Port Phillip Council is using artificial intelligence (AI) powered traffic sensors to collect data to help inform transport and planning decisions.

The smart sensors measure bike, car, truck and pedestrian movements at several Port Phillip locations and will be able to identify e-scooters when the Victorian Government’s trial of this new transport mode gets underway.

The data is anonymous as it does not capture individual moving images on roads, bike paths and footpaths. Instead, a colour assigned to each form of transport appears on a graph or radiating across an image of the sensor site. 

The AI capability of the Vivacity Labs sensors can distinguish between a car and a van based on factors such as size.

The sensors are a significant tool as being able to measure what is moving where and when  will help inform Council decisions to bring its Move, Connect, Live Integrated Transport Strategy to life.

The data collected will assist in encouraging sustainable transport by knowing where bike paths would be most beneficial to whether changes are needed to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. 

Being able to monitor demand and trends can also give planners a heads-up on where future Council services, open spaces or buildings may be required.

A pair of sensors are currently monitoring movements at both Pier Road and near the St Kilda Marina. Fitzroy Street and Loch Street intersections are due to be installed in October.

Two more sensors will be installed later in 2021 at the corner of Buckhurst and Ferrars Street, with this data expected to help inform the development of this precinct.

Bicycle Network is partnering with Port Phillip Council on this project as the Australian supplier of the Vivacity Labs’ sensors.

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