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Drone Aerial Traffic Monitoring

One lesser thought but rapidly growing use of drones is traffic management and traffic flow optimisation. 

The ability of drones to give a unique aerial perspective changes how we can manage traffic. Their data collection ability sets them apart from traditional techniques. Drones operating at height provide a more comprehensive visualisation of traffic problems.

Drone Traffic Monitoring GalwaySeeing how people interact with the expected traffic flow allows new data to be captured to influence decisions. Parking areas and spaces can be optimised, allowing for maximum capacity while not overfulfilling. This is not a recent activity; it is usually done from CCTV feeds. What if there is no CCTV in an area, or the cameras are too low to give a complete overview? Drone traffic management options can be deployed quickly, safely and gather the data you need.

Uncrewed aerial vehicles or drones can go higher and capture more area, giving a complete picture. A whole parking lot can be quickly mapped, including ingress and egress points. We can also see beyond the points of entry and exit, so see if external factors, such as traffic lights or junctions, affect your clients. Combining an aerial map of a car park with real-time images and video, combined with analytics software, gives a complete solution. 

Drone traffic surveys are quickly becoming the go-to solution for car park optimisation.

Irelands Largest Drone Traffic Survey

Drone Services Ireland completed a drone traffic monitoring survey in Galway. The picture above is an image taken in the morning, and it was the single largest drone operation to be completed in the Republic of Ireland. Due to specific requirements from the client, seven drones were required to be operated simultaneously at various points around the city. The project took many weeks of planning and coordinating with the client but was completed successfully with no issues.

Aerial Traffic Analysis

By combining drone traffic monitoring data with the latest software in the field, valuable information and analytics can be gathered. We can show you a percentage of cars versus trucks or vans and peak bottleneck times, and this information can help determine if the layout is optimal or if there are pain points affecting customers and clients.

We use many software packages for different analytics, and combining these gives us extra capability. We recently completed the most significant single drone operation in the Republic of Ireland. We were engaged to recording traffic flows at peak traffic times in and around Galway City. This successful completion of this project required seven simultaneous drones to record traffic during that period at locations across the city. 

We completed this mission without incident and provided our client with time-stamped 4K footage. This took considerable planning, from a safety and weather point of view, as we had a specific time slot to complete the mission. Data management is key when multiple operators and providing footage. Standards need to be defined and setup to ensure consistent results. We plan all the details of the project and engage with authorities and operators to complete your projects.


If you want to improve the customer experience and increase the flow rate in car parks or drop-off points, we can help.