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intuNews Issue 80


Near-Miss Detection

Near-miss detection is a rising application area for intuVision VA Traffic and Security, for preventing incidents where people, vehicles, or machinery come into close proximity. Monitoring near-misses provide metrics to track signage efficacy or highlight areas requiring attention.

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At intuVision we listen to our users and take their feedback to continuously expand the functionality of our analytics. Our newest feature, near-miss detection, builds on the robust core of intuVision VA to detect and prevent accidents before they happen.

Sadiye Guler, PhD.
CEO & President
intuVision, Inc.

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near-miss detection at a sidewalk.

Prevent Accidents with Near-Miss Detection

A rising application area for intuVision's video analytics is tracking near-miss incidents between pedestrians and vehicles at intersections or other pedestrian crosswalks, as well as detecting non-compliant driver behavior. A near-miss incident may occur when a vehicle does not stop at a crosswalk with pedestrians, or pedestrians proceed to cross the street during a red light while vehicles are passing through. Driver non-compliance around the crosswalks involve not slowing down approaching a crosswalk, or not stopping despite the traffic signage. Studying near-miss incidents that have the potential to cause, but do not actually result in human injury, provide data for planning safer crosswalks and signage for safety of pedestrians.

Revealing occurrence patterns of near-miss incidents, or non-compliant driver behaviors, is crucial for preventing future accidents. Factors such as the locations, time periods, and travel directions all represent important data points in understanding the nature of these events. To facilitate post analysis, intuVision VA keeps a detailed log of all detected events with time stamps, descriptions, and image snapshots. This information can be used to cross-reference with incident reports, to track risky behavior around crosswalks, and to drive decisions around placement of ticketing agents, adjustments to signage, or other enforcement.

Click below to see intuVision Traffic in action at an intersection crosswalk, alarming for vehicles putting the safety of people at risk and turning into the crosswalk while the pedestrians are crossing. As you can see from the video, vehicles travelling parallel to the crosswalk or safely stopping before the crosswalk do not trigger an alarm.

intuVision VA provides options for communication with existing traffic signaling for creating of comprehensive reports, separating incidents where the pedestrians had right of way from those when vehicles had right of way and pedestrians were crossing when not allowed.

Other potential uses for this near-miss detection are:

  • Intersections: alerting when vehicles on different trajectories come close to one another - i.e. two vehicles cross at the same time during a four way stop, leading to unsafe potential conflicts within the intersection.
  • Jay-walking pedestrians: alerting when pedestrians are seen in roadways away from crosswalks and when this correlates with near-miss behavior.
  • Manufacturing: alert when floor staff are too close to moving heavy equipment, creating safety concerns and potentially requiring intervention.

If you are interested in learning more about analytics for detecting traffic incidents or for any other unique application of video analytics, please contact us contact us to learn more.

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