The enforcement organisation of The Hague has its hands full with reducing the nuisance on and around the boulevard of Scheveningen. In one month, the hotline receives about a thousand reports about parking problems, traffic violations, noise nuisance, and other undesirable behaviour resulting from drug use, especially nitrous oxide.
In addition to deploying more enforcers, stricter parking policy, and a unique app with which residents can report nuisance, the municipality will also start a project to develop visual detection of undesirable behaviour further. In the project ‘Tackling nuisance narcotics in Scheveningen’, a smart AI-camera system from Avutec linked to the TLEX Cityhub platform from Monotch is used to detect overstay parking and other nuisance and to pass on reports to the enforcement organisation. The data collected provides the municipality with real-time insights into where there is a nuisance. This allows the city to act in a more targeted manner.
Location-oriented nuisance reports thanks to smart technology
Residents and entrepreneurs of Scheveningen are experiencing increasing nuisance from visitors. Therefore, the municipality has drawn up an action plan together with residents and entrepreneurs from the district. This plan contains many measures to tackle the nuisance. This concern measures against, for example, parking nuisance, noise nuisance, street races, alcohol, nitrous oxide and drug use and litter. To reduce the problem and to be able to enforce it in a more targeted way, the municipality uses smart cameras and data exchange technology.
Tackling nuisance narcotics
The project ‘Tackling nuisance narcotics in Scheveningen’ tests a smart AI-camera system from Avutec. This visual, intelligent sensor system works based on artificial intelligence and is linked to Monotch’s TLEX Cityhub platform. The collected data about undesirable behaviour goes straight to the enforcement organisation of Scheveningen.
Among other things, the cameras will check for ‘overstay’ in parking zones of a maximum of 2 hours, whether vehicles (without permits) are present in a particular area for more than 2 hours. In addition, they are used to detect and report nuisance behaviour on the boulevard of Scheveningen. Think of noise pollution, vandalism, fights, leaving waste etc. Monotch’s TLEX Cityhub platform forms the central technology connected to the cameras. The Scheveningen enforcement organisation receives real-time and location-oriented notifications from this data hub if parking violations or undesirable behaviour are detected.
The sensor technology and the notifications via the Monotch platform are being implemented. The project tests the reliability of the technology behind the visual detection of undesirable behaviour, whether the messages come through correctly and whether the enforcement organisation has been able to take targeted action based on the smart technology. Further research will also be conducted into whether the AI-camera data-hub link can even be used more widely. The Municipality of The Hague is hopeful that the data will contribute to a faster and more targeted intervention in the event of a nuisance.