Bluecity VS Inductive Loops

Thursday, July 21st, 2022 at 9:29 am. Published in by .

BLUECITY VS. INDUCTIVE LOOPS

Learn whether inductive loops are the right traffic data collection tool.

Inductive loops are the most common traffic sensors. Used in many cities around the world, they were developed to detect the presence of passing vehicles on the road and at intersection.

While this helps urban planners know when and how many cars are at an intersection, they have several significant disadvantages:

To address these shortcomings, new solutions for collecting traffic data have emerged, such as radar, video cameras and lidar sensors.

Bluecity AI solution is ideal for urban planners and engineering firms who want to better understand and improve smart city mobility. You can get the best planning results by capturing multimodal, traffic data in real-time thanks to lidar sensors and AI-based analytics.

This powerful and cost effective
solution allows you to collect traffic data 24/7 regardless of lighting or weather.

Bluecity AI solution is ideal for urban planners and engineering firms who want to better understand and improve smart city mobility. You can get the best planning results by capturing multimodal, traffic data in real-time thanks to lidar sensors and AI-based analytics.

This powerful and cost effective
solution allows you to collect traffic data 24/7 regardless of lighting or weather.

TABLE OF COMPARISON

Detection Inductive loop Bluecity Technology
Detects presence of vehicles accept.png accept.png
Measures all modes of transport accept.png accept.png
Detects speed delete-button.png accept.png
Detects trajectory delete-button.png accept.png
Detects post encroachment time delete-button.png accept.png
Works in any weather accept.png accept.png
Works in any lighting accept.png accept.png
User-defined virtual loops delete-button.png accept.png
Counts number of near misses delete-button.png accept.png
Detects red-light runners delete-button.png accept.png
Detects illegal turning delete-button.png accept.png
No collection of private citizen data accept.png accept.png
Provides signal performance measures accept.png accept.png
Reporting and Analytics Inductive loop Bluecity Technology
See real-time live feed delete-button.png accept.png
Uses AI for real-time decision-making delete-button.png accept.png
Customizable dashboards delete-button.png accept.png
Predictive analysis delete-button.png accept.png
Crosswalk occupancy data delete-button.png accept.png
Estimates pedestrian crossing time delete-button.png accept.png
Provides time to collision analysis delete-button.png accept.png
Cloud-based delete-button.png accept.png
No additional bandwidth required delete-button.png accept.png
Installation & Maintenance Inductive loop Bluecity Technology
Easy to install delete-button.png accept.png
Inexpensive installation delete-button.png accept.png
One sensor per intersection required delete-button.png accept.png
Easy maintenance delete-button.png accept.png
Inexpensive maintenance delete-button.png accept.png

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Answer: No

Inductive loops were developed to detect the metal in cars or trucks or other vehicles. They cannot detect road users, such as pedestrians. Motorcyclists and cyclists can be difficult to detect because pavement deterioration, improper installation, and street repair can impair a loop’s integrity and degrade a loop’s its performance. Furthermore, the motorcyclist or cyclist

Short answer: No

In order to install inductive loops, roads must be dug up causing road closures. The installation is intrusive, takes time and is expensive.

Short answer: Yes

Inductive loops provide accurate results in ideal conditions. This means that the pavement at the intersection has not deteriorated badly, installation was done properly, and that the useful life of the inductive loops has not passed.

Other factors that negatively affect accuracy include traffic density, vehicle movement and traffic composition

Answer: No

Inductive loops can sense when a car has passed over the detection area.

They cannot detect the speed or trajectory of the vehicles, limiting the amount of useful data they can provide planners.

Answer: No

Inductive loops can only provide information about the. Number of vehicles that have passed over the detection area.

This type of information cannot indicate whether an intersection is dangerous, only whether it is busy.

INDUCTIVE LOOP

REVIEW SUMMARY

Pros

Inductive loops have been a popular choice for about 60 years and have been adopted in many countries. They accurately provide information about the number of vehicles that have passed over the loops’ detection area.

Cons

Inductive loops cannot provide information about type of road user, speed, trajectories and other detailed traffic information that is vital for improving road safety. They are also expensive to install and maintain.

Best Alternative

Bluecity’s solution is a unique, cost-effective solution that allows planners to capture multimodal traffic data in real-time 24/7. Its lidar sensors are easy to install and maintain and most intersections require only one sensor. It leverages artificial intelligence to power advanced safety analytics that help identify dangerous intersections and improve road safety.

Bluecity is a modern solution for traffic data collection, traffic actuation and safety analytics.

Contact us to discover our

Traffic Data Solutions