This week I would like to highlight Anders Broberg – an ambitious, driven and thoughtful individual. Anders is Head of Public Affairs at Stokab, a wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Stockholm that provides the city and the testbed with dark fiber. He is also part of the Urban ICT Arena Steering Committee.
I have known Anders for more than fifteen years since we both have worked in and for the city for a long time. We share a love for the city and a love for tech and a digitalized future. Anders is a very dedicated person pushing digitalization along with supporting and encouraging initiatives. He has many different projects in the testbed and is focusing on creating the smart and connected city.
One of the more practical projects is measuring pedestrians and cyclists in light of the fact that more and more cities are investing in promoting bicycle and pedestrian traffic. These investments range from building new and improved sidewalks to providing better city bike offers. But which services are the best and where the stations should be put is not always easy to figure out. Collecting data creates a basis for effective and sustainable decisions on road safety enhancements where needed most.
The new advanced measurement stations being tested within the scope of Urban ICT Arena along Kistagången use 3D technology capable of counting individual pedestrians even when the sidewalk is crowded with many people. These stations can also distinguish between those who pass by, such as cyclists, dogs and ordinary pedestrians, and can link the impact of the weather. It also detects the direction people are heading, their speed and what path they chose along their route.
The sensors will be used for two years, and will be tested to ensure that they meet the requirements of the City of Stockholm. The images taken are immediately transferred to pure algorithms and are neither stored nor transferred to another device to secure individual privacy. Then they are analyzed in the equipment and data is transferred for analysis. Additional measurement stations are in progress at six different locations in Stockholm.