hoedrukist.nuSo we decided to fix this problem, or at least build somethingthat people could use to see how crowded Ghent was at themoment.For this we built HoeDrukIst.nu, or in English How Crowded is itnow
if you open up the site in your browser, or on your mobile device,you will see at a glance how crowded parts of the city are.The more red the images are the busier this part is.
When you open the detailpage of a certain area you will see somepictures and the numbers we based our calculations on
GIS Data GhentGIS data provided by the city of Ghent to define our zones.
Parking APIThe parking API, provided by the city of Ghent, where we checkhow many parking-spots are available per parking.The parking is linked to a zone. The more spaces are taken, thebusier a zone will be reported.
Weather APIA weather-api to show the current weather in Ghent.
Instagram APIThe Instagram Real Time API, to grab recent photo’s and decidethe busyness factor.
Twitter APIThe Twitter Real Time API, to grab recent t weets and decidebusyness factor
Future DatasetsDue to time constraints we couldn’t implement all datasets wewould like to use.
Foursquare Check-insFoursquare, the more check-ins, the busier a zone will be.
Facebook Check-insFacebook, the more check-ins, the busier a zone will be.
Visit Ghent eventsIf we know there is a certain event in a zone, we can use this tot weak the algorithm which decides if a zone is crowded.
Datasets we dream aboutBesides the existing datasets we would like to use other data, whichisn’t available yet.So if you can provide us with extra data: feel free to open it up (plz).
Telephone operatorsTelephone operators know how many people are connected totheir poles.
Bluetooth trackingWe know UGent was testing on bluetooth tracking to visualizecrowd-movements.
Police data Camera analyzing Crowd managementIn Ghent there are several CCTV-installation which are used tomonitor the crowd. Possibly there is soft ware that can analyzethese images.
Future?We only got 6 hours, but we have a lot more ideas we couldn’tbuild in this short amount of time.
Improve algorithmFirst off all, we would like to t weak the algorithm to be moreaccurate. At the moment we only have 1 day of data, on a snowday ;-)
PushWe would like to build a system that can push notification tousers so we can warn them in case of very busy area’s, or even adisaster.
Forecasting!Because we will gather data, we will be able to do somepredicitions on busyness. Of course we need a lot of data beforewe can actually build this feature.