This startup is extracting measurable data from live video streams to help you avoid waiting in those long New York City lines. Placemeter’s vision technology is able to count the pedestrians, calculate how heavy traffic is, and determine what is happening at any given location; this data is then used to approximate wait times to give users the power of knowing what a place is like before they arrive.
Placemeter relies primarily on New York traffic cams; however, to maximize the accuracy of their information, they have created an app for users to contribute data. On their site, the company encourages people to dig out their old, unused smartphones, download the Placemeter app, and place the phone in their window, adding one more camera feed to the Placemeter data collection.
“With every new camera added to our system, we can provide more accurate information about more places,” the company says.
In addition to avoiding that long line at your favorite coffee cart, this real-time pedestrian data is extremely valuable to city planners and business owners.