Traffic Count Data Crowdsourcing
Examples of Traffic Count Data Crowdsourcing
Placemeter develops sensors and analytics to count all types of traffic. According to City Observatory the sensors are inexpensive and easy to use, making them ideal for use by local residents.
According to Placemeter’s About page: “Placemeter ingests any kind of video to analyze pedestrian and vehicular movement, revealing hidden patterns and strategic opportunities. Our platform leverages proprietary computer vision technology to gather data from live streams. We take privacy very seriously, designing our systems to yield useful data without identity detection.”
City Observatory Article: Counting People and Cars: Placemeter
By Joe Cortright, 27 September 2016.
The company waycount.com offers personal sized traffic counters for bikes or cars at less than $200 a unit. Software is available to easily upload traffic data to the Internet for everyone to view and analyse.
From Next City: Tech startup CTY is producing a video based sensor to count bicyclists, pedestrians and more. Their data counting hardware — called Numina — is essentially a camera mounted 15 feet up on a light pole capturing video of a piece of infrastructure. The software is programmed to recognize and count patterns such as a bicyclist or walker crossing the screen. The sensors send the aggregate data via cellular signal to CTY’s servers and erase the original images.
Next City Article: More Accurate Bicycle Counter Could Give Complete Streets Advocates a Boost – By Josh, Cohen; June 6, 2016.
Blog Posts: Traffic Count Data Crowdsourcing
Getting Smart on Data: Challenges and Opportunities for Transport Authorities from Emerging Data Sources was produced by the Urban Transport Group and presents results of an emerging data catapult meeting held in May 2016. The report presents very helpful and interesting information.
This post provides links to independent groups making DIY transport improvements to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, and articles about their work. I’ll try to keep it updated, but feel free to add more in the comments. San Francisco – SFMTrA SFMTrA website Building DIY Bike Lanes as a Form of Activism, John Metcalfe, The […]
Our Analyse page describes ways to crowdsource data analysis and collection. Here’s an interesting post from the Open Knowledge International Blog about a new report on the subject: The report “Making Citizen-Generated Data Work” asks what makes citizens and others want to produce and use citizen-generated data. It was written by Danny Lämmerhirt, Shazade Jameson, and […]
The Street Plans Collaborative published the Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design it’s a guidebook on how urban residents can act to create streets and public spaces that are safe and accessible for everyone. Good examples of tactical urbanism and organisations implementing these projects (e.g., San Francisco’s SFMTrA) are on our Act! page and Streets page. […]