Thermal cameras tracked hamburgers on bikes in 2020 – here is what they discovered

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According to the German city’s new bicycle counting network, Hamburg recorded a 33% increase in bicycle traffic in 2020 HaRaZäN.

The network, which was launched earlier this year, uses data from 55 thermal imaging cameras to anonymously record the number of cyclists at a number of key points in the city.

The data was previously collected using manual counts, and the city says the new cameras will provide a broader view as they monitor cyclists 365 days a year.

Sebastian Troch, Head of Road Management and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), City of Hamburg, said Cities Today: “The idea for the project was born in 2018 when we started planning and successfully applied for national co-funding.

“We believe thermal imaging cameras are a good chance to get better and more accurate information about cycling in the city.”

The data collected is used to help traffic regions adapt to changing traffic needs and improve cycling. It is planned to increase the number of cameras to 100 in the coming years.

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The bicycle counting network is one of 85 ongoing projects in the city ITS strategy and has received over € 690,000 ($ 841,000) in funding from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of its guidelines for the digitization of urban transport systems.

The data collected is anonymized and made available on the Internet Public, so It can be used to develop new tools and apps for cyclists. The first data have already been published on the city’s Urban Data Platform.

ITS World Congress

Hamburg and the BMVI are currently preparing to host the largest in the world ITS World Congress expected in October 2021 with over 15,000 visitors. The city positions itself as a model and laboratory for intelligent transport and logistics solutions.

In October the city successfully tested theirs autonomous HEAT minibus Passenger service on A one-kilometer section of the test track in the HafenCity district.

HEAT minibus (elevated train)

The program originally started in 2019 with no passengers and at limited speeds, but has advanced rapidly since then.

Use data Infrastructure developed by Siemens and the Hamburg traffic systems (HHVA) The minibus travels on a defined route at a speed of up to 25 kilometers per hour and uses integrated cameras to communicate with sensors in the area.

It can carry up to seven passengers (although this has been reduced to three to comply with social distancing guidelines) who can sign up for the trip for free via an app.

Nearly 600 passengers used the service during the trial period in October. Preparations for the last test phase in spring 2021.


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Published on January 7, 2021 – 09:44 UTC

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