Velodyne Lidar’s Intelligent Infrastructure Solution deployed in Helsinki traffic safety improvement project

Velodyne’s solution delivered traffic monitoring with Lidar and Edge AI Computing

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. today announced that its Intelligent Infrastructure Solution (IIS) has been implemented in Helsinki, Finland to collect traffic data and improve road safety. The project demonstrated the high accuracy and value of IIS in counting and classifying multimodal traffic, and in detecting and monitoring near misses.

The project was led by the Forum Virium Helsinki and the City of Helsinki in collaboration with Nodeon Finland and Commsignia. Intelligent Infrastructure Solution, which combines Velodyne’s award-winning lidar sensors and Bluecity’s AI software, was used to monitor traffic flow at three intersections in the vibrant Jätkäsaari area of ​​Helsinki. In addition, one of the intersections was equipped with a cooperative intelligent transportation system (C-ITS) verge unit to enable experiments that sent warning messages to drivers on vulnerable road users at the intersection.

In the project, IIS delivered an average counting accuracy of 97 percent for both car and bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The solution also demonstrated its effectiveness in detecting near-collision situations, such as red light driving and jaywalking, providing valuable information for developing traffic management improvements that improve safety. The next steps of the project include further developing vehicle classification capabilities, building a mobile solution for short-term traffic measurements, and creating an interface between IIS and traffic light controllers.

“Velodyne Lidar has shown that it can reliably and accurately generate traffic information about vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle intersections, including volume and classification data, directions, trajectories and speed,” said Janne Rinne, project manager at Forum Virium Helsinki. “The solution provides accurate real-time detection data to support C-ITS security solutions, such as warnings for vulnerable road users that can help improve road safety.”

“Our Intelligent Infrastructure Solution delivers the data transportation planners need to understand traffic network issues and take a proactive approach to the safety of vehicles and vulnerable road users,” said Laura Wrisley, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Velodyne Lidar. “Our solution is at the forefront of transforming infrastructure to make communities smarter and safer.”

About intelligent infrastructure solution

Intelligent Infrastructure Solution delivers traffic monitoring and analytics to improve road safety, efficiency and air quality and help cities plan smarter, safer transportation systems. The full-stack solution is deployed on three continents, including systems rolled out in Texas, Florida, Nevada, California, New Jersey, Missouri and Canada.

Velodyne’s lidar sensors do not identify individuals’ facial features, a major concern for societal applications. Lidar has a privacy advantage over camera-only systems because lidar doesn’t capture details like hair and skin color. Velodyne’s lidar sensors reliably collect data in any light or weather condition and support 24/7 operation, 365 days a year.

By improving traffic flow and reducing congestion, Intelligent Infrastructure Solution promotes energy efficiency and reduces greenhouse gas emissions for a more sustainable future. Recently, the solution won the 2022 SXSW Innovation Awards from the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals.

SOURCE: Velodyne Lidar

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