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Brisk Synergies: Automated Traffic-Video Analytics

 Charles Chung, CEO
Traffic teams across the globe, are striving to achieve zero fatalities and serious injuries through continuous road safety improvement plans. The ‘vision zero’ initiative, targets to bring this goal into effect with the help of four pillars that include engineering, enforcement, education, and technology. Specializing in automated traffic-video analysis, the Canadian firm Brisk Synergies effectively meets all the technological requirements of the Vision Zero initiative. Brisk Synergies enables urban transportation engineers and planners to make better decisions on how to improve traffic flow and reduce collisions.

“Transportation team CIOs should work with the latest technology solutions and stakeholders to build an implementation strategy, to ensure that the software technology meets their standards related to government security, high availability, interoperability, and privacy requirements,” states Charles Chung, CEO of Brisk Synergies. Brisk Synergies’ highly specialized team works in close collaboration with numerous transportation authorities and offers two tailor-made solutions that quickly identifies vehicle, pedestrian, and cyclist road safety problems. Brisk Synergies’ BriskLUMINA is a conflict analysis solution that performs deep vision analytics on traffic video data collected through temporary cameras. The software platform observes the interaction between pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles to identify near-misses that often result in a collision, to deduce accurate results within day which in the recent past required years. BriskLUMINA brings understanding to road safety at intersections or highways before collisions happen unlike the traditional method, which examines historic collision data to derive the solution, that is rarely sufficient to produce a clear picture of the road vulnerabilities and is reactive in nature awaiting incidents to occur before intervention.

For city traffic control centers interested in continuous live traffic video monitoring from dedicated intersection cameras, Brisk Synergies’ BriskVANTAGE delivers automated video analysis of traffic flow for effective and immediate road safety measurements. The dashboard reports on actionable, predictive data collected from the video-monitored intersections on the roadways assist in monitoring traffic patterns to gain a thorough understanding of road congestion, flow, and safety incidence conditions.

Brisk Synergies will continue to expand their artificial intelligence and deep vision traffic analytics capabilities


Video from any of the control center’s connected cameras are analyzed according to the pre-defined scenarios such as near-miss collision rates and vehicle car speed.

With a synergistic approach, Brisk Synergies has collaborated with three prominent traffic management technology companies that further extend its prowess in making cities safer through enhanced transportation planning. The firm partners with cyclist traffic counting leader, Eco-counter, to offer best solutions for tracking and counting analysis of cyclists to help cities improve cycling infrastructure. With Miovision, the firm jointly develops intelligent transportation networks and delivers real-time visualizations of cities and transportation networks for effective transportation planning. Additionally, combining efforts with Stantec, an engineering consultant company, Brisk Synergies monitors and validates road traffic improvements in large road construction and infrastructure projects.

Today, Brisk Synergies provides services to transportation departments of major cities including Toronto, Pittsburg, Montreal, and Mexico, spread over three different continents. The city of Toronto, for instance, witnessed numerous intersection collisions between right turning vehicles and pedestrian crossing. To decrease the rate of collisions, the curb radius was reduced to hopefully slow vehicle speed, however the planners were unable to identify whether these interventions decreased the risk rate. To analyze the situation, Brisk Synergies measured the time of near-misses of collision in milliseconds, classifying high risk misses under one second, medium risk between one and three seconds and low risk misses for more than three seconds. After analyzing, the firm found out that there was a drop of 30 percent high-risk conflict, 38 percent medium risk conflict, and 72 percent low-risk conflict. The risk metrics helped the traffic department of the city of Toronto to quickly determine that the changes they have implemented have significantly reduced the high-risk conflict rate.

Presently, Brisk Synergies’ focus is on expanding their services to global markets, including Australia and China. To provide more knowledge to traffic engineers regarding traffic conflict rates and movements, Chung says, “Brisk Synergies will continue to expand their artificial intelligence and deep vision traffic analytics capabilities.”