Danniel Benhammou of Flir
is setting out its stall as a provider of smart city solutions with its acquisition of Acyclica, a specialist in software for road and intersection data generation and analysis.
Flir has embedded firmware from Acyclica in some of its cameras. Travis Merrill, president of Flir’s commercial business unit, says: “It gives us more points of presence, which makes the data more useful. This takes us from being a sensor provider to a solutions provider.”
Acyclica CEO Daniel Benhammou (right) explains: “Smart cities need to be connected – you can get more useful information out of your traffic data.” The ability to centralise the mass of data produced also provides other applications to city authorities, such as planning and emergency management, he explains. Also, it means that agencies can stay ahead of the curve on issues such as pedestrian waiting times at traffic intersections.
On its stand at the ITS World Congress, the company is also showing off its ThermiCam V2X, which Flir says is the industry’s first intelligent thermal camera equipped with V2X technology.
The ThermiCam V2X collects data by detecting the thermal energy emitted by vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The advantage of a thermal sensor is that it only sees heat, rather than visible light. It can detect traffic in harsh lighting conditions that might challenge regular traffic cameras.
Flir says the V2X packs a rich set of vehicle performance and status information directly from the source, which enables automation algorithms to ‘know’ what surrounding vehicles are doing, rather than estimate what they may be doing.
The ThermiCam V2X collects extensive information about traffic users. For example, it can alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians and cyclists at an intersection to prevent possible collisions. It can also adapt green times according to specific road users, including cyclists and pedestrians, and provide traffic signal priority for public transport and emergency vehicles.