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Thermal cameras tracked Hamburgers on bikes in 2020 — right here’s what they discovered


This text was initially printed by Christopher Carey on Cities Right this moment, the main information platform on city mobility and innovation, reaching a global viewers of metropolis leaders. For the most recent updates comply with Cities Right this moment on Twitter, Fb, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or join Cities Right this moment Information.

Hamburg has seen a 33% rise in biking throughout 2020, in accordance with information from the German metropolis’s new bicycle counting community HaRaZäN.

The community, which launched earlier this 12 months, makes use of information from 55 thermal imaging cameras to anonymously file the variety of cyclists at quite a lot of key factors throughout town.

Knowledge was beforehand collated utilizing guide counts, and town says the brand new cameras will present a extra complete overview provided that they monitor cyclists three hundred and sixty five days a 12 months.

Sebastian Troch, Head of Highway Administration and Clever Transportation Programs (ITS), Metropolis of Hamburg, advised Cities Right this moment: “The thought for the mission was born in 2018 after we started to plan and efficiently utilized for nationwide co-funding.

“We expect thermal cameras are a superb likelihood to get higher and extra correct details about biking within the metropolis.”

The info collected shall be used to assist site visitors areas adapt to the altering wants of transport and make biking enhancements. There are plans to broaden the variety of cameras to 100 over the approaching years.

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The bicycle counting community is one among 85 ongoing initiatives within the metropolis’s ITS technique and has acquired over €690,000 (US$841,000) in funds from the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as a part of its Digitalization of City Transport Programs tips.

Knowledge collected shall be anonymized and made obtainable to the public, so it may be used to develop new instruments and apps for cyclists. Preliminary information has already been printed on town’s City Knowledge Platform.

ITS World Congress

Hamburg and the BMVI are at the moment making ready to host the world’s largest ITS World Congress in October 2021 with over 15,000 guests anticipated. Town is positioning itself as a mannequin and laboratory of clever transport and logistics options.

In October town efficiently trialed its autonomous HEAT minibus passenger service on a one-kilometer part of check observe within the HafenCity district.