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IRD launches analytics platform for smart city applications

Collected data can be used to optimize travel times, and reduce both congestion and greenhouse gas emissions

February 11, 2021  by CM Staff

Icom Detections’ TMA-3B3 bicycle sensors may be connected over cellular networks (CNW Group/International Road Dynamics)

SASKATOON, Sask. — International Road Dynamics Inc. has announced the launch of a web-based analytics platform for IRD subsidiary Icoms Detections’ TMA-3B3 bicycle sensors, I-SAFE radar speed signs, and TMS-SA non-intrusive vehicle counter/classifiers. The new software platform can also be adapted to collect data from third-party sensors and is designed to support Smart City solutions by enabling data analysis for multiple sensor models.

“This analytics platform enables our customers to collect, manage and analyze vehicle, bike and pedestrian data using an easy-to-use web-based interface,” said Rish Malhotra, president and CEO of International Road Dynamics, in a prepared statement. “Our new platform will be deployed in a large Canadian city that is participating in a Smart Cities pilot project with a goal of fusing data from multiple sensors and data sources to enhance safety for cyclists. This product launch reflects IRD’s commitment to innovation and to expanding our suite of software applications.”

Icoms Detections’ microwave sensors and radar speed signs equipped with optional 3G/4G modems are able to transfer data via cellular networks. Using the new analytics platform, data is uploaded to a server in near real time and may be viewed using a web-browser. Alternatively, data from sites may be downloaded in standard spreadsheet formats. This provides transportation professionals with an easy way to acquire device data remotely from multiple locations.

The dashboard views available within the platform offer quick analysis in the form of charts for selected time periods. The traffic reports cover speed, volume and direction. Graphs for the bicycle sensors and radar speed signs include binned speed ranges, while the TMS-SA classifier display includes charts showing the breakdown of traffic by length class.

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