People flow management - Barcelona Open Challenge

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The system calculates the number of people in a public place in real-time. The solution uses advanced computer vision and machine learning technologies to provide highly accurate results. It is suited for outdoor / environments, and can handle high volume of people.

The solution includes the usage of thermal cameras and sensors to ensure the privacy of the people who are monitored.

What is the goal of the project?

The gather information about people flow trends and usage patterns of public places in cities in a privacy respectful manner.

What is the result of the project?

The objective of the project is to know how many people are inside the park at any moment and the total number of daily visitors to the park. The Municipality can also see per gate the number of people getting in and out of the park. The system is highly accurate, and work during high crowd density like during festivals or events in the park.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

The municipality of Barcelona had initiated an Open Challenge to monitor the people flow of two parks in the city. They want to have real-time information about the people who are coming to the park and the people leaving the park.

What is the next step?

The project was implemented in 2015, and it continued to work for 3 years. Sufficient data has been gathered and shared with the City council.

What can other cities learn from your project?

That monitoring people flows can be privacy respectfull and highly accurate. The system is simple but delicate.
And this application can be applied to any other park in any other city. The cameras used for this technology can be placed a hundred metres away from an entrance and if your park allows it a cheaper solutions with sensors can be used.

1 Comment

Awatif Alotaibi

does not use Private Information Retrieval technique help to perverse privacy?