Monitoring traffic with CleverLoop

We are always on the lookout for novel uses of CleverLoop camera security systems, and when one comes up that we think is worthwhile, we like to tell you about it.

Monitoring traffic with a CleverLoop system seemed to fit the bill, so here it is.

One of the CleverLoop team lives in a planned community where the main driveway is also an access for their neighbour (a hospital). The community needed a way to work out how many cars were using the drive to access the hospital versus the community itself.

Straight away a couple of solutions presented themselves. The first was the classic ‘Why don’t we pay someone to sit on the driveway and count the cars?’ closely followed by ‘What about those strips you put across the road that count the cars automatically?’

Although both solutions would work, the low tech option involved finding someone willing to sit on a driveway for many long boring hours with a clipboard, and would probably cost a fair bit if a weeks worth of data was needed.

The high tech option would likely do exactly what it says on the box, but with a suitable large price tag, even if the gear was just hired for a week.

Then someone did some lateral thinking and wondered if one of those home security cameras might be able to do the job. Not bad given that the CleverLoop person wasn’t even involved at that stage!

At first glance it looked like it should work, after all, security cameras get used for surveillance all the time, and what they needed was surveillance cameras for cars.

To test the idea, a Cleverloop outdoor security camera was installed on a building so that it overlooked the point in the driveway where cars either turn up to the community, or go straight ahead to the Hospital. A hotspot was then set up on the camera to ensure that it didn’t pick up any vehicle movements in the hospital car park that was just in it’s field of view.

Hotspot used to ignore cars moving in the car park.

Hotspot setup to ignore cars moving in the car park (top left).

In addition, a hard drive was hooked up to the Base Station to record all the footage from the camera, so it could be reviewed later.

The camera was armed on the Cleverloop app, and the test began.

Over a couple of days the CleverLoop app received a lot of alerts, but it was pretty easy to do a count up of the cars that went either way each day, and then bulk delete the alerts ready to start again the next day.

The camera looking at the driveway.

The app showing the camera in question looking at the driveway.

The testing showed that the CleverLoop system was going to be a very cheap and easy way to monitor the traffic, with initial counts being taken from the alerts each day, and then double checked by reviewing the footage on the hard drive at the end of the measurement period.

The plan with the hard drive recordings is to hook the drive up to a computer so that each half hourly file can be rapidly scanned through in fast forward with a tally kept of cars going either way.

All in all, using a CleverLoop security system to do this sort of monitoring is looking like a good, low cost solution.



by CleverLoop Team
June 15, 2017