Smart traffic management is making our roads safer than ever before

AI video analytics in security cameras are the key to highway safety & flow. Today, we'll look at how smart cameras are already changing transportation forever.

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Highways play a major role in private transport and logistics. Millions of people drive to work and millions of goods are transported via highways daily. The downside is that traffic still causes too many accidents, injuries and deaths. Millions are stuck in traffic jams, causing immense economic damage every day. Authorities and traffic planners have not yet found a solution for the manifold problems.

Key facts on global traffic (according to WHO)

1.35 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes

Road traffic crashes cost most countries 3% of their gross domestic product

Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for young aged 5-29 years

50% of all road traffic deaths among vulnerable pedestrians, cyclists, etc.

93% road fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries

No wonder that the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development has set an ambitious target of halving the global number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020. Improving traffic safety is an ongoing challenge in which technology will play an increasingly important role. AI Video Technology is about to make Traffic Surveillance smarter and more effective.

Smart Traffic Surveillance combining IoT security cameras and AI Video Analytics helps authorities, traffic planners and highway operators to systematically monitor and understand road users' behavior, and gain valuable insights from video data to optimize traffic flow and minimize accident risks - automatically and in real time. Subscribe to our email newsletter to stay up to date on AI and IoT technology!

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How smart video technology can help increase highway safety - examples for inspiration:

Traffic management objectives

How smart video systems can help

Adapt speed limits to traffic density

Count cars permanently and automatically adjust speed limits.

Detect & remove traffic obstacles

Detect breakdowns, animals and objects using AI object recognition.

Detect accidents (involving fire)

Detect stopped cars and traffic flow anomalies using video analytics.

Detect hazardous incidents using fire and smoke recognition.

Speed up toll processing

Connect smart license plate recognition with gate systems

Control distance & speed limits

Analyze high speed motion patterns using smart video analytics


These are just a few examples to show that there is much more in security cameras than just video surveillance. The possibilities are almost limitless, it’s worth thinking outside the box.

How smart cameras can help with Highway traffic management

Security cameras are designed to take videos and make it available for evaluation. To get more out of video surveillance, cameras need video analytics capabilities, for example, to distinguish cars from animals and analyze drivers’ behavior in real-time. In our Application Store you find a wide range of Apps, easy to install on Security Cameras to perform a variety of traffic management tasks.

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Azena has developed a flexible camera solution, including an Application Store with ready-to-use, smart traffic and parking apps.

Adapt speed limit to traffic density

Traffic on highways is highly dynamic and can change rapidly at any time. Speed limits to prevent traffic jams and accidents must adapt to changing conditions in real time. Static speed limits using conventional traffic signs and digital systems just counting vehicles reach their limits, especially during rush hours. CCTV cameras equipped with smart video analytics can “see” and do much more than conventional traffic sensors.

Example: TRAFFIC DATA Demo is an edge-based application running on-board CCTV cameras, enabling to keep track of moving vehicles in the camera field of view, providing real-time information about number of vehicles passing by, classification and average speed. Connected to traffic information systems, speed limits can be automatically adapted to changing levels of traffic density.


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Another example: FLOW Traffic is an App that turns your cameras into smart traffic sensors with built-in deep video analytics. The video clip below shows very impressively how smart cameras can simultaneously observe and analyze traffic flows and single vehicles from different perspectives (in this video from a drone). Unlike conventional traffic sensors, CCTV cameras allow large viewing angles, covering large areas to be monitored.

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Detect & remove traffic obstacles

Breakdown vehicles, dropped cargo, vehicle parts and dead animals are a major threat to all road users, often unnoticed by authorities for a long time and removed only by chance. Surveillance technology can help detect anomalies on highways quickly and reliably so appropriate action can be taken. Smart video technology enables CCTV cameras to distinguish objects (that should not be on the road) from vehicles.

Example: Perimeter protection adds artificial intelligence to cameras by analyzing video content in real-time, extracting metadata, sending out alerts and providing actionable intelligence to traffic operators or other systems, such as traffic information systems to warn drivers in case of dangerous objects on the road. Besides objects and animals, the app also recognizes humans. Learn more about and get Perimeter protection

Detect accidents (involving fire)

Accidents on highways are often dramatic, especially when vehicles catch fire or trucks with highly flammable cargo are involved. In case of fire on highways or in tunnels every minute counts. Incidents must be detected and reported immediately. Smart traffic monitoring helps speed up rescue by detecting incidents and analyzing threats 24/7.

Example: Semantive Fire Smoke Detection detects fire and smoke in various circumstances where it's hard to mount conventional smoke sensors. AI tirelessly monitors chosen scenes and alerts other systems or humans in case of any sign of danger. Combined with other camera apps, e.g. for detecting unusual vehicle movement patterns, accidents can be analyzed and classified according to various criteria.

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Speed up toll processing

Toll stations can become traffic blockers and cause traffic jams, especially at peak times, if vehicles aren’t processed fast and smooth. Therefore more and more toll gates are equipped with video license plate recognition. What many toll operators don't know yet is that CCTV cameras, available along many highways, can also detect license plates if equipped with specific video analytics software.

Example: NeuroCar LPR EU is a camera app designed for detection and identification of vehicles (car number plate) in motion. While license plate recognition at toll barriers is made for short distances, CCTV cameras equipped with NeuroCar LPR can recognize EU license plates at long distances and in motion. This enables authorized vehicles to be recognized early and directed into fast check-in lanes to reduce the overall occupancy.

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Worth reading: License Plate Recognition: How smart IoT cameras revolutionize traffic

COVID-Prevention: Detect vehicles from corona hotspots

Equipped with NeuroCar LPR EU, surveillance cameras not only recognize license plates reliably, but also compare gathered video data with any database in one go. This allows to automatically determine a vehicles' country of origin, to detect those arriving from COVID hotspots and, if necessary, to take measures according to the hygiene regulations.

Why wait? Take action now!

There are many ways to take Traffic Surveillance to the next level and make highway traffic safer & more enjoyable using smart video technology. Just have a look around our Application Store, you'll find the right application for your city. Get more out of your video technology now with just a few clicks!

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