Civilia Traffic Investigation Case Study

A simple, effective and portable road traffic analysis solution.

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Context

Civilia, experts in urban mobility transformation, were looking for a cost-effective and easy-to-deploy technology solution to analyse mixed road traffic. They decided to investigate whether reelyActive's off-the-shelf hardware and open source software could effectively be applied to roadside occupancy analytics .

The system was set up at each of two sites in minutes, facilitated by the capability of the Owl-in-One gateways to establish a WiFi network amongst themselves and the data capture laptop. Moreover, the data collected from the ambient mobile devices of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists could be visualised in real-time using Kibana.

Post-capture analysis was performed using Python and R scripts by Civilia's data scientist following an initial data cleanup. Ambient Bluetooth data proved better suited to motorised vehicles while ambient WiFi data proved more effective for pedestrian and cyclist traffic. The volume and speed of pedestrian, cyclist and motorist traffic could indeed be estimated from as little as 1 hour of data at each site.

"Being able to measure anonymously the flux of people and vehicles with such a light and cost-effective set-up was the real surprise of working with the reelyActive technology."

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Deployed Solution

Data extraction from Kibana for further processing with R and Python scripts
Local Pareto Anywhere instance on laptop
3 Owl-in-Ones rapidly and temporarily deployed roadside
Ambient mobile devices

"This study showed the potential of a small temporary set up. It also drew our interest towards larger and more permanent installations, with a more precise estimation of the mobility mode following weeks and months of data collection."

  • Civilia
  • Montréal, Canada
  • 2019

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