Rat-run traffic, air pollution and road safety are all current issues. Traffic counts are essential as a basis for solutions. Measurements which record cars, heavy vehicles, public transport, cyclists and pedestrians are necessary. Counting is currently expensive, limited in time, and rarely records all forms of transport.
New technology offers possibilities for innovative ways of measuring in a continuous, multimodal, dense and efficient way. Citizen science air quality metering projects such as Luftdaten have paved the way..
Until now traffic counts have been a blind spot. Telraam is working actively to involve citizens and provide good traffic counts. Telraam handles the research work and the technology. Citizens supply the data. Participants find out about traffic in their street, and at the same time help the public authorities with good traffic counts. The data can be used to make infrastructure, traffic lights and traffic management plans more efficient and more effective.
Telraam develops high-tech and reliable measuring equipment that is made available to interested citizens. They are helped to set up their own fully automatic traffic counters. Then they mount them in their front windows, and traffic counting can start. That, in a nutshell, is Telraam. All the collected counts are made available for policymaking and research, but also to all residents and interested parties.
The Telraam device is a combination of a Raspberry Pi microcomputer, sensors and a low-resolution camera. The device is mounted on the inside of an upper-floor window with a view over the street. To send the traffic count data straight to the central database, the device needs a continuous Wi-Fi connection to the internet. Since the device is electrically powered, it also needs a power outlet within reach.
Do you want a Telraam of your own? Take a look at ‘Start Counting’ and discover where Telraam is counting already, how you can connect to it yourself or how to set up your own counting network.