How many times have you heard the phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words”? It might sound cliché by now, but this saying is still extremely relevant in today’s world. In fact, we are living in an era where everyone has a camera everywhere. Anything, anywhere, anytime can be recorded due to the widespread availability of video recording devices.

Why not leverage this every day’s technology for improving work zone safety and mobility?

Pictures and videos of a site can be used to document work zone events and ensure their safety. With digital recordings, not only do you get to see the overall site conditions, but also you can get important site details such as locations and distances of work zone devices with the aid of special software such as ConeIQ – a patent-pending work zone safety solution. Using the ConeIQ platform, you can simply upload pictures of all the work zone devices to its platform using your smartphone camera and in return, you will be able to see if the devices were placed in all the right places at all the right distances!

Beyond providing important location and site condition data, a picture or a video can go even further and can be used to recognize people and objects. Imagine if you could capture a picture or a video of your work zone and quickly get a computer-generated report if the correct signs were placed and the layout complies with the design guidelines! With computer vision technology, this exciting feature is very possible. Computer Vision is defined as a field of study that seeks to develop techniques to help computers “see” and understand the content of digital images such as photographs and videos.

Computer vision technology allows for remarkable advancements to be made in work zones. A computer vision algorithm applied on an image or video within a work zone could automatically detect and recognize traffic signs and cones and mark them on an online map for geo-referencing. Once these traffic devices are recognized, the devices can also be checked for distance compliance, or alerts can be issued if/when a device is not correct or in the right location.

Pictures and videos of your work zones can be used as good accountability and training tools for your company, in addition to reducing liability. Think about starting this practice at your organization if you already do not. If you are using the ConeIQ platform for your work zones, you can already see how taking pictures of your work zone can show you if your work zone has a correct layout and is meeting all distance requirements. In the near future, ConeIQ’s patent-pending solution will be incorporating the computer vision features mentioned above so that work zone devices and objects can be digitally recognized for their correct use in addition to other compliance information. Be on the lookout for this update!

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