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Newsletter Traffic Technology 01/2017


Dear readers,

Welcome to the latest VITRONIC traffic technology newsletter. In this edition, we would like to start with the presentation of our new TOLLCHECKER ROADSIDE, a gantryless solution for tolling roads with fewer lanes. Then, we take a look at the red light and speed enforcement at Berlin's central square "Großer Stern". “Managing Speed” – a publication of the WHO will also be one of our topics. To conclude with, there will be a short outlook to one of our most prominent upcoming trade shows.

VITRONIC wishes you pleasant reading.



To meet the requirements of tolling roads with fewer lanes, VITRONIC has developed an alternative to conventional gantry infrastructure. In contrast to sensors affixed to overhead frameworks, TOLLCHECKER ROADSIDE allows camera-based identification and vehicle classification from the side of the road.

All vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) components, processing technology and sensors are installed in a compact housing, the iconic CITY DESIGN HOUSING, which requires minimal groundwork.

Identification of vehicles works either through front and / or rear ANPR or via RFID or DSRC transponders. For classification, the high-resolution images allow determination of vehicle dimensions (length, width and height), its number of axles and whether trailers or superstructures are present. All sensor data is compiled into complete passage reports. The vehicle is automatically sorted into the respective class of the tolling scheme and immediately verified against existing tolling accounts or passed on for billing.

VITRONIC will showcase TOLLCHECKER ROADSIDE at the upcoming 12th ITS European Congress 2017 in Strasbourg and will be happy to welcome you at our booth P5 to give you more information.

RED+SPEED Enforcement on five lanes – the “little sister” of Berlin's Victory Column

Berlin's central square "Großer Stern" with its Victory Column is one of the city's most well-known landmarks. Five major roads meet here, and at times, up to six vehicles travel next to one another because of the outermost two-lane entry and exit points. Traffic lights are responsible for managing the traffic.

At this important junction, the capital city's traffic is monitored by a single POLISCAN CITY DESIGN HOUSING. The system in use, POLISCAN RED+SPEED, combines the enforcement of red light and speed offenses regardless of the traffic light phase. Measurement is laser-based (LIDAR) across all of the roundabout's lanes. The non-invasive system does not require road-embedded loops or piezo sensors. This means traffic is not hindered during installation or servicing.

In 2016, with 225 traffic accidents (275 accidents in 2015), the Großer Stern was ranked fourth out of the city's top ten traffic accident sites involving personal injury. Currently, Berlin uses 13 fixed POLISCAN enforcement systems. They monitor red light and speed offenses at particularly accident-prone intersections and junctions.

For more information please have a closer look at our POLISCAN RED+SPEED website.

WHO recommends speed enforcement

Figures that scare. According to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) in context of the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, approximately 1.25 million people die every year on the world’s roads as a result of road traffic crashes. Crashes are even the main reason of death among young people aged 15-29.

These are not only tragic facts; road traffic crashes also have adverse economic effects. Following the WHO, crashes are estimated to cost countries approximately 3% of their GDP, while low- and middle-income countries lose up to 5%.

According to the WHO speed is at the core of the road traffic injury problem. The report states that a 5% cut in average driving speed can result in a reduction of 3% in the number of fatal crashes. A study among OECD countries also showed that typically, 40-50%, and up to 80%, of drivers were driving above the posted speed limits; the same in low- and middle-income countries..

It is no surprise, that the WHO recommends the adoption of speed enforcement. Enforcement is essential to make speed limits effective; especially the use of automated speed enforcement, as evidence has shown. Automated speed enforcement allows a broad range of applications, either in the form of fixed or mobile cameras. A number of police forces around the world have already applied enforcement methods following an “anywhere, anytime” approach to deter all speeding on the network. The WHO is taking a clear position on this by stating “speeding is illegal and unacceptable behavior, and at odds with the interests of the community.”

Visit us @ITS European Congress 2017 in Strasbourg

Only a few weeks left until the continent’s biggest gathering of professionals working in intelligent transport will open its doors: the ITS European Congress in Strasbourg. From 19th – 22th of June, our traffic experts will welcome you at booth P5 in order to showcase our broad product portfolio.

Visitors will be able to have a closer look at the POLISCAN FM1 – the latest generation in Lidar traffic enforcement. POLISCAN FM1 is a highly flexible and compact enforcement system that can be deployed for speed and red light enforcement as well as for monitoring the unauthorized use of restricted lanes or the hard shoulder.

The portfolio presented is supplemented with VITRONIC’s TOLLCHECKER tolling solutions. TOLLCHECKER delivers high-performance identification and classification of vehicles in moving traffic for toll collection, enforcement and auditing of existing tolling systems.

One of the exhibition’s key attractions will be TOLLCHECKER ROADSIDE, since VITRONIC will present its gantryless tolling system for the first time. TOLLCHECKER ROADSIDE meets the requirements of tolling roads with fewer lanes: the new system allows camera-based identification and vehicle classification from the roadside. The clever all-in-one tolling solution will also be a topic in the session “Towards Digital Networks 1” of the congress program, on Wednesday June 21th.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Strasbourg! If you would like further information or arrange a meeting at the fair, you can contact us through our website.

VITRONIC trade shows and congresses 2017

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Dr.-Ing. Norbert Stein, Gerhard Bär, Dr. Heiko Frohn, Birgitt Stein, Matthias Pörner, Daniel Scholz-Stein
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