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Driving Smarter City Solutions: Hayden AI Partners with the City of Tallinn to Secure Bus Transit Safety and Efficiency

By Alex Passett

Let’s talk about Hayden AI and how – pun intended here – it’s “driving” smart city solutions.

(The nature of this pun will become clear shortly.)

Hayden AI is a provider of AI and spatial analytics, delivering what it describes as “leading-edge technology that powers smarter and more sustainable communities.” Led by a team chock-full of expertise in enhanced intelligence, computer vision, data science and transportation, Hayden AI is solving real-world challenges; from bus lane and bus stop enforcement to next-gen digital twin modeling, Hayden AI’s clients rely on its mobile perception system to speed up transit and make streets safer (while, of course, operating with a privacy-first approach that ensures its solutions comply with all necessary security and privacy regulations while simultaneously fostering bona fide innovation).

Moreover, we have Hayden AI’s flagship product – Automated Bus Lane Enforcement, which creates opportunities for increasing transit bus speeds, efficiencies and overall ridership by helping city institutions clear unauthorized parking in bus lanes (as well as in identified stop zones that impede public transit operations).

Tired of vehicles illegally parking od driving in your dedicated bus lanes?” Hayden AI asks. “Use our AI-powered camera system to automatically capture and enforce necessary violations, all the while safeguarding the privacy of your citizens.”

Hence, the aforementioned “driving” pun.

The long-story-short of it? Hayden AI is making more challenging, long-term transit performance goals more accessible. Simply install the system behind a bus’s windshield “and let our platform handle the rest,” the company added.

“But where has this been piloted?” readers may be wondering?

Look no further than Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

Being the largest Estonian city (and a highly popular cultural hub on the Baltic Sea), Tallinn is engaging in a “Test in Tallinn” initiative, wherein, smart city technology providers can develop, test and implement their solutions for global markets.

As part of this pilot, Hayden AI will reportedly install its forward-facing, AI-powered camera systems behind the windshield of select transit buses to detect the number of parking violations occurring at bus lanes and bus stops. Furthermore, the pilot will “determine the impact of these obstructing vehicles on public transport service.” Reducing blocked bus lanes and bus stop service delays over time also a.) decrease the chance of operational hazards for bus drivers, and b.) will assist passengers with mobility issues (i.e. who encounter difficulty while safely boarding or exiting a bus when a stop is inappropriately blocked).

Kalle Killar, City Enterprise Director in Tallinn, has stated that “This pilot will play a crucial role in enhancing the overall quality and sustainability of services that the city provides. We anticipate that companies using Tallinn as a testbed for their products will not only succeed on a global scale, but will also set the benchmark for creating innovative and sustainable urban spaces.”

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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