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Road to a Safer Future

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EUREKA is sponsoring a collaborative research effort called E! 4160 VICATS, which is developing a traffic surveillance system that needs minimal human intervention. The researchers say the software system could lead to a new type of road traffic monitoring. The project is led by University of Novi Sad's Vladimir Crnojevic, with collaborative efforts from researchers at University College Ghent, Fitis-JU, and Traficon.

The VICATS software produces intelligent and reliable traffic readings based on the trajectories of moving vehicles. The completely autonomous system collects information 24 hours a day and can automatically anticipate potential hazards and traffic jams. "The system can operate successfully in all weather conditions and is capable of deducing a wealth of high-level knowledge," says Crnojevic.

The software could be optimized and linked to current traffic monitoring systems using open architecture. The system also works well in difficult lighting conditions, such as in tunnels, as well as on bridges and at crossroads. "Our software can be considered an upgrade to the surveillance system previously offered by our industrial partner," Crnojevic says.

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