As a part of the Smart Cities initiative, the City of Perth is currently trialling the use of smart video analytics technology. The City recognises that Video analytics technology has evolved in the past few years.
The system is used for two purposes. The first purpose is in response to requests from law enforcement authorities, such as the Australian Federal Police or WA Police. The system supports investigations, prosecutions and law enforcement operations. This information is regulated as potential evidence for the prosecution of criminal matters and hence the information is classified as "PROTECTED". All "PROTECTED" information remains within a secure and separate Information Technology network and the data is deleted after 31 days. This technology enables the City to respond more quickly to safety concerns such as missing children in a much quicker, more efficient way.
The second purpose is to support city planning, tourism, and business opportunities. This information does not contain any Personal Data. This information is available and is classified as "UNCLASSIFIED". The data consists of hourly total counts of cars, bikes, trucks, busses, and pedestrians. Data is not available in real time.
The Smart City team is currently trialling the "UNCLASSIFIED" data using the 6 cameras installed at different locations as depicted in the map below.
Traffic Hot Spots
Traffic planners will use video analytics data to understand people, bike and vehicle movement patterns to optimise traffic flow and safety.
Urban planners are interested in finding out whether video analytics data can replace the manual counting of pedestrians and bikes that they rely on for urban planning. Pedestrian footfall data is useful to understand people movement and trends for identifying informed business development opportunities. People, vehicle and bike count sample data has been published in this Open Data Portal for public benefits.
The video analytics data from Murray Street Mall is being used to understand tourist needs. The data generated from video analytics reveals insights on how many people visit the information kiosk and how long they interact with iCity volunteers. This data can be used to improve iCity Kiosk services and resource management.
Dashboard below depicts the Video Analytics data:
Map depicting Smart City trial video camera locations and field of view: