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Mobility Safety and Information Access: A Functional Method for Watching Traffic Cameras

We will build a team of digital workers that provide real time monitoring of the traffic cameras surrounding the Michigan Central Station.

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There are six traffic cameras monitoring the freeways surrounding the impact area. What Blue Prism will do is create a digital team of silicon workers that can provide ‘round the clock eyes on these cameras. When those workers see anything such as a car accident, they will alert a human operator who can then marshal city services such as police, EMTs or the fire department as the situation dictates.

The traffic camera feeds are all publicly available via and can be watched from there. The digital workers will live either on an on-premise server or in cloud-based infrastructure.

This solution drives hard at increasing access to mobility information in a very specific domain by letting authorities know in real time where they are needed next with regards to emergencies on the access points to the impact area. In addition to that this system will accelerate the delivery on information concerning congestion at the camera sites which could be used to suggest different routes to residents and visitors.

How will your solution benefit residents, workers, or visitors in the Michigan Central Station impact area? (1,000 characters)

The benefit of this solution is the safety of the workers and visitors of the area. As the revitalization of Detroit takes flight a plethora of new traffic will flow into the impact area and with that new traffic, we can expect a correlating increase in traffic accidents. To stay ahead of that increase, we need a system that can provide real-time monitoring of the existing camera network and scale to the cameras that are likely to be added in the future and that is what this proposal provides. Imagine one scenario in where there is an accident involving immobile vehicles at the I-96 exit on Warren Ave. during rush hour. Within seconds of the accident a digital worker spots it and begin a workflow to inform an operator who then makes the decision whether or not to dispatch the police and whether or not to broadcast to the city that there was an accident at this exit and you can expect to be delayed on this section of highway.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Blue Prism is an organization dedicated to delivering the transformative power of intelligent automation to the world. Our connected RPA (Robotic Process Automation) platform is enjoyed by thousands of corporate and government clients across the globe. By tying together state of the art machine learning, machine vision and artificial intelligence we are able to deliver a capable and agile digital workforce to our customers.

Size of your team or organization

  • 501+

Team or Organization URL

Are you submitting as a student team?

  • No

Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?

  • No

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

The money will be used to cover the cost software licensing.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Our team member (Carla Marzari) has successfully built a working solution in house. To move to a working solution her teammate (Austin Duke) will build out the infrastructure in azure and together they will deploy the solution and tie it in to the existing public camera feeds. The challenge funding will be used to pay for azure and google vision usage. Once done Detroit will have access to a team of camera monitors that never sleep and can scale to accommodate any amount of additional cameras.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

If we measure the number of traffic accidents witnessed by the cameras against the number of traffic accidents reported to authorities at the camera locations we can measure success. If our solution reports a greater than or equal number than what was reported to authorities then with some visual verification we can conclude that our solution caught and reported every accident, even the ones that the people involved did not report themselves.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Post pilot we would enter in to a licensing agreement with the city in order to expand to more traffic cameras and to provide support for the deployed solution.

Social Media

Twitter: @blue_prism


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Photo of Boratha Tan

Thanks Austin Duke for your proposal. I am part of the facilitation team for City:One. I was wondering if this can also be used to moderate traffic (say, partner with Waze to guide traffic even more). Also, would a feasibility study be done on if residents would like this be done?

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Hello Boratha,

I sincerely apologize for the late reply here (I need to check my alerts).

As far as guiding traffic I'm not clear on the scope of the question. We could definitely design the process to report the accidents to Google or Waze so that residents using those would have access to their select alternate routes. We would also have the ability to do more integrations that might come out of a partnership which would be awesome!

With respect to a feasibility study, we could absolutely check the appetite of residents to see if this is something they would appreciate long term which seems likely given that they have accepted the cameras, it would make sense ( but it isn't certain for sure) that they would also approve of monitoring the cameras.