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Newsletter Traffic Technology 02/2015

Dear readers,

Welcome to the second VITRONIC traffic technology newsletter in 2015. In this issue, we highlight the Enforcement Trailer which allows autonomous operation in work zones or on rural roads. We also take a look at the new POLISCAN systems in Dubai, which replaced existing radar installations for a wider range of applications including tailgating enforcement, as well as a video portrait of speed enforcement in Estonia and other topics.

VITRONIC wishes you pleasant reading.

VITRONIC presents new autonomous speed enforcement

Accident hotspots often occur in locations where continuous speed enforcement is not an option. Rural roads and work zones do not have the necessary power and data connections to make this possible. Mobile measuring systems do not have a sufficiently long battery life and cannot be used unprotected for long periods. 

With its new Enforcement Trailer, VITRONIC is now offering a new solution for traffic monitoring that makes zero demands on the local infrastructure. The Enforcement Trailer is a joint development between VITRONIC and partner company CEGELEC and has already succeeded in winning a tender from the French Ministry of the Interior. 50 systems will be put in operation throughout France by the end of the year, and this number is set to rise to 150 by the end of 2016. The first Enforcement Trailers are already deployed in work zones and generated up to 2,500 cases per day.

VITRONIC and CEGELEC will present the Enforcement Trailer to the general public for the first time at the ITS World Congress, which is held in Bordeaux from the 5th to 9th of October. If you are interested in a personal presentation at Bordeaux you can arrange an appointment via our website for the ITS World Congress 2015.

Dubai replaces radar

The Dubai Traffic Police is modernizing its enforcement on the arterial roads of the Emirate, including the six-lane Sheikh Zayed Road. Over fifty new VITRONIC POLISCAN LIDAR systems will replace the existing radar-based Sensys speed cameras. 

This technological upgrade significantly enhances the enforcement capabilities of the authorities. In addition to simultaneous speed enforcement of multiple vehicles across all lanes, the police can now automatically document vehicles that are tailgating or driving on the shoulder – two major causes of serious accidents in Dubai. The systems are also capable of detecting heavy goods vehicles that drive outside designated times or use lanes reserved for passenger cars as well as a range of other violations. Prior to the replacements the Dubai Traffic Police conducted tests in which the VITRONIC systems were six times more efficient than radar. More Information can be found in the article “Dubai replaces radar with LIDAR”

Video: Speed Enforcement in Estonia

When Estonia gained independence in 1990, it experienced a large increase in traffic volume. With this came a sharp rise in traffic accidents and road fatalities. In 2008, the Estonian Road Administration began setting up a system for automated speed enforcement with POLISCAN SPEED

Since the start of the speed camera program, more than 260,000 fines have been issued. During the same period the number of road fatalities has dropped by around 20 percent and today Estonia has speed under control. You can watch the full story in the video “Speed Enforcement in Estonia”.

The Tower – In the Middle East, PoliScan has given road safety a new face

Sometimes when a new product upsets the established market status quo, it becomes the new benchmark. Aside from advanced technology, POLISCAN SPEED also introduced a “new look”, replacing the grey boxes that once housed old-fashioned radar technology with a unique towering pillar design.

In the Middle East, the POLISCAN systems are more commonly known as Al Burj (The Tower) thanks to this design innovation. Today this design has inspired imitation and given a new face to traffic enforcement in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and many other places in the region. Very often the presence of Al Burj is enough to make motorists adhere to traffic regulations. You can read the full article on Al Burj on the Gulf Traffic blogsite.

VITRONIC enters South American market

VITRONIC has entered the South American enforcement market with the delivery of the first batch of POLISCAN SPEED systems to service providers in Colombia. Colombia is the fourth largest economy in Latin America and has seen a steep increase in motorization in the last ten years. 

According to WHO statistics, Colombia ranks in the top third worldwide with about 16 road related fatalities per 100.000 inhabitants every year.

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