Traffic monitoring is necessary for collecting data that provides a detailed description of the use and performance of road networks. There are two main ways to collect traffic data: either by manually observing the roads or by using electronic equipment to monitor roads at specific times.
Drones are used by various law enforcement agencies for surveillance along with monitoring crowds and traffic management during mass gatherings.
The data collected in traffic monitoring is used to support the safety, performance, and maintenance of the roads. In the past, many traffic monitoring organizations have used helicopters to achieve aerial views, or used cameras fixed above the roads. Both of these methods only serve one particular purpose. The cameras are difficult to move around efficiently, and using helicopters is too costly to use for repetitive road monitoring. Aerial surveillance drones offer a much more efficient and cost-effective alternative to helicopters and static cameras.
Lightweight drones are the ideal eye–in–the–sky for traffic monitoring due to their ability to transmit HD quality data over long distances in real-time.
Drones offer several advantages over traditional methods of traffic monitoring: they use waypoint navigation which allows them to be programmed to fly along specific routes repeatedly and can also be deployed to fly over specific roads and in specific situations, due to poor navigation.
AVs provide a rapid response and fast “eyes on” the target area with live updates for control stations while actively tracking and monitoring the target parameters. One of the key advantages of UAVs is their ability to collect imagery, which is suited for reconnaissance or rapid situation awareness with application for a policeman or police force to detect and monitor potential threats from a safe distance.
By having the drones provide perimeter security, this increased security by reducing the the need for as many security guards, but also provide an additional oversight in instances where security guards are deployed to ensure their adherence to patrolling routines.The speed, size, maneuverability and additional technologies make UAVs the perfect supplement to ground security teams seeking to perform monitoring tasks more quickly and efficiently.
Drones have a competitive edge over stationary cameras because intruders can’t easily step out of sight as drones can cover areas that are normally out of reach.
When surveilling sites, multi-rotor drones are often used more often since they provide higher maneuverability and can hover more easily. UAVs can provide live streaming of detailed data, follow objects or lawbreakers from a safe distance, and quickly cover a large area while also responding quickly to record images that can identify whether there might be problems.
High resolution videos from drones can be relayed to the command and control center to assist on-ground personnel in monitoring roads, guiding traffic, analyzing traffic activity, and identifying and tracking individual vehicles, reading license plates, etc.Drone surveillance presents an easier, faster, and cheaper method of data collection, and a number of other key advantages. Because drones can enter narrow and confined spaces, produce minimal noise, and can be equipped with night vision cameras and thermal sensors, make it possible to provide detailed imagery that the human eye is unable to detect.