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Nursinem Handan ŞAHAN
Graduated from Yıldız Technical University, Department of Geomatics Engineering in 2018 as an honour student. During her undergraduate education, she studied at the Warsaw University of Technology with the Erasmus + program. Currently continuing her education at Istanbul Technical University, Department of Geographical Information Technologies.

Nexar is giving US transit agencies, cities and departments of transportation (DoTs) access to its CityStream service which maps all road work zones across the country.

Ahead of rebuilding work following the US infrastructure bill, artificial intelligence (AI) computer vision company Nexar is giving US transit agencies, cities and departments of transportation (DoTs) access to its CityStream service.

The service, which works by detecting, monitoring and mapping all road work zones across the country, will be provided for three months at no cost to government offices. Nexar claims images are accurately located for context and time and sent over to city officials.

Rebuilding infrastructure

Governmental plans to rebuild infrastructure and reshape the economy – including fixing 20,000 miles of roads and 10,000 bridges across the country – are expected to create a sharp increase in new work zones causing traffic congestion and safety challenges.

As infrastructure restoration picks up speed, Nexar claims a CityStream licence will help cities, DoTs and agencies to automatically know how many work zones there are at any given time. This data will preserve the road’s vehicle capacity and coordinate activities in order to eliminate the danger of open trenches, the close proximity of pedestrians to roadways, or immovable objects on the road.

The company highlights that this is even more important as reports show an increase in deaths per mile travelled during the first half of 2020, even as the country was on lockdown due to Covid-19.

Nexar’s technology seeks to turn cars into “vision sensors”. It collects data every month from 130 million miles and has a dataset of 3.2 trillion images. Because work zones are generally unreported to mapping services, Nexar is extending its hand to the transportation industry.

The platform automatically detects barricade elements in work zones using AI and imagery from its dashcam network, remotely monitors the state of all work zones in real-time, knows when and where work is happening and enforces the safety of pedestrians, workers and drivers.

“As a result of Covid-19, traffic patterns have become even more dynamic, which means valuable time is wasted optimising safety and moderating traffic congestion in work zones,” said Eran Shir, Nexar’s CEO and co-founder.

“Nexar enables cities to ‘go back in time’ and check work zone set-ups on-demand instead of being supported by old data or out-of-date plans, thus ensuring that cities and DoTs are addressing today’s transportation patterns. Using Nexar’s data to address this issue means benefiting workers on the road, governmental decision-makers and the community itself.”

Source: AI vision specialist gives access to smart city tech ahead of infrastructure rebuild

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