Interactive Crowds

​ SimCrowds is the perfect tool for managing large crowds in real time. With instant updates and interactive environment changes, this software gives you the power to make adjustments on the fly to keep your crowd moving safely and efficiently.

Crowd simulation is a powerful tool that has become more popular in recent years. With the increase in the world’s population, the need for accurate prediction of the behaviour of large groups has become crucial. Thanks to today’s technological advancements, there are several solutions for this issue. Nevertheless, it is important to choose the right crowd simulation software for your needs based on the features that are most important to you. Most pedestrian simulation software take a linear approach to simulate crowd movement, following a set of steps to build a 3D environment and compute the simulation each time a change is made.

SimCrowds, on the other hand, takes a more interactive approach. The updates are processed in real time, and changes to the environment are made instantaneously. This allows for easier and faster iterations of modeling the environment and crowd flows while seeing its results update accordingly.

For example, as we have seen in the case of the Tour de France start in Utrecht a few years ago, the initial simulation predicted that certain areas would be too crowded, so uCrowds was able to support the decision of the event organizers in advance by setting up one-way traffic areas, placing extra pedestrian bridges across the canal and replacing fencing. These adjustments have all been added interactively over iterations to the simulation, and the pedestrians in the simulation immediately reacted to the changes and adjusted their paths accordingly.

Overall, the interactive nature of SimCrowds makes it an invaluable asset for understanding how changes in our environment affect pedestrian behavior. This feature is especially advantageous for urban designers, event organizers, and architects who want to test new ideas before committing to them.

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