Vehicle traffic congestion and monitoring have become today the most critical issues in road transport and haulage. The second largest metropolitan area in France, Lyon suburb area represents a serious case to deploy vehicle traffic monitoring with tethered drone technology. Elistair tethered solutions offer continuous and real-time aerial video stream, allowing persistent data collection and technical analysis adjusted to road traffic monitoring.
A tethered drone is a compact tool, easy to transport and deploy, that gives access to various valuable traffic data: trajectories, speeds, behaviours, vehicle types, etc. Those data collections are crucial information for individual end users, transport operators and public authorities, to anticipate and solve today’s complex transport and haulage challenges.
One flight of 3 hours with a single pilot was carried out providing the traffic monitoring of one busy suburban roundabout in the French city of Lyon, at rush hour. All the flights were performed entirely located ahead of the roundabout with the pilot controlling the tether drone supplied with the Safe-T tethered drone station. The drone was carrying a standard video-camera, in fact, a standard Sony digital PJ810 Full HD Handycam. This definitively shows the simplicity of the set-up necessary for traffic monitoring. During the entire monitoring session and at peak traffic time, the live video streaming has permitted to precisely control the video frame focusing on the zone of interest around the traffic circle.
Using the DataFromSky traffic analyser, the Elistair tethered solution collects data to detect and classify all the different types of vehicles, tracking down buses, cars, medium vehicles, heavy vehicles and motorcycles. It is also possible to analyse each vehicle trajectory as the whole road data collection is fully processable. To obtain more details about this use case, please download the PDF.