Wednesday 3rd March 2021

IRD launches analytics platform for smart city applications

Published on February 12th, 2021

International Road Dynamics Inc., a Quarterhill Inc. company, has launched a web-based analytics platform for IRD subsidiary Icoms Detections‘ TMA-3B3 bicycle sensors, I-SAFE radar speed signs, and TMS-SA non-intrusive vehicle counter/classifiers.

The new software platform can also be adapted to collect data from third-party sensors and is designed to support Smart City solutions by enabling data analysis for multiple sensor models.

“This analytics platform enables our customers to collect, manage and analyse vehicle, bike and pedestrian data using an easy-to-use web-based interface,” saya Rish Malhotra, president and CEO of International Road Dynamics. “Our new platform will be deployed in a large Canadian city that is participating in a Smart Cities pilot project with a goal of fusing data from multiple sensors and data sources to enhance safety for cyclists.

This product launch reflects IRD’s commitment to innovation and to expanding our suite of software applications. We will continue to invest in products and applications that position us to capitalise on the emerging growth opportunities at the intersection of technology and infrastructure.”

“We are very pleased to have already signed up customers in France and Belgium that are interested in using the analytics platform to monitor connected sensors,” says Etienne Van den Bogaert, Icoms managing director. “We have received very positive feedback on our first installation in the Netherlands and expect to grow this network of connected sensors substantially in 2021. We see adoption of such solutions growing as cities work to meet their environmental objectives and make streets safer for cyclists and other vulnerable road users.”

Icoms Detections’ microwave sensors and radar speed signs equipped with optional 3G/4G modems are able to transfer data via cellular networks. Using the new analytics platform, data is uploaded to a server in near real time and may be viewed using a web-browser. Alternatively, data from sites may be downloaded in standard spreadsheet formats. This provides transportation professionals with an easy way to acquire device data remotely from multiple locations.

The dashboard views available within the platform offer quick analysis in the form of charts for selected time periods. The traffic reports cover speed, volume and direction. Graphs for the bicycle sensors and radar speed signs include binned speed ranges, while the TMS-SA classifier display includes charts showing the breakdown of traffic by length class.

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