Complex issues require quantitative traffic data to enhance our understanding and to find better solutions.
Gathering data to get a full picture of transport, leisure, and social activity for a network of streets is often impossible or very expensive with traditional tools like pneumatic tubes or manual counts.
Telraam sensors and networks provide a solution for citizens and their local representatives.
Telraam creates custom networks of sensors that leverage the knowledge
and access of local residents, using artificial intelligence (AI) technology to deliver consistent, timely, quality data for more efficient and effective infrastructure, traffic flow and traffic management plans.
Involving citizens and publishing open data brings researchers and policy makers into contact with local residents, creating the potential for interaction, dialogue, co-creation, and other forms of participation.
Telraam S2 is our newest device. It counts and classifies road users, providing anonymous, aggregate data per traffic mode and per direction with a 15 minute resolution. In addition, it derives an estimated speed distribution (and the V85 speed) for cars.
Telraam S2 uses specially-trained AI and a proprietary tracking algorithm to detect, classify, and count road users with high precision in a wide range of typical street environments. Citizens place a Telraam sensor in their window, and the data that is collected can be shared with local authorities and policy makers as Open Data.
Telraam devices can be set up by citizens on their individual streets, or by local campaign groups and government authorities who fund citizen networks to gather local traffic data.
Read more about the S2 device
The Telraam S2 is a custom device that sits in your window.
Once connected, you don’t need to do anything, just watch the counts as they happen.
The Telraam S2 has a low resolution camera (for privacy), an AI chip for detecting and categorising street users, and a built in mobile data connection that relays aggregated, anonymous data to the Telraam servers. The device simply needs to be powered and mounted on the inside of an upper-floor window with an unobstructed view over the street.
You can choose to host an individual device on your street, or work with the local authority or a campaign group to establish a wider network for a whole groups of streets.
You can read more below on Telraam's methodology and why Citizen Science is so unique and valuable, but it only works when you get involved.
Telraam provides the tools so motivated individuals can monitor their own street, but can also work together in a network to empower whole communities to work together.
Read all about our Network subscription and tools and see how you could build your own.
Is your street too busy, marred by cars and vans driving too fast? Do people want to walk, cycle, and play more in the street, but consider it unsafe?
Heavy traffic, especially on residential streets designed only for local traffic, can cause residents to question traffic flows as they impact livability.
Traffic counting in itself is not the solution, but it can be a powerful, quantitative tool in capable hands, forming a solid basis for meaningful discussions and reforms.
Forward-thinking local authorities are finding ways to address these social issues, to make our communities cleaner, safer, and healthier, but to do this they need supporting data.
That is why Telraam works with citizens and mobility professionals together: to gather the data needed to make the streets a better place.
Telraam offers purpose-built, affordable, artificial intelligence driven traffic counting sensors, a network-management framework, and a complete architecture for storing, analysing, visualising, and distributing traffic data. In this setup the Telraam sensors are hosted by citizen scientists, establishing a valuable bridge between their neighbourhoods, local authorities, and mobility professionals. This connection, and the open access to the collected traffic data, democratises local traffic planning, and opens up new opportunities for all involved parties.
The Telraam approach:
Citizen science projects can be a cost-effective way for local authorities to gather data and gain insights into traffic issues in their community. No need for expensive street installations to protect the security of street users and the counting devices.
Citizen scientists are residents of the community in which they are collecting data, which means they have the local knowledge and perspectives that can be valuable in understanding local issues and developing locally applicable solutions.
Citizen science projects can be a way to engage members of the community in the decision-making process and to get them more invested in finding solutions to the local challenges.
By involving citizens in the data-gathering process, local authorities can also create a greater sense of ownership and buy-in for solutions that are developed as a result of these collaborations, which will lead to more widespread adoption and a greater positive impact and reception in the community.
Telraam sensors count road users classified into various categories.
The data that is displayed on the Telraam website (and made available via the Telraam API) includes four categories.
The new Telraam S2 device is capable of differentiating between an even broader set of road user. These new classes are available to Data subscribers on the website reports and via the API.
|V1 data categories
|S2 data categories
As an individual citizen you can buy your own Telraam device and count traffic in your street on your own via the Telraam platform.
Alternatively, join one of the many networks already counting or recruiting.
No existing networks in your area, or need to decide where to collect traffic data?