The Dutch Road Authorities (Rijkswaterstaat) have performed research with smart cameras that can 'read' the situation on the road, which makes the opening and closing of peak lanes faster, easier and safer. Smart software that is connected to exisiting cameras, learns to detect aberrent situations such as a breakdown or lost cargo. Traffic operators in the traffic central receive a signal from the smart camera and can directly respond by, for example, closing a peak lane for traffic. The software is also capable of measuring traffic density and on this basis decide to open or close a peak lane.
Rijkswaterstaat opens a peak lane if more than 1,350 cars pass per hour, per lane. This is determined by a traffic operator using actual measurements and camera images. In the current situation, the traffic operator inspects the total trajectory for the presence of vehicles and objects. In the project "Smart Cameras", a trajectory at the A2 highway in Limburg, The Netherlands, has been used to research the possibilities of automizing the total process of opening and closing the peak lanes.
The results of the first experiments are positive: the smart cameras are well capable of detecting vehicles, measuring the traffic density and speed of vehicles, and the detect anomalous situations. The research is a first step towards the actual deployment of smart cameras. Rijkswaterstaat expects to deploy smart cameras for more situations in the future. The software would for example detect vehicles that are too high for a tunnel.
Innovational traffic management
Rijkswaterstaat works closely with the market to encourage innovation of traffic management. The traffic central of Rijkswaterstaat fulfills a key role in traffic management. For the project smart cameras, Rijkswaterstaat and the Innovation Central work together with ViNotion, that is specialized at artificial intelligence for the recognition of objects in video.
The report of the research Smart Cameras has been presented today during the Automotive Week 2017. During this week, governments and research institutes join hands to jointly think about organising our mobility differently. Public and private parties, national and international, work under the motto 'learning by doing' with as a goal to stimulate innovations, learn together and promote cooperation. www.automotiveweek.nl
[2017-03-27 Press release Rijkswaterstaat]