Yukon's Department of Highways and Public Works, Transportation and Engineering Branch (TEB) is responsible for a variety of activities, including transportation planning, monitoring the condition of transportation infrastructure for planning and management purposes and road infrastructure safety analysis. As a part of carrying out these responsibilities, TEB leads and supports the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) within the Yukon Government (YG).
ITS is implementing a Traffic Classifier system (the" System") for the purpose of traffic safety analysis and improvement. The system consists of a camera ("Camera") that captures live stream video, which is connected to the traffic classifier, the TrafficEmbedded unit. ("Unit"). The Unit contains an Al engine (FLOW) which analyzes the video stream and extracts data. These non-image traffic insights are then sent to a FLOW Insights dashboard for use within TEB. As soon as the image is processed, there is no longer any personal information included in the system, it is only analytics. A System visualization is attached in Appendix E.
The non-image traffic insights, containing no personal information, can also be sent on further and used for smart city platforms, LED signs and as a basis for signal/traffic lights control.
The purpose of the System is to capture how roads, sidewalks, airports, and multiuse trails are used and at what volume allow YG to make informed decisions regarding speeds, safety information and future planning. The System works by classifying the images from the Camera according to specific parameters. The classifications include large mammal, vehicle, plane, bike, person, and others. The System can count the number of each class, track trajectories, near misses and collisions between and among classes, speed, traffic violations, and more. The information can be used by TEB to make changes to traffic lights, automatically activate roadside signs or pedestrian signals and other safety related information. TEB can also use the information to understand the frequency of use of various roads and pathways.
The only personal information collected by the System is the live-stream video captured by the camera and fed into the Unit. This could be video of a person or of their vehicle. There is no storage of the image within the Camera or Unit. Once the video stream reaches the Unit there is no further transmission of the images. There is no ability to go into the System and pull historical video feeds. All analysis occurs in real-time, in milliseconds, within the Unit.
This is not a surveillance system, rather a classification and counting system.
During system set up and maintenance, access can be granted to the live video stream in order to configure conditions for analysis and to train the artificial intelligence in classifying images. There are two options for HPW-TEB staff to access the live feed, either they will need to take a computer to the traffic classifier location, or they can connect the traffic classifier to the internet and can then access the video feed via VPN. Data From Sky, the Unit creator, can also access the live video stream, only when their specific VPN is enabled by TEB staff, and assist in system configuration and troubleshooting. The video feed is not accessed on any sort of regular basis or used for other purposes.