Freeflow - A Completely automatic, realtime road traffic tracking using traffic cameras and tweets.

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October 19, 2012

Freeflow - A Completely automatic, realtime road traffic tracking using traffic cameras and tweets.

I gave this talk at the Dublin Web Summit on October 19 2012. It's about a project I did for the BT Young Scienitst and Technology Exhibition 2012. Read about it here: http://freeflowapp.com.

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James Eggers

October 19, 2012
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  1. Hi!
 
 I’m James Eggers, a student and programmer in

    Dublin.
 @james_eggers james@jameseggers.com
  2. WHY I’M HERE •  In January 2012, I entered my

    project, “FreeFlow: Detecting road traffic in real time with Twitter and Traffic Cameras” into the BT Young Scientist. •  It won it’s category, and the EMC ‘data-hero’ award. •  In the BT Business of Science, it won ‘Best Digital Project’, which included the opportunity to speak to you today!
  3. WHAT DID IT DO EXACTLY? •  Automatically gathered real-time road

    traffic data •  With Traffic Cameras and via Twitter •  Dispensed structured road traffic info via web app •  Also displayed data about ice levels on roads, average road temperature and air temperture from the national roads authority.
  4. TRAFFIC CAMERA ALGORITHM

  5. TRAFFIC CAMERAS •  Every ~10 minutes, traffic cameras take a

    picture •  Pictures are analysed with an algorithm I created
  6. O’CONNELL BRIDGE 22/12/11

  7. JUST NEED THE ROADS

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  9. TWITTER •  Twitter was a great source of information • 

    Tweets were analyzed in real-time •  Looking for words like “accident” or “delays” •  Location was also found by searching for words like “on” or “at”. •  Then used Bing Maps to complete the address, and convert to latitude/longitude pair to map. •  Tweets that mentioned an incident, were kept for 4 hours before being cleared from the system.
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  12. THANKS! QUESTIONS? @james_eggers james@jameseggers.com