Many cities are being instrumented with hundreds of surveillance cameras. They capture traffic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, generating large scale video data.

CITYCAM aims to understand the city by analyzing the vehicles.

Videos can be regarded as highly versatile, being an untapped potential to develop many vision-based techniques for applications like traffic flow analysis and crowd counting. This project aims to extract vehicle counts from streaming real-time video captured by low resolution webcams and provide tools to construct maps of traffic density in a city environment.

Traffic congestion is a serious problem that significantly impacts city life quality.  According to the annual INRIX Traffic Scorecard, commuters in NYC spend an average of 53 hours per year sitting behind the wheel and suffer a 20 percent increase in travel time due to bad traffic