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Date: 07-04-16

Thermal imaging-based traffic sensor to dynamically control traffic signals

FLIR Systems launched a infrared thermal imaging-based traffic sensor to detect vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians in urban environments.

The new sensor based on the FLIR's Lepton thermal imaging technology can detect vehicles in total darkness without affected by shadows, colors and sun glare, operate in inclement weather conditions, and also detect heat signatures of pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles.

This new sensor can be placed near traffic intersections to detect whenever a person, car, or bicycle approaches a crosswalk, waits at a stoplight, or intersects a median or crosswalk. By connecting these sensors to city's traffic signal controller, the traffic signals can be dynamically controlled based on traffic and pedestrian patterns and intensity. The FLIR TrafiOne also uses Wi-Fi tracking technology to capture detailed traffic flow data, including travel and route times along road segments.

FLIR suggests "Using traffic flow information, the FLIR TrafiOne can also measure traffic delay times at intersections. Traffic engineers can access information collected by the FLIR TrafiOne through the cloud to obtain useful traffic insights to aid in their decision making."

"The FLIR TrafiOne will help cities improve traffic flows by utilizing highly accurate thermal imaging technology," said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR Systems. "Through the use of Lepton-based thermal sensors connected to a city's traffic network, the FLIR TrafiOne will help traffic engineers accurately adapt traffic signal timing, reduce vehicle idling time, monitor traffic congestion, and enhance driver safety in a broader range of environmental and lighting conditions."

The FLIR TrafiOne will be available in the second half of 2016. FLIR will showcase the FLIR TrafiOne sensor at the Intertraffic Amsterdam 2016 trade show from April 5 - 8, 2016, at booth #10.403. For more information about the FLIR TrafiOne, visit www.flir.com/traffic.

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