countCLOUD Definitions and Rules

What Classifications Are Provided Through countCLOUD?

countCLOUD has been optimized to provide trail counts and three classification breakdowns. These include two-, three-, and 13-vehicle classifications.

Trail counts provide directional pedestrian and bicycle counts along a pathway at a specific point.

The two-vehicle classification provides a breakdown of Light Vehicles (FHWA Classes 1, 2, 3, and 5 that are the size of an ambulance or smaller) and Heavy Vehicles (All other FHWA Classes).

The three-vehicle classification breakdown provides two classification options:

  1. 3-Class (Single)
    1. Light Vehicles: FHWA Classes 1, 2, 3, and 5 that are the size of an ambulance or smaller
    2. Single Unit Trucks: FHWA Classes 4, 6, 7, and designated vehicles from Class 5
    3. Articulating Trucks: FHWA Classes 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13
  2. 3-Class (Busses)
    1. Light Vehicles: FHWA Classes 1, 2, 3, and 5 that are the size of an ambulance or smaller
    2. Buses: FHWA Class 4
    3. Heavy Vehicles: A rollup of the FHWA Classes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and designated vehicles from Class 5

The 13-vehicle classification provides a full 13-class FHWA classification breakdown.

Under all vehicle processing scenarios, pedestrian and bicycle crosswalk/sidewalk movements are provided. For turning movement counts bicycle turning movements for bicycles in the street will also be provided. More information on pedestrian and bicycle counting structure can be found HERE.


What Are the Processing Cost for Each Classification Schema?

countCLOUD uses "available hours" as the cost base for processing. A trail count and 2-classification count will utilize one available hour per processed hour of video. As 3-class and 13-class count require more resources to process, a different ratio is used to determine the available hours utilized for each processed count.

3-class counts will utilize 1.5 times the processing duration rounded to the nearest integer. This means a 12 hour 3-class count will use 18 available hours (1.5x12=18) while a 13 hour count would use 20 available hour (1.5x13=19.5. rounding to the nearest integer =20).

13-class counts use a 3 to 1 ratio meaning a 12 hour 13-class count will use 36 available hours.


How are Intersections Defined in countCLOUD?

An intersection is defined as a location in which 2 roads intersect, at grade, resulting in up to 4 distinct approaches that can be captured with a single video. The movements from these approaches need to be defined and limited to through traffic, left turns, right turns, and U-turn movements.

If more than 4 approaches are present, or more than one camera is needed, additional countCLOUD counts may need to be purchased. Please reach out to if you have an intersection that meets one of these criteria.


countCLOUD Rules

In an effort to keep countCLOUD costs at the most competitive level possible, while still providing a 3-business day turnaround guarantee, specific rules and guidelines must be followed. These include:

  1. To qualify for the guaranteed 3-business day turnaround videos must be compressed to under 5GB.
    1. countCAM3+ files do not need to be compressed as this occurs automatically on the device.
    2. MP4 video files can be compressed and joined using the countCAM Toolbox.
    3. Other video files (.ASF, .AVI, .MPG, and .MOV) are also accepted and will have to be joined into a single file using alternate tools.
  2. We will not modify or correct labelled screenshots or video files uploaded to countCLOUD. If an error is found in the screenshot that prevents processing, you will be notified through the error reporting system.
  3. We will count the provided videos based on the information in the count page. This means any incorrect directional or start and stop time information will be reflected in your completed data and will count against your purchased allotment of counts. Please double check all count data, screenshots, and videos before uploading to ensure the correct recording period and directional information is entered.