GIS Timelapse for Pedestrian Movement Analysis

Tomasz Gutowski has used yesterday’s timelapse tutorial to collect and analyse data on pedestrian movement. Using the timestamps from the imagery and vector based positioning to create a density grid the results are remarkably impressive.

Toms YouTube movie below provides full details:

The possibilities are notable and Tom should be congratulated on the methodology…

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Lucas - November 26, 2008

    Hey Andy,

    I know that there are some commercial solutions that “trace/identify” the heads and retrieve the density of pedestrians automatically. Do you know if there is any free / academic solution or, alternatively, image recognition method that can be adapted for this? It seems that he did manually…

  2. Smithee - November 27, 2008

    It does seem to be manually done – but if you can use the timestamp images and autodetect then it would be a quick and easy way to implement density grids.

    We are going to look into it and I’ll post and thoughts soon as i can…


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