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How Can You Use Your Existing Cameras and IT Infrastructure to Gain Smart Data?

You want to gain smart insights into your business but don’t want to exchange your entire camera system for smart cameras? Investing in expensive counting systems is not an option for you? Now you have the chance to gain smart insights cost-efficiently using your existing cameras. How does this work? With a device for your camera, called the Swarm Perception Box. It’s a small device that enables you to gather smart real-time data with the latest AI technology, right at the camera location. The installation only needs power, internet connectivity, and a connection to the camera.

Easily control what data you get

After the plug and play installation, you can configure your device in the Swarm central management platform, using our detailed documentation. The great advantage of this self-service setup in the Swarm Control Center is that you can define the data collection according to your needs and requirements, making it fast and smart. As the picture below shows, you can draw counting areas or entry-exit-zones on the camera’s view to gather location-specific information. It only takes you a few clicks to set up and requires no special computer skills or programming knowledge. You can adjust the setup for every intersection or road. When you think about it, every street or intersection is different, so you should be able to adapt your data gathering accordingly.

What smart real-time data can you get?

As well as traffic data, as briefly described before, you can also gather smart parking, retail, and public transport data. Here is a short list of just some of the possibilities:

Retail

  • Identify the number of people entering and leaving your retail space
  • Coming soon: Estimate customers’ age range and presented gender

Traffic

  • Identify the flow of road users across intersections, sidewalks, and bike paths with entry and exit zones.

  • Identify cars, buses, trucks, cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians with smart object classification

Parking

  • Recognize the occupancy rate of parking spots

  • Identify parking vehicle classes including cars, vans, motorcycles, and trucks

Public Transport

  • Identify the number of people in public transport vehicles and stops or stations
  • Coming soon: Estimate passengers’ age range and presented gender

What are the benefits?

  • It’s fast to deploy as it works with your exiting cameras
  • Make better decisions faster. You get real-time data fast, as we analyse video streams in real-time 24/7 at up to 30+ Frames per Second (FPS).
  • It’s easy to integrate into your infrastructure as we use standard Cloud, IoT and Edge Technologies
  • It’s massively scalable. 1000s of Swarm Perception Boxes could be easily managed via our central management
  • It’s much more affordable than counting systems or smart-cameras. We offer transparent and fair pricing, via a predictable all-inclusive annual fee.
  • You save time and money by purchasing only the smart component you need
  • Our smart box is a software defined sensor, meaning that new features and improvements are automatically delivered at no extra cost
Innsbruck, AustriaHow Can You Use Your Existing Cameras and IT Infrastructure to Gain Smart Data?
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How Can New Traffic Flow Insights Improve Decision-Making in Cities?

Making good decisions about urban traffic relies on actual data about roads, intersections, and bike paths throughout the city. When you think about traffic counting, what comes to your mind? Probably traffic counting students, who manually count cars while standing on the side of the road. Although this practice is well-known, decisions based on this information are not holistic and sustainable since urban traffic is complex. For instance, it’s nearly impossible to manually track directions of vehicles on intersections. Wouldn’t it be great to have such information?

Now, you can implement a new generation of sensors with the Swarm Perception Box to collect reliable traffic data, not only about a few key intersections but about the whole city! Of course, it is also possible to upgrade your existing traffic cameras super easily. The Swarm Perception Box makes it possible to collect traffic data in real-time, 365 days a year, to recognize traffic patterns and trends accurately. For instance, vehicles, pedestrians, and bikes can be counted and tracked simultaneously across intersections, sidewalks, and bike paths. Also, the directions of road users can be recognized by using defined entry-exit zones.

An Example

Let’s take a real-life example to show how these new traffic insights can help at intersections. A typical intersection has four entries and exits. The goal here is to identify the most frequent directions or patterns of usage, which could be a high traffic volume from street C to street A in the morning and high traffic volume from street A to street C in the evening. Around noon you have a peak of pedestrians walking from B to D and then back again.

These gained insights can be used to make traffic flows in cities more efficient and smooth while reducing noise and air pollution. Further examples of using the data are:

  • Identifying road usage patterns and frequently used directions throughout the day
  • Adjusting traffic light systems to typical road usage
  • Taking it as a reliable source for urban planning
  • Comparing traffic volumes of different roads and intersections
  • Comparing and monitoring road usage over time

In the Swarm Control Center, the devices can be managed centrally and configured in minutes. With a few clicks, you can define what data is collected by creating new entry-exit-zones (as shown in the picture above: Street A, Street B, etc. ). This ensures that the gathered data meets your needs and expectations, enabling you to gain insights, analyze, and compare traffic.

Benefits at a Glance

  • Easy configuration of entry-exit-zones in the Swarm Control Center
  • Gathering of data on entry-exit-zones, taking into account multiple areas (Street A, B, C, D, etc. )
  • 24/7 real-time data on traffic flow
  • Possibility to improve traffic flow and create efficiencies based on the data
  • Possibility to reduce air pollution and waiting times

For more information, visit our urban traffic solution page.

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Using Traffic Insights to Master Smart City Challenges

What city does not have to deal with traffic jams, bottlenecks, or parking? These days probably very few. Therefore, all people who are living in, working in, or visiting cities have to deal with waiting times, air pollution, and frustration. So the question is, what could cities do to become more efficient and react to road usage demand?

Of course, it is not easy for cities to control how many commuters or tourists use their streets every day. Nevertheless, cities must find ways to deal with significant traffic issues. The key is reliable data for the actual traffic situation and usage patterns of streets, paths, and intersections. These insights can be used to create effective plans and respond to traffic issues.

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Swarm Analytics enables cities to get those reliable traffic insights by providing a device for upgrading existing traffic cameras with AI technology. With the Swarm Perception Box, cars, trucks, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and busses counted and tracked in real-time. Even the directions vehicles take at intersections are recognized (e.g. zone a to b or zone b to a). With access to these granular traffic insights, more efficiencies can be created in cities. At the same time, we ensure 100 % GDPR compliance as no picture leaves the camera.

Dashboard Examples

So, how can the gathered data be put into use? Here is a real-world example of traffic insights displayed in a traffic insights dashboard. The different graphs provide an overview of the current traffic volume, capacity status and road usage, as well as historic numbers. It is even possible to gain detailed insights into the types of road users like cars, trucks, busses, motorcyclists, cyclists, and people.

Putting the Data to Use

Of course, traffic data can vary widely depending on the city, intersection or road. Here are some general recommendations for how you could use the traffic data:

  • Analyze traffic volumes, peak times and types of road users
  • Compare data of different intersections or roads
  • Adjust traffic light control
  • Forecast traffic volumes
  • Use the data as a basis for urban planning
  • And generally, streamline operations based on historical and real-time data

For more information, visit our urban traffic solution page.

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