES

NO

  Power Provision

Solar/Mains

Mains from Street furniture/ Solar/Smart Pole

  Equipment Installation

Roadside Cabinet

Attached to existing street furniture
or smart pole

  Site Location

Limited

Any

  Durability

Limited

No limits

  Warranty

Varied

5 years

       

Maintenance

 

High

Low

       

Data Output

Vehicle Classification

9 Classes

9 Classes

  Pedestrains

No

Full street environment

  Cycles

No

Yes

  Speed

Yes

Yes

  Vehicle Route/Trace

NO

Yes

       

Data Handling

 

Historical reports

Conduit Dashboard

       

Costs

Install

High

Low

  Maintenance

High

Low

  Data cost

Low

Low

  Upgrade/Enhancements

High

Low

  Fit For Future

No

Yes

Tracsis have the answers to data collection in this complex field

Technology

The tools to automatically collect multi-modal traffic data and analyse it quickly and accurately now exist. Tracsis has been at the forefront of this massive investment in technology over the last 5 years. Monitoring the movement of cyclists and pedestrians when they are often mixed with each other and motorised transport has been a historic problem for sensing technologies. Now, using the latest machine learning techniques, we have developed an accurate, general purpose detector for sensing subtle changes in complex traffic situations.

Tracsis Video Analytics and Vision Based Survey technology delivers efficient and effective data collection for clients needing detailed analysis of active travel.  We use Artificial Intelligence (AI) that continually improves the quality and accuracy of the data and all our data handling is complaint with GDPR. Data collection is not just about counting and measuring speed, to be useful for transport planners it needs to deliver more and that’s why we have invested so much in innovation over the last few years. We can measure air quality and calculate potential pollution from analysis of types of traffic. We can produce detailed data that allows a planner to compare planned routes for pedestrians and cyclists with desire lines (the routes they actually take). This level of detail builds a complete picture of how people move around an urban area.

People

The Tracsis teams of designers, project managers, technicians and analysts have worked on a range of projects involving every mode of transport in all environments and understand the transport industry better than anyone in the data collection field. We have worked with the very best equipment manufacturers to develop our own technologies and our analysis teams have years of experience that ensures the data is not only accurate but our reporting can be adapted to the needs of each client.

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