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Isarsoft Perception for Smart Train Stations

The railway system in Germany is the foundation of local and regional public transportation systems.

Published

September 13, 2022

Crowd counting with Isarsoft Perception at a train station.

Predictions forecast that the number of people who avail of train travel will double by the year of 2030. It is necessary, thereby, to bolster the system adequately so that it can withstand the estimated footfall in due time and continue to function efficiently.

An effective transport system is one of the focal points of a city or town. It boosts the economy, attracts industries and improves the standard of living for those who reside in it. Countries all over the world are adopting urban technologies to reinforce existing transport systems, and Germany is doing the same. 

How does video analytics help? It’s simple - the use of video analytics is linked to better performance, efficient data collection and analysis and conservation of resources. Isarsoft Perception is designed to do just that, in a way that makes mobility, optimization and planning more efficient, secure and inclusive.

The aim is to use Isarsoft Perception’s intelligent transport analysis to drive the process further and simplify the work of operators and users alike.

Isarsoft’s video intelligence is scalable, reliable and occurs in real time. Some key features that prove extremely useful in the use case of a train station are as follows:

  • Live Processing: The cameras are evaluated in real time and KPI collection occurs instantaneously. This allows problem analysts to make quick decisions.
  • High precision: Isarsoft Perception uses highly precise evaluation and analysis techniques.
  • Seamless Integration: Isarsoft Perception can be seamlessly integrated into VMS and BI systems.
  • Information Security: Regular internal and external controls ensure a high level of information security.
  • Automatic anonymization: Isarsoft Perception automatically anonymizes camera streams.
  • GDPR compliance: Isarsoft Perception complies with all relevant privacy policies.

Train Station Planning

Isarsoft Perception offers a complete suite of applications in order to help with mobility and planning at train stations, in real time.

With the help of the software, planners can track and analyze people flow numbers, create trajectory flows in an area of choosing and map the busiest times of the day. Train stations experience high footfall on a daily basis, and one of the primary ways of optimizing resources is by keeping count of those who avail of the train services. With the data generated, planners can deploy personnel in a way such that fewer resources are consumed.

The collected data can also be used for infrastructure development. By having a record of people in different parts of the station on a daily basis, planners can implement design changes to support the flow of people, depending on region. 

Isarsoft Perception uses intuitive data collection and analysis to calibrate people flow.

If, for example, one particular entrance to a given train station is more heavily used than others - the numbers will serve as an indication of architectural changes such as widening the point of entrance, additional stairs and escalators.

The optimization of timetables is an integral part of maintaining order in busy train stations. The data is used to track movement patterns and utilization periods to generate an optimized timetable.

Train Station Optimization

The key to optimization lies in the consistency and reliability of the data acquired. Isarsoft Perception collects data 24*7.

The optimization of passenger flow is a key function at train stations. Not only does it aid the process of mobility improvement, it is also instrumental in helping decision makers assess utilization, anticipate future demand, and keep chaos from occurring.

Since Isarsoft Perception collects data in real time, it can be used and analyzed with immediacy. This supports business processes and planning decisions key to smooth functioning.

Furthermore, the smooth functioning of a train station depends greatly on quick response times. Isarsoft Perception enables decision makers and personnel to achieve the same and prevent delays and mistakes.

Train Station Security

It is no secret that security personnel work around the clock in train stations. Their jobs are made easier by the data-based security management that software systems like Isarsoft Perception offer. Due to an increase in passenger volume and infrastructure that is largely outdated, the use of urban technology in train stations has risen.

One of Isarsoft Perception’s primary functions is the establishment and maintenance of platform security. This would entail using passenger flow information and footfall to keep platforms safe for use always, prevention of overcrowding and jostling, and alerting staff immediately in case of an accident.

The software is also trained to identify patterns of unusual behavior that may serve as indication for health emergencies or crimes. The same is application to inanimate objects, with Isarsoft Perception being able to identify objects that may pose a danger.

Testimonials: MVG

"The solutions of lsarsoft GmbH help us as MVG to monitor the utilization of our infrastructure, to determine passenger numbers and ultimately to specifically increase the satisfaction of our customers. In demanding application scenarios such as the Oktoberfest, Isarsoft solutions have proven to be very helpful in daily operations. Particularly noteworthy are the high counting accuracy and fast setup of our existing camera systems." - Patrick Chuh, project manager and in charge of video technology planning at the Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG).
Crowd counting using Isarsoft Perception at Oktoberfest.

MVG is owned by the parent company of Stadtwerke München (SWM), an organization responsible for the safe passage of about 600 million passengers every year. It is, therefore, necessary to ensure a symbiotic relationship with urban technology services that can help regulate daily processes and make commutes easier for all those who avail of public transportation in and around the city. 

To highlight the scale of the operation, the entire route network has a total length of over 100 kilometers. The vehicle consists of  300 buses, over 100 streetcars and almost 600 subway cars. They are subject to regular use and maintenance, as per requirement.

As elucidated by the MVG’s Patrick Chuh, Isarsoft not only carries out passenger flow operations daily, it also becomes particularly useful during large-scale events and festivals where keeping track of people count is the need of the hour.

More about Isarsoft

With Isarsoft Perception, your camera systems become part of your business intelligence. Whether the goal is to increase efficiency, customer satisfaction or safety, Isarsoft Perception provides the insights needed for informed decisions.

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