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Newsletter Traffic Technology 01/2015

Dear readers,

Welcome to the first VITRONIC traffic technology newsletter in 2015 which focuses on new developments in ITS and traffic enforcement around the globe. In this issue we take a look at the next generation in traffic enforcement. The POLISCAN FM1 is the newest device within the POLISCAN family and will become available in selected markets throughout 2015.  Also in this issue is a portrait of the automated enforcement network to be built in Abu Dhabi, an assessment of traffic enforcement in urban areas, and an exploration on how vehicle-to-infrastructure communication in combination with tolling infrastructure can help manage rising road freight transportation.

VITRONIC wishes you pleasant reading.

VITRONIC launches PoliScan FM1

VITRONIC has launched the next generation in traffic enforcement. The new POLISCAN FM1, for fixed and mobile deployment, is a measuring and documentation device that can be applied to a variety of enforcement scenarios.

Its advanced LIDAR tracking technology continuously monitors up to six lanes creating a real-time image of the traffic situation. This allows authorities to detect a range of dangerous driving behaviors that cause the majority of serious accidents: speeding (both spot and point-to-point measurements), red light offenses, tailgating and the illegal use of individual lanes. The POLISCAN FM1 can perform many of these applications simultaneously and from one site, which significantly reduces the amount of road-side infrastructure necessary for comprehensive traffic enforcement.

POLISCAN FM1 will initially be available in selected markets. For more information download the brochure ‘Next Generation Traffic Enforcement’.

Abu Dhabi is building an automated enforcement network

Combating fatalities and injuries on its roads, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is building one of the most advanced and comprehensive automated enforcement networks on the planet. When finished, it will consist of several hundred POLISCAN SPEED spot and POLISCAN SECO point-to-point enforcement systems covering most of the emirates’ territory and permanently connected to a central violation processing center.

The new enforcement network will not be limited to speed enforcement. VITRONIC will deliver innovative features like tailgating detection, enforcement of driving on hard shoulders, time dependent lane and vehicle class specific bans, as well as vehicles that impede traffic flow (minimum speed enforcement). An elaborate report on this advanced and trend-setting enforcement project can be found in the current issue of the Intertraffic World magazine.

PoliScan rises high in Belarus

In the wake of increasing traffic volumes, laser-based traffic enforcement is beginning to replace loop-based systems in Eastern Europe. After extensive comparisons between regional and international speed enforcement systems, Belarus’ national road safety authority chose POLISCAN SPEED for roads with high traffic volume.

Overall twenty stationary systems are installed in Minsk and other large cities plus an additional ten mobile units for flexible enforcement. To ensure optimal measuring results even in harsh winter conditions with heavy snowfalls, the POLISCAN SPEED systems in Belarus are mounted in special, elevated housings. The systems are operated at a height of up to three meters, protecting them from snowloads. For more information on elevated speed measurements, please contact the VITRONIC sales team at

Traffic enforcement in South America

With about 20 percent more visitors than at previous shows, this years’ Andina Traffic in Colombia was one more sign of the rising awareness of traffic safety in South America. VITRONIC attended the show with its partner LYL Ingenieria.

Like many other nations, the countries of South America joined the UN decade of action for road safety, which aims to significantely reduce the predicted number of road fatalities by 2020. The challenges the nations face in achieving these goals are similar to other developing countries, a rapidly growing vehicle fleet and predominantely poor road conditions. To tackle these challenges, Colombia for example has implemented a National Road Safety Policy in 2013. Road infrastructure is continuously improved through public private partnerships with concessionaries. For an even faster impact on fatalities and serious injuries, speed and redlight enforcement is being implemented.

A look at automated traffic enforcement in urban areas

Automated enforcement has significantely contributed to reducing road fatalities during the last decade. But while there has been great progress especially on highways and country roads, statistics from the European Road Safety Observatory indicate that road safety programs for urban roads were less effective.

In his article titled ‘The holistic approach’ for Thinking Cities VITRONIC’s Boris Wagner takes a look at the adaptation of automated traffic enforcement to the complex traffic in urban environments. If you are interested in how combined red and speed enforcement, tailgating enforcement and traffic bans can contribute to inner city road safety, you can access the full article (page 124) in the current issue of Thinking Cities.

Tolling Times: How road user charging benefits from V2I

In a world of fast growing economies, freight transportation and logistics are becoming an arterial element to emerge or maintain a high level of standard of living. The increased volume of traffic using existing road networks will create several challenges such as congestion and road safety.

However, as the volume of road freight continues to increase all over the world, vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technologies are implemented to improve traffic flow, congestion, and emissions using existing road infrastructure. In his article for Tolltrans, John Yalda examines how a combination of emerging V2I communication and existing tolling infrastructure can be leveraged to decrease the impact of rising transportation demands on existing road infrastructure. >> Read more

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