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Dazaifu City×VACAN] Real-time visualization of how crowded Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is with the congestion information platform "VACAN!

Bakan Corporation, a startup that uses AI x IoT to distribute all kinds of available information, will launch an initiative to visualize "congestion" along the approach to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, on December 28 as part of its Tourism DX. This initiative will detect and distribute real-time congestion information on the approach to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. By promoting DX with Dazaifu City, we will realize a tourist destination that offers both safety and comfort.

Real-time visualization of congestion at major tourist attractions in Dazaifu City

A fixed-point camera was installed at the approach to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu City,Automatic 24-hour detection of real-time congestion informationThe company will also use AI and other means to analyze this information. And by analyzing such information with AI, etc,Visualization and distribution of congestion informationThe information is available on the Internet. The congestion information can be easily accessed by anyone through a smartphone or PC on the Internet web page,Provide an environment where worshippers can easily check congestion in advanceThe goal is to reduce congestion by

In the future, the obtained congestion data will also be used toPromotion of tourism DX, including new utilization methods such as congestion forecasting and human flow analysiswill also be studied together with Bacan and the city. This will allow visualization of congestion as a starting point forCreating a comfortable town for local residents and touristsWe will proceed with the following.

Background of this initiative

Since the spread of the new coronavirus, economic activities are now required to avoid "density risk" caused by the gathering of people from the perspective of preventing the spread of infection.

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan, though,Responding to the risk of density as well as other tourist destinations due to the spread of the new coronavirusThe "Hatsumode" is a time of year when the number of worshippers tends to be concentrated. Especially during the Hatsumode (New Year's visit to shrines) period, worshippers tend to be concentrated, with 2 million people visiting every year on the first three days of the New Year, creating long lines along the approach to the shrine. The spread of the Omicron strain of the new coronavirus in Japan and abroad has also increased the importance of "decentralized worship" in order to improve the comfort of worshippers and prevent the spread of infection.

With the introduction of thisBy visualizing congestion on the approach to the temple, worshippers can grasp real-time congestion information from their smartphones or other devices at any given time.This will support the creation of an environment that facilitates dispersed visits to the shrine. By promoting this initiative and reducing congestion on the approach to the temple, we also aim to improve the satisfaction of tourists and the understanding of local residents.

Congestion Information Visualization Mechanism

Visualization of congestion information is provided by Bacan.Utilizing VACAN, a real-time vacancy information distribution platformVACAN has a "congestion information map" that displays congestion information on a map.VACAN Maps" (https://vacan.comThe function called "VACAN Maps" allows worshippers to check congestion information from a dedicated page and from VACAN Maps in this case.

While there are various methods for detecting vacancies and congestion, this initiative will use outdoor cameras. The cameras utilize video analysis technology* that uses artificial intelligence,Automatically detects and distributes real-time congestion information 24 hours a dayI will do so.
Visualization of congestion by camera is done in a manner that does not identify individuals.

About Dazaifu City

Name of municipality: Dazaifu City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Mayor: Daizo Kusuda
Location: 1-1-1 Kanzeonji, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka 818-0198

■About Bakan Corporation

Company name: Bakan Co.
Representative: Kono Goshin
Location: Sumitomo Fudosan Nagatacho Building 2F, 2-17-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Established: June 2016
Bakan is a J-Startup 2019 company selected by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) for its public-private support program.Using IoT and AI, Bakan collects and provides information on all kinds of vacant seats. The company provides a service that uses sensors and cameras to detect the availability of any location, including restaurant areas, cafes, restrooms, tourist attractions, evacuation centers, and polling places, and distributes the information to digital signage and smartphones.

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