To ensure the maximum reliability of its software, Wintics needs correct cameras to connect to Cityvision. This is where Hikvision cameras contributed to the solution. In May 2020, Wintics chose Hikvision thermal cameras (DS-2TD2136) to integrate with its own software to film the traffic lanes, which then feeds into the Wintics system, which can differentiate between cars, motorbikes, buses, and other vehicles, producing real-time data with more than 90% accuracy.
Wintics used Hikvision cameras for several reasons. Firstly, Hikvision had the perfect balance between competitiveness and quality on the market as Hikvision offers reliable and consistent products. In fact, Wintics usually defers to Hikvision cameras for its installations. Secondly, the company opted for thermal rather than optical cameras for this case because thermal cameras solve an inevitable problem for optical cameras capturing traffic images – glare! Optical cameras may capture the glare from oncoming headlights, and strong sunshine, resulting in an obscured image, which in turn can obscure the data and analysis. Thermal cameras on the other hand don't capture light at all, only heat – ruling out the possibility of glare obstructing the camera's function.
Thermal cameras also have an edge for potential GDPR issues. Since only the vehicle is recorded, the faces of drivers and their license plates are indecipherable. Where privacy is concerned, erring on the side of caution is made easier by using thermal cameras. Another plus to using thermal cameras is that they generally require less bandwidth to operate than optical cameras, making them an ideal solution if bandwidth is a potential constraint to effective operation.
Result: Accurate vehicle counting and classification