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Infrastructure Planning and Expansion in Train Stations using Video Analytics

Infrastructure planning and expansion are instrumental to the smooth functioning of railway stations.

Published

December 7, 2022

Crowded platform of a train station.

In any planning process, the progress of given technical standards is desired in order to grant users higher standards of accessibility and safety. Isarsoft Perception offers applicability in the domain of train station planning and is fully equipped to handle the improvement of infrastructure.

The Need for Regular Infrastructure Usage Analysis in Train Stations

When planning a change in existing infrastructure or ideating a new design concept, planners always have to analyze thoroughly the usage of the existing infrastructure. This includes calibrating user data to chart out a pros and cons list. 

Train stations, which form the backbone of any public transport system, and especially in Germany, are subjected to regularly scheduled infrastructure checks in order to maintain a certain standard of operations. 

The use of smart technology such as Isarsoft Perception simplifies the analysis process, by allowing planning personnel access to a live, AI-enabled database. The data can then be exported to third-party forums such as Excel (click here to view our blog about how to import to excel) and used in the decision-making process.

How does Isarsoft Perception support Infrastructure Usage Monitoring?

As mentioned above, Isarsoft Perception generates high-precision data which is scalable and occurs in real time. It can thereafter be used for a wide variety of applications and functions required to analyze, expand and improve infrastructure.

The ‘Object Count’ application allows the user to get an accurate count of desired variables, whether it is people or common objects found in train stations. The appropriate model variant can be chosen after selecting the application.

The point of employing a model variant that allows the user to count people and objects, is to present to them an overview of the space, the occupancy it records according to time of the day or day of the week, and how efficient the existing systems are. The observable patterns can be used to form predictive models that allow architects to prevent future mistakes or oversights.

Some model variants employed by Isarsoft Perception.

To state an example, having a reliable count of the people who use the train station throughout the week helps planners detect and identify problem areas such as a lack of space, missing signage, a lack of wheelchair access, markings to denote classified zones and optimally placed stairwells and elevators. 

Real-time Detection in a crowded train station.

The above image is a depiction of a train station at rush hour. The detection of persons is crucial to analyzing the utility value of all the structural systems.

What are the benefits of monitoring Infrastructure Usage?

The benefits of infrastructure monitoring are many and can be broadly classified into inter-connected arenas of reliability, safety, cost-effiency and a system of real-time data and alerts.

Enhance Reliability

As highly used systems for commuting, the efficiency of a train station is directly proportional to customer and end-user satisfaction. By employing smart technology systems, current issues can be tracked and resolved quickly. 

Improve Safety Protocol

Isarsoft Perception’s data collection and analysis allows the user access to relevant business insights that are instrumental in the process of conducting a safety sweep. The software helps planners prepare in advance for safety-critical events, through the upkeep and expansion of infrastructure. 

Additionally, the software can be used to keep track of idle and busy times - thereby ensuring that security personnel are deployed in greater numbers in the wake of rush hour or a festival.

Budgeting and Conservation of Resources

With systems as vast and far-reaching as a city’s railway network, it should be no surprise that a process such as updation of infrastructure commands quite a sizable budget. What infrastructure usage monitoring does is that it allows decision-makers to anticipate performance issues, maintain inventories of essential equipment services and machinery that may need replacement, and budget accordingly.

The same allows usable resources to be conserved.

Real-time Alerts

Isarsoft Perception analyzes data in real-time, thereby enabling a quick response time in case of accident, a breach of safety protocol or a security threat, or general assistance. The same is true for Infrastructure Usage Monitoring, with problem areas being quickly identified and resolved. 

If, for example, a certain space can only accommodate a fixed number of people and the limit is exceeded, the alert can be used as an indicator to conduct necessary design changes.

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