Downtown Mobility Studied with Lidar Sensors

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Downtown Mobility Studied with Lidar in BC

The City of Kelowna, British Colombia, Canada says it will embark on a pilot project next week that will study the flow of traffic and pedestrians in the downtown core. On Thursday, the city announced that it will soon be installing two light (LiDAR) sensors along Bernard Avenueto study downtown mobility, with more sensors to be installed at three other intersections at a later date.

From an article in Global News by Doyle Potenteau.

The project, according to the city, will study how people move downtown and how to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Kelowna to build on the work we’re doing to bring smart city technologies to our city,” Kelowna mayor Colin Basran said in a press release.

The mayor added that as the city grows, “we need to better understand what these travel interactions look like and how can we ensure the safe management of everyone using our streets, curbsides, sidewalks and pathways.”

The city said Rogers Communications, its 5G network and the University of B.C. are also involved in the project.

The city said LiDAR sensors supplied by Blue City Technology will be installed at Bernard Avenue and Water Street, and Bernard Avenue and Pandosy Street. It added that the sensors will be wireless and that their infrastructure follows Health Canada’s radiofrequency exposure guidelines.

The idea, said the city, came from a virtual hackathon on March 27, when approximately 50 UBC students gathered to explore how technology and wireless connectivity could lead to studying downtown traffic.

The city said unlike traffic cameras, the LiDAR senors will capture consistent data during a 24-hour period, “regardless of changes in lighting or weather,” but added “the resolution of the data is insufficient to capture or reveal identifying details about people or permit facial recognition.”

It added that the data will be collected anonymously and will be stored on a Microsoft platform.

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