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How Abu Dhabi will use big data to create smart cycling infrastructure

How Abu Dhabi will use big data to create smart cycling infrastructure

By measuring cycling traffic, urban planners can optimise routes and amenities that can support day-to-day activities Supplied photo As Abu Dhabi is aiming to become…

Thursday, Mar 24

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By measuring cycling traffic, urban planners can optimise routes and amenities that can support day-to-day activities

Supplied photo As Abu Dhabi is aiming to become a global cycling hub, big data can be used to create smart, safe and secure cycling infrastructure, a top expert said.

“We all know that data is critical for smart cities. Having data about the safety, conditions, use frequency and performance of cycling routes can help prioritise interventions and be a tool for city planners and engineers to become more data led. Through measuring cycling traffic, urban planners can optimise routes and amenities that support day-to-day activities. That makes cycling safer, more efficient and enjoyable,” said Irene McAleese, co-founder of UK-based See.Sense, which strives to make cycling safer and smarter through use of sensors and AI-fusion technology.

McAleese took part in a panel discussion on smart cities and use of technology held at Expo 2020 Dubai. She noted that integrating smart solutions into day-to-day cycling is a lot easier than it may seem. McAleese, co-founder of UK-based See.Sense. Supplied photo “It can be as straightforward as cyclists installing a geo-tracking sensor onto their bikes. Cities including Dublin, Antwerp and London have all been able to see bicycle traffic movement through Smart Cycling projects involving the installation of such devices on bikes. By understanding how people are moving across the city and identifying origin and destination patterns, entire infrastructure networks can be evaluated, and Intelligent Transport System (ITS) applications – such as more optimal timing of traffic […]

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