The transport revolution not only opens new doors for mobility, but also requires substantial investments to support these alternative ideas. Forward-thinking toll technology offers its users a high degree of flexibility and makes automatic enforcement possible, both while in motion and stationery. Visitors to the VITRONIC booth at the ITS World Congress will learn more about the first mobile toll enforcement vehicles used in conjunction with the Electronic Toll Collection System of the National Revenue Administration in Poland. The vehicles detect, identify, and classify the monitored vehicles automatically while in motion.
The heart of these patrol vehicles is Enforcement Bar. It is a mobile, fully automatic number plate identification and classification system that enables the automatic recognition of number plates (ANPR) as well as the classification of different vehicle classes. Furthermore, the system’s technology makes it possible to recognize number plates in four directions. It is able to achieve a very high detection rate, even at high speeds, and allows enforcement officers to concentrate on identified suspect cases. The system transmits the collected data to the Electronic Toll Collection System, where they are checked in database.
Cooperation in research and development is a requirement for producing innovative mobile solutions. VITRONIC will present some of its extremely interesting projects at the ITS World Congress. For example, the company will show how sensor systems can be used to optimize traffic flow and protect VRUs at intersections. On the test track for automated and connected driving (TAVF), within close proximity to the exhibition center, visitors can experience the technology live at a test installation. Together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and T-Systems, VITRONIC will test its systems at a dangerous location. This particular location is an intersection known to be a congested traffic junction (K94) within Hamburg city limits. To record flowing traffic, two video cameras were installed at the crossing.
The real-time data captured there is available for further processing by the signal control system’s enforcement procedure at junction K94. The goal is to optimize traffic light control, so that the waiting and travel times for all road users is reduced. For example, green phases during peak times can be lengthened, so that more cyclists and pedestrians can cross the street safely.
Another development project with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Continental, and the Deutsche Telekom is underway. Here, VITRONIC’s IDTE solution (Intelligent Detection and Tracking Equipment) surveys an entire intersection area and provides recorded data from traffic objects for analysis purposes. The system warns road users of possible collisions in real time via a smartphone app. The Continental solution uses one of Deutsche Telekom’s cloud computer in the immediate vicinity to calculate the traffic flow for the next five seconds using GPS and speed data. In addition to detected traffic objects and traffic lights data, an accurate digital map made available by the Agency for Geoinformation and Surveying (LGV) of the city of Hamburg is used. Warning messages for impending collisions are in turn sent via the Deutsche Telekom’s Low Latency Network to road users with the corresponding T-Systems app on their smartphone.
VITRONIC is a world leader in industrial machine vision. The owner-managed group of companies develops innovative products and customized solutions in the growth industries of automation, healthcare, photovoltaics, logistics automation, body scanning solutions, and traffic technology.
With over 35 years of experience, VITRONIC offers a unique portfolio of systems and software for image and sensor-based quality inspection, identification, traffic monitoring, and toll collection. Customers include renowned companies such as B.Braun, BMW, Daimler, DHL, UPS, Toll Collect, Fresenius, and Sanofi, as well as government agencies and public authorities.
VITRONIC systems play a major role in ensuring the highest levels of quality and efficiency in the production processes of the automobile, photovoltaic, and pharmaceutical industries.
In logistics centers and cargo airports worldwide, VITRONIC's Auto-ID solutions efficiently capture and integrate shipment data and ensure the transparent flow of packages.
In the traffic technology sector, VITRONIC offers high-performance technologies to increase road safety, improve traffic flow and secure tolling revenue.
Since its founding in 1984, VITRONIC has grown continuously, and currently has over 1,000 employees. It is represented in four continents and in over 80 countries. VITRONIC supports its international customers through its subsidiaries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as through a global network of sales and service partners.
VITRONIC systems are developed and manufactured at the company's headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 2020, the Group’s total revenue was 152,5 million Euros.