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Newsletter Traffic Technology 01/2017


Dear readers,

Welcome to the latest VITRONIC traffic technology newsletter. In this edition, we start with “Managing Speed” – a publication of the WHO. Our new TOLLCHECKER ROADSIDE, a gantryless solution for tolling roads with fewer lanes, will be the next topic. Then, we take a look at the red light and speed enforcement at Berlin's iconic "Großer Stern" as well as at the State of Queensland’s Road Safety Strategy. From Australia we move on to the UAE and the “Summer without Accidents” campaign. To conclude with, there will be a short review of one of our most prominent European congresses.

VITRONIC wishes you pleasant reading.


Managing Speed by WHO

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.”


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 has showcased TOLLCHECKER ROADSIDE for the first time at the 12th ITS European Congress 2017 in Strasbourg.

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. 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, 13 fixed POLISCAN enforcement systems are in use in Berlin. 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.

Queensland Police improve Road Safety with VITRONIC

Queensland Police and government agencies have partnered with VITRONIC Australia to target reducing road fatalities and hospitalised casualties in the Australian state of Queensland by up to 34% by 2020. As part of Queensland’s Road Safety Strategy, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) has strengthened its traffic safety enforcement capabilities with over 50 VITRONIC POLISCAN FM1 devices for in-vehicle deployment.

This reflects the major role speed plays in road crashes and the responsibility of the community as a whole for reducing road trauma.

VITRONIC’s Australian subsidiary has partnered with Police services around Australia to reduce the road toll since 2006. With a dedicated team of customer service and technical staff, VITRONIC Australia provides cutting edge technology, seamless communication, training, and ongoing support for its customers.

VITRONIC supports “Summer without Accidents” campaign across UAE

VITRONIC is proud to support the traffic awareness campaign 'Summer Without Accidents', launched by the Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates.
The campaign aims to enhance road safety, promote community coherence and reduce traffic accidents.

'Summer Without Accidents' was initiated under the supervision of the Federal Traffic Council (FTC) in the light of last summer’s experience wherein 167 people died on UAE roads during the summer months of July, August and September. This summer the police targets to reach zero death on the roads or at least lead to fewer deaths and accidents. 'Summer Without Accidents' raises awareness for vehicle and tire safety, regular vehicle maintenance as well as attentive and adjusted driving.
For more information, you can follow the campaign on Twitter under the official hashtag #SummerWithoutAccidents

Currently, more than 1,300 fixed traffic enforcement systems of the POLISCAN product family contribute to greater road safety in the UAE. Furthermore, the Dubai Police has recently awarded VITRONIC with a contract for 32 additional FM1 systems for fixed speed enforcement as well as for the first two ENFORCEMENT TRAILERs for autonomous, unmanned mobile enforcement on Dubai roads.

Take a look back – @ITS European Congress 2017 in Strasbourg

Only a few weeks ago, the continent’s biggest gathering of professionals working in intelligent transport has closed its doors: the ITS European Congress in Strasbourg. From 19th – 22th of June, our traffic experts have welcomed the interested professional audience in order to showcase our product portfolio.

Visitors had 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 was 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 was TOLLCHECKER ROADSIDE, since VITRONIC presented 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 was also a topic in the session “Towards Digital Networks” of the congress program, on Wednesday June 21th. As part of this session our colleague Mr. Bernhard Minge held a lecture on “Tolling Smaller Roads”. 

At this point we would like to say “thank you” to our visitors. We had some exciting days at the Congress with fruitful discussions and interesting contacts. See you soon at the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen next year!

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