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FLIR V2X Demonstration at ITS World Congress

FLIR V2X Demonstration at ITS World Congress

FLIR ITS and MARBEN are hosting a Connected Vehicle demonstration using V2X communication between vehicles and roadside infrastructure at ITS World Congress 2017, in Montréal, Canada. The live demonstrations will occur Monday, Oct. 30 to Thursday, Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants can register at either the MARBEN booth # 2026 or the FLIR booth # 924.

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FLIR to help improve traffic flows in Riyadh

FLIR to help improve traffic flows in Riyadh

FLIR was recently selected to provide intelligent traffic sensors for a comprehensive intersection traffic control system in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. More than 1,500 FLIR TrafiCam x-stream video sensors will be installed across 350 of Riyadh’s busiest intersections. Using vehicle presence and volume data generated by th

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Taking the Pulse of City Traffic

Taking the Pulse of City Traffic

The problem of traffic congestion in cities is not likely to go away in the next decades. In order to get a grip on the problem, city authorities around the world are increasingly making use of smart technologies to get real-time insight into their traffic situation. By collecting traffic data, they are hoping to make informed decisions to improve the quality of life of anyone living, working and traveling in the city.

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Thermal Imaging for Safety and Efficiency in Public Transportation

Thermal Imaging for Safety and Efficiency in Public Transportation

Every day, public transportation passengers rely on trains, metros or trams to bring them safely and timely at their point of destination. However, accidents caused by fire or by the careless behavior of people can lead to delays as well as severe damage to rolling goods and rail infrastructure. Thermal imaging cameras can detect many of these incidents in time and therefore help public transportation operators take the appropriate measures.

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Pedestrian and bicyclist detection with thermal imaging cameras

Pedestrian and bicyclist detection with thermal imaging cameras

Thermal imaging cameras are becoming increasingly popular for roadside monitoring and highway surveillance systems. But the technology can also be used for traffic monitoring and dynamic control of traffic lights in cities and urban areas. By looking at heat signatures, thermal imaging cameras can make a reliable distinction between vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrian and bicyclist detection is used at both signalized and unsignalized intersections and crossings. Both types of intersections have their specific problems, most of which can be solved or mitigated with thermal imaging sensors.

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FLIR enables smooth intersection traffic flow in Utrecht, the Netherlands

FLIR enables smooth intersection traffic flow in Utrecht, the Netherlands

ThermiCam thermal sensors from FLIR Systems have been deployed at a big signalized intersection leading from Utrecht to Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Based on heat energy coming from bicyclists and motorists, the cameras from FLIR can detect both types of road users and make a distinction between the two. The cameras pass down their detection information to the traffic lights and this way, a separate regulation for bicyclists and motorists is made possible, all the while both road users are sharing the same road space. The result of this installation is a smoother and more logical traffic flow at the intersection.

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FLIR thermal imaging sensor improves bicycle safety at Tamaki Drive, Auckland, New-Zealand

FLIR thermal imaging sensor improves bicycle safety at Tamaki Drive, Auckland, New-Zealand

Mixed traffic situations, where motorists share the road with vulnerable road users, are often very challenging for cyclists. The busy Tamaki Drive in Auckland, New Zealand, is such a challenging environment and has already witnessed several cycle incidents over the past few years, including fatalities and serious injuries. To prevent further incidents from happening, Auckland Transport Authorities decided on a wide range of bicycle safety measures, including the integration of a bicycle warning system, activated by thermal imaging technology from FLIR Systems.

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24-7 people and vehicle detection for public transportation

24-7 people and vehicle detection for public transportation

Every day, public transportation passengers rely on trains, metros or trams to bring them safely and timely at their point of destination. However, the risky or careless behavior of people can sometimes lead to accidents that will cause a lot of delay as well as severe damage to rolling goods and rail infrastructure. Thermal imaging cameras can detect this risky behavior in time and help public transportation operators to take the appropriate measures.

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FLIR-powered intelligent crossing leads to more safety for pedestrians

FLIR-powered intelligent crossing leads to more safety for pedestrians

An innovative project at a busy retail park in the UK could provide the blueprint for a new approach to pedestrian safety. The system deployed at the Giltbrook site, near Nottingham, UK, uses flashing road studs and warning signs to create a visual warning for motorists approaching an internal pedestrian crossing, which spans the main vehicle access to the park. The LED studs and warning signs are activated by FLIR’s C-Walk pedestrian detector.

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Smart traffic sensors help alleviate city congestion in Moscow, Russia

Smart traffic sensors help alleviate city congestion in Moscow, Russia

Traffic jam statistics for the city of Moscow are not very encouraging, to say the least. In order to tackle its heavy traffic congestion problem, the city of Moscow recently started with the development of an Intelligent Transportation System. To smoothen the traffic flows along signalized intersections, Moscow called upon the expertise of FLIR Systems. Over 3,000 TrafiCam x-stream vehicle presence sensors will make sure traffic signal cycles are adapted to the actual traffic. 

