The Local Municipality, cooperated with Szegedi Közlekedési Ltd (SZKT) and the Faculty of Natural Science and Informatics University of Szeged, placed passanger counter sensors on 31 vechicles of SZKT and traffic counter sensors on two other places (Algyői Road és Belvárosi Bridge) were put into operation.
The sensors, as a measurement equipment, will be procured and installed to collect data on public transport usage. The system of sensors will be brought in synchrony with other ongoing developments in Szeged financed from EU projects or from national funds on Smart City development to collect transport data. According to these data the whole public transport network can be optimalized to passangers demand. In the rush hours there will be more trams and trolleys an the road.
These passanger and traffic counter systems based on patent protected technology of the Faculty of Natural Science and Informatics University of Szeged.
The sensors with artificial intelligence can recognize and count vehicles and passengers. The algorithm only transmits quantity numbers, so personal data is protected to the maximum. The university is currently developing the algorithm, which is expected to enable more extensive and in-depth data analysis in the near future. Szegedi Közlekedési Ltd. continuously monitors and analyzes incoming passenger and vehicle traffic datas.
From now on, it can be seen monthly in public traffic reports
- traffic data measured on Algyői Road,
- Belvárosi bridge data, respectively
- passenger data measured on the vehicle deck.
It is important that the passenger data on the vehicle board only shows the passenger data of one line each month (for now), but which line varies: in December, we can see the passenger numbers of trolley number 9, in January of tram number 2. Algyői Road and Belvárosi Bridge traffic data can be browsed in monthly, average weekday and weekend, as well as hourly aggregates. In addition, the effects of current events that significantly influence traffic will also be included in the summary.
The reports are also translated into English, and the reports can also be downloaded that way.
Which can be compared from the two reports:
- more people drove on Algyői Road last December than in January this year,
- there were more than 523,000 crossings on the Belváros bridge in December, 487,000 in January.
It is also can be seen from December's Belvárosi bridge data that,compared to the base value in September, car traffic has decreased, which could easily be due to inflation and the fact that fuel has not got a price cap any more.
The summary also reveals that the algorithm began to be trained in January of last year, and was "further trained" in August: from then on, it can also count scooters separately on the Belvárosi híd.
Source: László Garai Szakács (www.szeged.hu)