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Research and development of networked intelligent devices for traffic monitoring, enforcement and visualisation

This project is focused on solving a number of issues related to development of its systems, primarily to intelligent camera systems - development of networked camera systems that will monitor the traffic situation in entire conurbations.

Increasing safety and smoothness of road traffic, reducing pollutant emissions and improving transport services - these are serious problems faced by most cities worldwide these days, the effects of which will markedly grow in the future. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) represent a global programme including a number of technologies, the objective of which is to make the traffic safer, more effective and environmentally friendly. Experiences show that by installing ITS systems, undesirable effects of traffic can be reduced by several dozen percent. Information and navigation systems are one of the pillars of ITS. However, it is impossible to create ITS systems without accurate, timely and structured information. The Intelligent Camera Systems are beginning to play a key role in getting these data. The traffic can not be made smoother without an effective enforcement of traffic regulation compliance. Once again, the camera systems play an important part in this aspect. It is known for example that reducing the speed of vehicles to the permitted level not only reduces the risk of road accidents but may also contribute to the level of noise and emissions meeting the limit values. It follows from experiences with use of camera systems for speed measuring that in all locations, where there is an intelligent camera system (Section Control System, producer Camea) installed, the number of speeding vehicles has rapidly fallen (by 50-70%). The emissions and noise have fallen proportionally to it. This project is focused on solving a number of issues related to development of ITS systems, primarily to intelligent camera systems. This notably relates to the development of a network of camera systems that will monitor the traffic situation in the entire conurbation. These days, the camera systems in individual locations are usually isolated, i.e. they are not interconnected by a communication infrastructure at all or only to a limited extent. Through their interconnection, it is possible to create a network that will see a significant increase in the utility value of individual systems thanks to the synergistic effect. That is to say, it will be possible to use the data acquired in individual locations for a global view of the traffic situation in the entire locality. The global view will open up a space for effective optimisation of traffic control and hence also for meeting the targets of increasing the safety and smoothness of road traffic, reducing the pollutant emissions and improving the transport services. In addition, it is necessary to create new functions that will help with both making the already acquired data more accurate and detecting new information on the nature of traffic. Finally, this is a creation of databases, and analytical and visualisation tools for automated, accurate, timely and ergonomic processing of traffic data and subsequent reporting of the acquired information to users. Survey of the main stages of the project: 1. Communication with current customers on the opportunities of integration and supplementation of current camera systems with the newly developed technologies and discussing a pilot project implementation. 2. Development of a pilot network of camera systems and their connection to the central server. 3. Research, development and implementation of new methods of computer processing of signals for detection and recognition of objects in traffic. 4. Proposal and implementation of a database structure for effective saving and searching of data collected by the current as well as newly developed technologies. 5. Development and implementation of analytical software for direct as well as indirect regulation of traffic. 6. Development and implementation of visualisation software for ergonomic reporting of traffic situations to users (traffic control and planning, traffic studies, processing of offences, crisis management, dynamic navigation and the like). Keywords: networked, traffic, monitoring.
Acronym: 
UNICAMNET
Project ID: 
4 059
Start date: 
01-01-2008
Project Duration: 
48months
Project costs: 
940 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Software for transport, logisitics and human resources (Enterprise Resource Planning - ERP)
Market Area: 
Motor Vehicles, Transportation Equipment and Parts

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