Katty Pepermans of Flir with the TrafiOne Smart City Sensor
Systems is using Intertraffic to launch the Flir TrafiOne Smart City Sensor, an all-round detection sensor for traffic monitoring and dynamic traffic signal control. Offered in a compact and easy-to-install package, the device uses thermal imaging and Wi-Fi tracking technology to provide traffic engineers with high-resolution data on vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians at intersections and in urban environments.
The Flir TrafiOne sensor uses thermal imaging to detect the presence of pedestrians and cyclists who are approaching or waiting at the curbside or who are actually walking on a street crossing. Thermal imaging cameras can see in total darkness, through shadows and sun glare, and thus provide reliable traffic detection 24/7. TrafiOne is connected to the traffic signal controller to allow for a more dynamic control of traffic signals based, on presence or volume information.
TrafiOne has optional Wi-Fi tracking technology that can be used to capture traffic flow data. By monitoring Wi-Fi Mac addresses of Wi-Fi enabled devices such as smartphones, it can determine travel and route times along road segments. Via Wi-Fi signal strength information TrafiOne can also measure queue delay times at intersections.
“Flir TrafiOne will help traffic engineers to improve traffic flows in the city in unseen ways,” says Stefaan Pinck, VP Worldwide ITS Sales at Flir. “Through data collected by the Flir TrafiOne sensor, they will be able to adapt traffic signal schemes, reduce vehicle idling time, monitor congestion, enhance safety for vulnerable road users and measure travel and delay times for different transport modes.”
The information collected by TrafiOne can be accessed for further analysis by Flir’s cloud-based analysis platform. The company says smart analytics transform the data into useful traffic insights, which are critical to understand the road network performance and to take measures where they are needed.