Data analytics experts at Queen’s University Belfast have teamed up with local company See.Sense to create an intelligent bike light, which could help to improve road safety.
Professor Marshall said: “This research is a really exciting development in data analytics. At Queen’s, we have been able to work with See.Sense to help make cycling safer and more enjoyable, and at the same time show how data can be used to create a smart and safer city. The work the team is doing has received a number of awards and global recognition, with the company winning the BT SME Award last year for ‘Connected Cities’, held in conjunction with the UK Cabinet Office.
“The analytics can detect when the surface of the road changes and can pick up if a cyclist has had an accident so that the app can notify their next of kin.
“The light will also identify hotspots or places that cyclists should take extra care with, when in a particular environment or location. This information could also be used by a local council to identify when a road needs to be repaired or when improvements to infrastructure should be made. This early identification will make our roads and infrastructure safer and help cities to use their resource budgets more efficiently.”
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