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Monitoring traffic at the RionAntirion Bridge, day and night

Monitoring traffic at the RionAntirion Bridge, day and night

The Rion-Antirion Bridge in Greece is the world's longest cable-stayed bridge with a suspended deck. Stretching over 2,252m (2,883m including the access viaduct), The Rion-Antirion viaduct limits the crossing time over the Gulf of Corinth to around five minutes. To ensure safety on the bridge and make quick interventions possible in case an accident happens, the bridge makes use of smart Automatic Incident Detection technology and thermal imaging cameras from FLIR Systems. 


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A Total Traffic Monitoring Solution for Marseille

A Total Traffic Monitoring Solution for Marseille

 The 2.5 km long Prado Carénage Tunnel allows you to easily and quickly cross the city of Marseille without leaving the motorway. The Tunnel Prado Carénage connects the Southern districts of the city of Marseille and the Eastern motorway to the city centre and to North via the Vieux Port tunnel and the coastal motorway. The 1,500 metre double-deck Prado Sud tunnel, each with two lanes, will extend the existing Prado Carénage tunnel towards the southern part of the city.

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Automatic Incident Detection and traffic data collection in the Festning and Bjørvika tunnels (Oslo, Norway)

Automatic Incident Detection and traffic data collection in the Festning and Bjørvika tunnels (Oslo, Norway)

The Festning and the Bjørvika Tunnel are two motorway tunnels on the E18 in the city center of Oslo, Norway. Both tunnels have been equipped with intelligent incident detection technology from FLIR to guarantee high-level road user safety 24/7.

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TrafiCam sensors help meet Indonesia’s ambitious traffic management plans in Jakarta and Surabaya.

TrafiCam sensors help meet Indonesia’s ambitious traffic management plans in Jakarta and Surabaya.

In order to tackle congestion, Jakarta authorities have implemented an Area Traffic Control System (ATCS) designed to control traffic lights and as a result improve traffic flows and reduce the risk of congestion.

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Automatic incident detection and traffic data collection for the Sheikh Zayed Tunnel, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Automatic incident detection and traffic data collection for the Sheikh Zayed Tunnel, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The overall goal of the Sheikh Zayed Tunnel is to reduce congestion, but the most critical priority for day-to-day operations is not simply to get traffic from A to B smoothly; it’s to do so safely. For this particular project, FLIR was tasked with providing technology both for incident detection and traffic management.

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Automatic Incident Detection on the Black Sea Motorway, Turkey

Automatic Incident Detection on the Black Sea Motorway, Turkey

The Bolaman and Giresun tunnel are two tunnels along the Black Sea Coast, in the North ofTurkey. To increase the safety and capacity inthese 2 tunnels, FLIR’s automatic incident detection system was installed. The Bolaman tunnelhas been equipped with Video Image Processing (VIP) modules in 2006, the Giresun tunnel oneyear later.




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Video-based Automatic Incident Detection and Traffic Statistics in the Clem Jones Tunnel – Brisbane (Australia)

Video-based Automatic Incident Detection and Traffic Statistics in the Clem Jones Tunnel – Brisbane (Australia)

FLIR’s video based automatic incident detection and traffic statistics collection system is implemented in Brisbane’s Clem Jones Tunnel (CLEM7), formerly known as the North-South Bypass Tunnel (NSBT). It’s Brisbane’s first major road tunnel which links five existing major motorways and arterial roads on the north and south sides of the Brisbane River. This toll- way is 6.8 kilometers long end-to-end and includes two 4.8 km dual lane tunnels. CLEM7, opened in early 2010, is the first component in a major project that aims to reduce all deficiencies in the urban road network of Brisbane.

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Thermal imaging cameras help guarantee fire safety in tunnels

Thermal imaging cameras help guarantee fire safety in tunnels

Tunnel fires can have devastating effects on people and infrastructure. The consequences of fires in tunnels can in the worst cases result in severe fatalities, material damage and disruption of important infrastructure lines. Effective fire prevention, detection and control can therefore save lives and prevent high costs. Tunnel operators and emergency response teams have always relied on intelligent technology to support them in these tasks. Thermal imaging is one of these technologies.

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Smart traffic management in the city of Darmstadt

Smart traffic management in the city of Darmstadt

As part of a larger urban zone across the southern part of the German Rhine Main Area, the city of Darmstadt does not escape from the present-day woes of traffic congestion. Smart traffic sensors positioned across the city and smart software collecting all the information from these sensors, help to put a stop to this worrying trend.


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City of Liverpool relies on thermal imaging to boost cycling

City of Liverpool relies on thermal imaging to boost cycling

If it is up to the Liverpool City Council, an extra 30,000 residents will be cycling in and around the city over the next few years. The city authorities are keen to make cycling easier and more convenient. For two junctions on Leed Street, the city makes use of innovative thermal sensors from FLIR, which detect the presence of cyclists in order to give them a green light, five seconds ahead of other vehicles. 



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