TrafficVision Supports the 2015 PanAmerican Games
When Toronto won the bid for the 2015 PanAmerican Games in 2009, the Ministry for Transportation Ontario (MTO) knew they were facing an unprecedented challenge. During the Games, Toronto’s normally heavy traffic will include an influx of over 500,000 visitors and athletes. Over a million ticketed spectators and Games volunteers will be traveling through the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in addition to the normal commuter traffic.
The MTO knew they had to project traffic impacts to prepare to move people through the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), starting with benchmarking its current state of traffic. However, they did not have road sensors in all the locations where they needed to gather traffic volume data. They had no time to install traditional sensors, which are expensive and often require road closures, and that is when they began seeking for a non-intrusive data collection alternative.
The MTO needed to gather weeks of summer traffic data, and video-based technology emerged as the most feasible option, given the time constraints and the ability to mount cameras on existing structures. However, it would take months for MTO staff to count traffic volume through manual video review, and this was a delay they could not afford. With pressure mounting, MTO and their local engineering partner, Cima+, discovered an automated video data collection solution from TrafficVision. TrafficVision’s advanced computer-vision algorithms cut the process of analyzing over 2,000 hours of recorded video to just a few weeks in 2013. TrafficVision technology began to provide MTO with the data they needed to plan for PanAmerican Games traffic and demonstrated the effectiveness and long-term advantages of non-intrusive video analytics.
With renewed data collection efforts in 2014 and 2015, the MTO will now have over 20,000 hours of traffic data by the end of the Games, thanks to TrafficVision technology and leadership from Cima+. TrafficVision was honored to assist MTO in planning and modeling for the traffic impact the Games will have on the GTA, supporting the transportation of athletes, volunteers and spectators in addition to regular GTA commuters. TrafficVision video analytics provided vehicle volume and classification data giving the number and type of vehicles currently using the routes that will serve traffic for the Games, to help support traffic efficiency during this event and in the future.
TrafficVision technology also can provide data on lane occupancy rates, average rate of speed and incident detection of stopped vehicles, wrong-way vehicles, vehicle congestion, pedestrians in the road and slow speeds below a specified threshold for a specified duration. While your traffic needs may not require accommodating the traffic increases expected for the PanAmerican Games in 2015, TrafficVision would be delighted to consult with you to determine how non-intrusive data collection on recorded video or in real-time could help your project or agency operate more efficiently.