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GIS Timelapse for Pedestrian Movement Analysis

By November 26, 2008 2 Comments

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…


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


  • Lucas says:

    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…

  • Smithee says:

    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…