Traffic signs are an important part of the road infrastructure and are needed to ensure smooth and safe traffic flow. A well-managed inventory of all traffic signs on a road network is beneficial to agencies responsible for maintaining and managing the transportation assets. A comprehensive inventory for traffic signs with an efficient mechanism for updating it could reduce the potential for liability associated with outdated, inappropriately placed, or missing signs.
Traffic sign inventory management is a manual process which requires significant level of effort to identify and classify signs for required asset management. Transportation agencies employ partially automated data collection methods utilizing image and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data for collecting asset inventory information. However, the process to identify specific assets from these data sources is still a manual and time-consuming process.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) can eliminate the need for manual data processing for asset inventory. In particular, AI can provide a fully automated mechanism for traffic signs identification based on the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) standard for streets and highways. A combination of computer vision and deep learning techniques can offer real-time, fast, and accurate image processing for sign detection and classification requiring no manual effort.
Our technology is based on the latest research and utilizes the regression method for object detection as compared to the legacy classification approach. iENGINEERING has optimized the AI technology by modifying the most recent version of YOLO (You Only Look Once) neural network. The optimized YOLO network packaged in our technology increases mean Average Precision (mAP) of the model by 11% with improved Intersection over Union (IoU) as compared to traditional YOLO.
iENGINEERING AI technology can be enhanced to provide additional information such as lane detection, driving area segmentation, road marking classification, and other infrastructure assets. It also supports edge devices for plug-and-play integration with cameras, drones, and other offline data collection systems to bring real-time AI capabilities such as autonomous navigation, 3D tracking, scene understanding, and asset detection.
Our technology is available as a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that can be used by the transportation agencies to process their image and LiDAR data with minimum upfront investment. It can also be integrated with existing commercial asset management systems and services currently used by the transportation agencies.