An accident, road works or a high volume of traffic – there are various causes of traffic jams. A view of the street from above can be helpful when trying to get cars stuck in a jam moving again. That is why helicopters are employed by traffic patrols, police and rescue services, although helicopters are unwieldy and costly. Drones are cheaper, more compact and more agile, and when equipped with cameras, can take both pictures and videos, and send this data to a cloud in real-time.
At CeBIT, IBM, together with the drone manufacturer DJI, demonstrates how such recordings are analyzed with cognitive Watson technology in order to improve traffic surveillance.
A quadrocopter can be seen at the IBM stand, where it uses its four rotors to fly over a world that we all know from our childhood – a city built out of Lego. The camera pictures are transmitted live to a screen and analyzed online by Watson. Depending on the traffic situation, the IBM solution immediately provides a recommendation whether, and in which street, it is necessary to intervene. The traffic situations in the Lego city can be changed by IBM personnel in order to demonstrate how this affects the Watson analysis.
In real life, the information from the quadrocopter will also be used for long-term traffic planning. Watson recognizes previously undetected correlations and can contribute to better coordination of the deployment of fire services, police or paramedics. By comparing existing and current image data, the IBM solution can predict how long it will be until traffic is flowing again following an accident.
The combination of quadrocopter, camera and cognitive technology can be used by various industries. Insurance companies, members of the agriculture and telecommunication sectors, energy providers or also sections of the public safety branch are able to tailor cognitive data to their specific requirements. Companies are already using IBM solutions for the maintenance of radio masts and wind turbines. Inspection drones quickly and safely obtain a 360-degree view of places people can only climb to with great effort or by taking a risk. They can provide information about the state of structures, materials or technology and recommend the relevant maintenance procedures.
Following the flight with the quadrocopter, today’s visit to the IBM stand comes to an end. Next time we will show you a vivid 360-degree of the entire IBM exhibition stand, just as you can experience it yourself from 20th March in Hall 2.
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