Rat-run traffic. Air pollution. Road safety. Noise. Traffic counts are fundamental as a basis for solutions to all these urgent issues. These measurements need to record cars, heavy vehicles, but also public transport, cyclists and pedestrians. Counting is currently expensive, limited in time, and rarely records all forms of transport.
New technology allows 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's solution actively involves citizens to provide reliable traffic counts and speed reports. Telraam handles the research and the technology. Citizens supply access, data and local knowledge. Participants get insights into traffic on their street, and at the same time provide the public authorities with good traffic counts; data that can be used to make infrastructure, traffic lights and traffic management plans more efficient and more effective.
Telraam develops high-tech measuring equipment to be used by interested citizens to provide continuous, reliable, standardised data. These citizen scientists are supported to set up their own fully automatic traffic counters and traffic counting can start. All the collected counts are made available for policymaking and research, but also to residents and interested parties.
The V1 Telraam device is a combination of a Raspberry Pi microcomputer, sensors and a low-resolution camera. The device simply needs to be powered and mounted on the inside of an upper-floor window with a view over the street. The device uses the local Wi-Fi connection to send traffic count data to the central database.
Interested in a Telraam of your own? Check out ‘Start Counting’ and discover where Telraam has networks counting already, how you might join or how to set up your own counting network.