For long pedestrian mobility has been pursued as an art rather than a science. This has largely been due to the inability to quantify the performance of pedestrian spaces, based mostly on inconsistent qualitative judgments and on perceived safety issues. Today, with almost unmanageable demands on vehicular transportation infrastructure and problems of pollution, decision makers around the world are looking towards the revival and revitalization of walking, cycling and public transportation usage. All of this translate into the need for strong planning principles for pedestrian spaces.
For the first, time pedestrian micro simulation has provided a framework to quantitatively analyze, dissect and optimize the configurations of pedestrian spaces in the most detailed and fruitful way possible. Pedestrian micro simulation features 'intelligent' decision making entities or agents who reproduce the thinking and movement patterns of humans, along with faithful replications of physical configuration of spaces, including elements such as escalators, stairs, elevators etc Changes in the number of people (eg rush hour, future projections, etc), or types of people (eg tourists, office goers, transit etc) as well as changes in infrastructure can all be modeled and subjected to intense analysis and scrutiny.
Medulla Soft, allied with Legion Ltd of UK - the leading technology creator in this domain, is the pioneering practitioner of this craft in India. We have also successfully integrated pedestrian mobility with traffic simulations to allows for even greater planning in the public realm.
As planning goes, these changes make maximum impact at the design stage, however remarkable levels of improvement can also be achieved at later stages through operation optimizations and configuration tweaks. Although this process can help improve almost any pedestrian space, the following are the most common uses:
Evacuation at places of high pedestrian density:
Arenas and events
Places of worship
Commercial and residential buildings, retail centers
Improved pedestrian mobility
Commercial and retail centers
Arenas and events
Pedestrian infrastructure planning
Design and configuration evaluation