The process of collecting turning movement counts, the basis of most if not all of our transportation studies, has certainly evolved. Originally, the process consisted of sitting at an intersection corner and essentially taking notes with paper and a clipboard. Works for sleepy intersections with little traffic, but not effective for many downtown and suburban areas.
Then we moved to count boards, which kept track of time and made tracking cars as easy as pressing a button. Fast forward again and we are in the camera age. Our current camera, internally developed at Spack Enterprise and available for sale at CountingCars.com, weighs about two pounds and can record about 50 hours’ worth of data. No reason you should be sending anyone out with a clipboard anymore in this day and age.
So why should you change to using video for your counts? Here’s our top ten list:
In addition to the hardware, we have developed a video processing service called CountCloud. Upload your video file to this system and we’ll get it counted fast with a guaranteed 72-hour turn-around. Sign-up for a free consult on CountingCars.com
And don’t forget to watch and listen to our discussion, including lots of questions after the main presentation, here. We go into more detail about the equipment, our top ten list, and our video processing service.