How intelligent camera solutions can enhance safety and transportation infrastructures

How intelligent camera solutions can enhance safety and transportation infrastructures
As more and more people move into cities worldwide and people have an ever increasing drive to travel, the strain on the transportation infrastructure is on the rise, and pressure is on to keep travelers safe at all times. City authorities and transport operators look for means to better understand the usage patterns of all transportation modes in order to sustain these increasing utilization levels and guarantee passenger safety.

For quite some time camera technology has been deployed to allow traffic and security operators to closely monitor critical parts of this infrastructure. With the growth of the infrastructure and the need for more knowledge of its use, the monitoring technology developed for use by human operators has evolved into intelligent sensing technology that no longer just provides video feeds but uses intelligent analytics and sophisticated support systems. These systems filter out irrelevant sensor data and present only meaningful events complete with all relevant context data to operators for decision making.

Bosch has developed cameras and support systems for a lot of applications in transportation for a long time and heavily invests in further advancing the state of video analytics technology, so it not just is useful for human operator surveillance but can really deliver KPIs that are relevant to transport operators, planners and city authorities.

In traffic applications, and outdoor analytics in general, lighting conditions vary continuously and inclement weather provides big challenges for video analytics. Bosch high-end series cameras of the 7000i-9000i series run specially tuned and hardware accelerated algorithms that prevent false alarms. This helps ensure that systems with 100s or even 1000s of cameras don’t swamp operators with a deluge of false alerts during bad weather.

For parking lot management both magnetics-based wireless sensor technology and in-camera machine learning algorithms are combined with license plate capturing cameras and provide drivers with parking availability data on their phone, car-park attendants with violation data on their mobile devices, and car-park operators with dashboards showing real-time and historical usage data of parking lots.

In traffic intersections Bosch video analytics data is used for improving pedestrian and cyclist safety and optimizing traffic light cycles based on real-time detection of pedestrians and cyclists. Radar technology, which Bosch has developed for use in autonomous driving systems, can also be applied in intelligent traffic support systems to improve safety and traffic flow. Bosch video analytics helps city agencies to improve street layout, determine parking offenders that clog the city streets and, through pre and post analysis, investigate the effectiveness of measures implemented to improve matters.

On airports Bosch PTZ cameras have been integrated with various radar systems to provide perimeter protection on the airside. In a slightly different airport scenario, cameras sometimes combined with radar systems, are used to monitor airplanes and their landing gear during departure and approach and to detect potentially dangerous landing conditions due to wet landing strips. On the airside, video streams from multiple cameras are stitched together into large comprehensive visual overview improving the situational awareness of security and ATC operators. Additionally, the analytics of Bosch cameras is used to count passengers in the queues and information panels inform the passengers about the expected processing times, and to optimize personnel planning and quick reactions to capacity problems.

So you see, together we can rethink what video security can do.

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