4EI employ Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) alongside automated data feeds to produce accurate object detection metrics. From vehicle counting to behaviour analysis and classification, we can offer large-scale object intelligence solutions that reduce resource-intensive manual labour.

The fluctuating condition of urban traffic and vehicle usage impacts a host of environmental, social and governance concerns (ESG).

The number, activity and position of vehicles within a city strategically impacts civil procedures, from urban planning and property development, to the activities of local authorities, such as route planning. In addition, urban traffic significantly contributes to air pollution in the form of CO2 emissions, which seriously impacts both population health and climate change. As urban populations continue to grow, the prominence of these impacts only increases and needs to be imminently addressed. Both the current and long-term consequences of urban traffic therefore affect the decisions of central governments, public health bodies, insurers, asset managers and more.

This wide range of affected sectors and organisations require extensive and up-to-date vehicle detection data and analysis to inform strategic decisions, from national policy making to commercial, environmental and health-related risk assessments and mitigation.

Currently, physical traffic monitoring solutions only offer vehicle counts at specific fixed locations. While they can deliver highly accurate estimates of traffic volume passing that particular location, they cannot give any insight into what is happening on surrounding roads or the spatial distribution of traffic. 4EI’s vehicle detection capabilities aren’t restricted by physical constraints – instead we exploit satellite-derived data to gather more in-depth and nuanced intelligence, with greater geographical flexibility than physical solutions.

4EI’s Vehicle Detection Product

Through the use of advanced deep-learning techniques, we are able to detect and count vehicles anywhere on the Earth, from street-specific to city-wide scale. This enables us to deliver vehicle detection data products that include traffic volumes, where queues and congestion commonly occur, and average traffic speeds or individual vehicle speed, all in any particular location, at any particular time.

Using data gathered from satellite imagery, we can count, detect and classify the status of vehicles without deploying any physical infrastructure, giving us greater flexibility and scope compared to physical solutions. Utilising very high resolution (VHR) imagery affords us the detail and clarity to differentiate moving vehicles from those that are parked, so users can benefit from more refined intelligence.

This data can effectively deliver a snapshot of urban vehicle numbers, locations and movements, which can be applied to other models and analysis in order to examine the downstream impacts of traffic. Users can apply vehicle detection and monitoring data to gain a greater understanding of urban traffic behaviours and trends, congestion hot spots, and vehicle emissions and their impact on environmental or human health.

4EI use vehicle detection data as a primary input within our air quality monitoring products, and also provide this data as a tailored dataset for urban and route planning.

Air Quality Modelling Product

Use Cases

The use cases for vehicle detection, urban traffic data and city-wide traffic maps are widespread and diverse, ranging from individual asset applications to applications of national concern. Organisations can use our vehicle data products to inform strategic decision making in many sectors, including health, government, civil planning and infrastructure development. In doing so, organisations may not only comply with ESG standards and meet key targets, but also create more sustainable, forward-looking policies that benefit both humans and the planet.

Some primary use cases include:

  • City-wide traffic monitoring to inform urban planning, traffic management and the construction of new buildings or roads
  • Informing emergency planning for key routes used by authorities and emergency services
  • Understanding vehicle hotspots and common areas for traffic congestion to help target intervention activities, for both civil planning and government climate change policy making
  • Measuring and monitoring emissions to inform environmental strategies aimed at reducing the impact of air pollution

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Vehicle and traffic metrics have widespread influences on our society, from daily effects on our commute to long-term impacts on our health. Find out more about the diverse applications of vehicle detection data and how we can help you target your actions to benefit our future.