When one of our local councillors initially contacted our local Highways authority (Leicestershire County Council - LCC), their response to Telraam devices was pretty negative and dismissive.
At the same time we were told that LCC had “been working with similar types of equipment (using Raspberry Pi and Artificial Intelligence processing) since 2016. they said that they do have some of this AI counting infrastructure installed as part of their LCWIP Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans monitoring, although in that case the system was a far more refined (and subsequently costly) piece of kit permanently installed on street lighting columns.”
This person also referred to ‘to inherent flaws in the system which would lead him to believe that the device would not be suitable for traffic surveys’ when talking about Telraam.
They were dismissing the system yet claiming that they’re using something similar but more costly. I had to dig deeper.
Two replies to the person that dismissed Telraam went unanswered, he clearly didn’t want me to know any more about their systems.
I FOIed them and found out that they use Vivacity in 88 (!) locations. They wouldn’t tell me the costs though.
So I FOIed some other authorities that also use Vivacity and I am getting a better picture. (oh, VivaCity didn’t respond either, I tried LinkedIn, Email, Contact form and Twitter).
Monmouthshire has a scheme using these devices.
They didn’t give me a breakdown but said:
Total spend of £56,370, with no ongoing spend commitment.
Sunderland has 11 VivaCity sensors. Their accounts show a cost of £26,010 but it is listed twice with 2 different reference numbers so it may well have cost double. Even at a lower cost I make that ~ £2360 per sensor
I’m still waiting for an FOI in Bristol. I wrote to them:
Vivacity’s website states the following on Bristol is Using VivaCity Sensors to Monitor Cycling Trends - VivaCity
“In January 2021, six VivaCity traffic monitoring sensors were installed [by Bristol City Council] to support an in-depth evaluation before road changes became permanent in July 2021.”
"The on-going VivaCity data capture facility on Bristol Bridge is being used to help the project rationalise the road space now available since the Bus Gate project became permanent.
The evidence base provided by the VivaCity sensors will help decision makers to make the right call about managing the many modes that use this important junction.’
Please could you tell me how much was spent on Vivacity’s equipment and services as well as any ongoing costs. I’m particularly interested in the one-off cost for each of the six sensors as well as the license, maintenance or other fees that are paid to Vivacity.
This may be useful when you want to ask for funding of Telraam devices. VivaCity equipment looks great and can do more but it is also vastly more expensive and less flexible.
Remember, LCC uses 88 (!) of these and I estimate they spent hundreds of thousands on it. Which is great in a way as Leicester is improving massively in regards to active transport.
But there’s no need to shun Telraam.
Right, so they dismiss Telraam