smartmicro UHD Radar Sensors for Road and Traffic Monitoring Applications
Smart Microwave Sensors (smartmicro) designs, develops and manufactures sensing solutions for the traffic, as well as for the automotive industry.
In the future, one important aspect will be the communication of vehicular on-board sensors with the infrastructure. In such vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication scenarios, radar sensors will play an important role.
Safer roads, an optimised flow of traffic, autonomous driving and the transformation of current urban areas into smart cities are the key motivation for our technological developments.
Above-ground road sensors
smartmicro’s forward-looking, lane-specific, object-tracking radar delivers consistent, all-weather, maintenance-free, 24/7 live traffic data.
The above-ground sensor can be mounted on existing road infrastructure.
One single radar offers both stop bar and advance detection (up to 450m), while its wide beam covers up to eight lanes.
UHD-resolution radars for the road industry
smartmicro is the only radar manufacturer to offer true 4D or ultra-high definition (UHD) resolution.
The multi-lane, 4D-object tracking radar provides (X, Y, Z) Cartesian or polar coordinates, as well as range, azimuth and the elevation angles of multiple stationary and moving objects in the field of view. Artificial intelligence enhances the radar sensor to distinguish stationary infrastructure from stopped cars.
The term ‘UHD’ describes the separation of the individual targets by speed, range and angle.
The majority of available radar sensors separate objects by one parameter such as speed. When two objects are travelling at the same speed, one cannot be sensed by the radar, which significantly decreases its accuracy, especially in dense traffic situations. This is not the case when measuring with additional parameters such as range, angle or a combination of the two.
Recent independent long-term tests with smartmicro sensors have a presence-detection accuracy of 99% in scenarios such as traffic jams, stop-and-go traffic and busy intersections.
Radar-enabled traffic management sensors
smartmicro’s reliable traffic management radar technology is suitable for road applications in smart cities, as it provides precise real-time data for the traffic flow on arterials and intersections.
A recent project in the Netherlands saw our radars measure queue length estimation in an urban environment. During this project, the sensor covered approaches with up to six lanes at a range of 450m (0.3 miles). Any vehicles in this field-of-view, whether travelling fast, slowing down or stopping, can be reliably detected. The real-time object data is fed into a central software to precisely determine the length of the waiting queue. The equipped intersections become fully adaptive and the traffic flow can, therefore, be controlled, taking into consideration the queues at several intersections.
By looking at traffic management sensors, placed at an intersection to make the intersection ‘smart’ and ‘adaptive’, many new applications beyond traffic control become possible. The stationary radars will relay the data of all detected objects of all four legs of one intersection to the intersection controller, which will subsequently detect dangerous situations such as potential collisions. A Car2X communication module, attached to the controller, will transmit warning messages to approaching vehicles.
For instance, the data of the stationary infrastructure radar sensors will be fused with the data of the on-board vehicle radar sensors.
smartmicro develops leading technology in both of these environments and is currently working to make road travel safer.
Products and Services
Comparison of Different Non-Intrusive Detectors for Intersection Management
This case study includes details of an independent trial in Finland to verify non-intrusive detectors in winter conditions, as well as compare them with loop detectors, which have challenges with maintenance, no pedestrian detection and difficulties with adapting to changed traffic guidance.
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