If you’re eagle-eyed, you might spot some new cameras installed at some Anacortes intersections.
Cameras like this one will be put up on a temporary basis to measure traffic flow. But, you’ll have to pay attention; they’ll all be gone by May 1.
The city has hired IDAX Data out of Kirkland to measure what’s called intersection turning movement counts at 50 intersections in Anacortes as part of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update.
According to a flyer from IDAX, traditionally, turning moving counts have been conducted by a person in the field using a count board to note each vehicle movement through an intersection. This method has largely been replaced by video collection methods due to efficiency and improved accuracy.
IDAX uses low resolution cameras to film overhead shots of intersections. Video recordings are summarized using video analytics software to automatically count the vehicle movements. No personal information can be captured through this method.
You might have trouble spotting cameras, though, as they’re measuring traffic only from 4-6 pm and for only one day at each of the 50 intersections. Once measurements are done, the cameras will be removed.
The city has provided a map of the intersections where cameras will record traffic movement.