LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville is home to hundreds of events each year. This means there are lots of things to figure out for residents, like road closures or parking spaces.
One app is looking to make WAVE Country's event experiences a lot easier.
It's an all too familiar story. You want to spend some time with your friends and family at a downtown event in Louisville, but navigating seems to be a daunting task.
"If you can't get in there, or you can't get home, which is the last impression, it leaves a bad impression," Lou Vasta said.
That's why Vasta created Event Queue Louisville. It's an app that streamlines traffic, navigation, crowd control and security in real time.
This data is gathered through crowdsourcing. More people using the app means the more accurate the data will be. The information is all available for view in real-time on the EQ Louisville app, creating something similar to a catered map for each event.
Vasta and his team have been testing their system for a while now. Their very first event was the Mayor's Hike, Bike and Paddle event during the summer. Now, they're fulling functioning, ready to serve the crowds at Light Up Louisville.
"We will use drones and tie them into some of the other sensors and cam points that we have," Vasta said.
On top of the crowdsourced info, EQ Louisville also uses drones that have cameras on them. Scott Schimpff operates one of those drones and says it's a lot of fun.
"It's like a big toy, a big kid's toy," Schimpff said. He adds that EQ headquarters will take a look at the drone views and let event operators know if there's an area that needs attention. That can be anything from overcrowding to traffic incidents nearby.
Vasta and Schimpff both explain that the drones are streaming to a private stream that's not available to the public. Vasta says that the app also doesn't share any privacy information so users don't have to worry about breaches.
They say they are looking to stick around Louisville to help with future events.