Video of Crazy Traffic in the Middle East

One of our COUNTcloud customers sent in some insane videos from Saudi Arabia for us to count.  I’ve seen videos of grid lock and videos of people weaving all over, but this is a new one for me. Drivers are hopping curbs and going the wrong way on the road to jump queues.  Us Americans can complain about […]

Performance Parking at Carnegie Mellon University

Andres Baez forward me this article about Carnegie Mellon’s experiment with balancing on-street parking supply/demand on campus.  Professors Mark Fichman and Stephen Spear saw that the majority of spaces around campus were empty after multi-space pay kiosks were installed.  Before that the old coin metered spaces were often almost fully occupied. They saw a natural economics […]

Launch of Redesigned CountingCars.com

We’ve spent about four months on the redesign of CountingCars.com.  I think (hope) it’s a significant upgrade.  We also added mobile responsiveness so the site looks great on your phone or tablet too. I’d appreciate you checking out the site and letting me know if you have any thoughts about it.  Thanks!  

The All New Mumble Strip

Guest Post by Max Moreland, EIT, Traffic Data Inc/Spack Consulting/CountingCars.com The NCITE February 2015 section meeting was held this week and featured a presentation by Derek Leuer (MnDOT Assistant State Traffic Safety Engineer) on MnDOT’s efforts to improve rural roadway safety.  The presentation had a focus on low cost ways that can be applied system […]

How COUNTcam Videos Are Saving a County Time

Over the last three years, Dakota County has become one of our larger clients at Traffic Data Inc.  We have an annual agreement with them so they can call us up and have us video/count intersections throughout the year.  They provide a list of about 60 signalized intersections they want counted for their signal timing […]

Prototyping Process Applied to Road Improvements

Minimum Viable Product – It’s all the rage in Silicon Valley.  Basically, get the first generation of a product out as fast as possible so you can get feedback from customers, improve the product by iterating, and work on growth.  Through my work at CountingCars.com, I’ve learned a lot about the product world in the last […]

Guide For Responding to Citizen Traffic Requests

Through discussions with several of our city clients, I stumbled on the idea of creating a guide that would lay out procedures for handling common traffic related requests.  The document will include “swipe files” – draft emails and other documents that a city employee could use for their communications (with just minor modifications for the specific request). […]

Announcing New Lithium-Ion COUNTcam that Records Traffic for 200 Hours

I’m very excited to announce two new COUNTcam traffic video recorder models: the COUNTcam 100 and the COUNTcam 200. Continuing with our naming tradition, the COUNTcam 100 records for 100 hours and the COUNTcam 200 records for 200 hours (over 1 full week). We started from scratch and redesigned the electronics  to use lithium ion-batteries instead of lead acid batteries.  Our […]

Top Seven Benefits of Converting One-Way Couplets to Two-Way Streets

Based on this summary of academic work by Dr. John Gilderbloom, converting one way streets to two-way streets improves the livability in neighborhoods by: Reducing Crime Reducing Collisions Increasing Property Values Increasing Business Revenue/Taxes Increasing Bicycling Traffic Increasing Pedestrian Traffic Increasing Vehicle Circulation Dr. Gilderbloom’s research is consistent with Minneapolis’ experience of converting the Hennepin […]