Incident detection for inclement weather

Automatic Incident Detection (AID) with Deep Learning sees through storms, improving response times to collisions and enhancing road safety 

Better response times in bad weather

When blizzards blind lanes and roads turn into rivers, Citilog’s Automatic Incident Detection sees through the storm. Trained on a massive dataset of incident images, including those with inclement weather, the system is:

Precise, minimizing false alarms – by a factor of 10 compared to other AI systems – letting you focus on real danger

Proactive, allowing you to react instantly, preventing secondary accidents before they happen

Deep learning sees through storms, discarding weather to detect incidents. Deep learning sees through storms, discarding weather to detect incidents.

Bad weather is bad news for drivers and agencies

Every rainfall, snowstorm, patch of ice, and gust of wind brings an increased risk for drivers and the agencies that manage our roads:

  • In the United States, inclement weather contributes to 21% of all road collisions
  • In Canada, nearly 30% of all traffic accidents are tied to weather

These are sobering statistics that underscore the challenges faced by traffic operators. When skies turn stormy, highways, bridges, and tunnels become particularly treacherous, with higher speeds, limited visibility, and unique structural hazards amplifying the dangers.

Deep Learning is the key for incident detection

Other AI incident detection systems lack the advantage of Deep Learning, their performance degrading in poor weather just when they are needed most. Without a way to filter out rain and snow, real incidents are missed, and false alarms can overwhelm operators.

In high-risk, low-visibility situations, minimizing these false alarms helps maintain confidence in the system. With Deep Learning, false positives are reduced by a factor of 10. By training the algorithm to recognize weather, AID discards these non-incidents and identifies accidents and other road hazards as they happen. This allows it to quickly and accurately detect incidents even when visibility is impaired:

  • Stopped & slow vehicles
  • Wrong-way drivers
  • Congestion
  • Debris
  • Pedestrians 

Roll the right crews at the right time 

AID provides traffic operators with real-time information about incidents through alerts and visual displays. This helps them understand the severity of the situation quickly and make informed decisions about deploying resources and managing traffic flow. These accurate and timely incident alerts reduce the workload on operators and enable them to focus on genuine problems requiring attention, ensuring effective utilization of resources. Most importantly, early detection of incidents translates to faster response times for emergency services, reducing secondary accidents and potentially saving lives.

Don’t wait for tragedy to strike in the next storm. Equip your infrastructure with Automatic Incident Detection and secure every road, every mile, every moment.

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