We use traffic cameras owned by the City of Austin to study pedestrian road use and identify potential safety concerns. Our approach automatically analyzes the content of video data from existing traffic cameras using a semi-automated processing pipeline powered by the state-of-art computing hardware and algorithms.
Transportation agencies often own extensive networks of monocular traffic cameras, which are typically used for traffic monitoring by officials and experts. While the information captured by these cameras can also be of great value in transportation planning and operations, such applications are less common due to the lack of scalable methods and tools for data processing and analysis. This project exemplifies how the value of existing traffic camera networks can be augmented using the latest computing techniques.