The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has started using artificial intelligence and video analytics to monitor road condition and track potholes in the township.
Explaining the technology, officials said that a GPS mapping-enabled camera is being fixed atop a vehicle to move on the road and make a survey to survey road condition. “The camera has a 130-degree frontal field view. It can automatically identify and record images of distressed road conditions and measure the latitude and longitude of potholes. The crater or pothole on any part of the road is tracked and identified by artificial intelligence. The captured image is saved in the server,” said a NKDA official.
The technology also consists of video analytics in which the severity of potholes is judged and then detailed in an excel sheet, giving the exact locations and severity of the potholes in the road in a table format.
“One of the advantages of this technology of detecting potholes is that it can identify any damaged road spot in its earliest stage. This will enable us to repair the damaged spot before the pothole gets larger and damages more road space,” said an official.
Officials said that issues such as construction material dumped on the roadside, unauthorised stalls can also be tracked using the technology. “This will enable us to take prompt and fast corrective measures,” said an official.
Authorities said that this innovative solution has been procured very recently and is now being incorporated as a tool in the road monitoring device in NKDA’s engineering wing. “The initial results are quite satisfactory and plans are on to use the technology in a widespread manner across New Town, specially for detecting potholes on the inner lanes of the township and provide better services to the residents of the township,” said an official.
Officials added that research work has been going on exploring such AI-based pothole detecting technology in different countries.
Source: Times of India