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Vysionics to deliver Europe’s longest average speed enforcement system

Vysionics ITS will deliver Europe’s longest average speed enforcement system to the A9 in Scotland, covering a total of 220km (136.7 miles) of road. Transport Scotland (TS) has recently announced that as part of a raft of measures to increase safety along the A9, a number of SPECS3 average speed cameras will be installed between Dunblane and Inverness. The cameras will be installed during 2014, with work due to be completed in October. The A9 is a key strategic route in Scotland that carries a high proportion of HGV traffic. The existing configuration on the route is a mixture of single and dual carriageways, with a speed limit of 64km/h (40mph) for HGVs on the single carriageway sections, which can often lead to traffic queues and driver frustration. Part of TS’s overall strategy to make the route safer, improve journey time reliability and reduce frustration, is to increase the HGV speed limit to 80km/h (50mph) on the single carriageway sections between Perth and Inverness. The three-year trial will be supported by a network of SPECS3 average speed cameras, which will also be installed on the dual carriageway section between Dunblane and Perth, targeting overall driver behavior with a focus around key junctions.

Taking its name from the original manufacturer, SPEed Check Services Ltd, which was acquired by Vysionics in 2010, SPECS3 is an automatic number plate recognition-based (ANPR) average speed enforcement system. Camera installations, supported by appropriate signage, will be placed between 5-7km (3-4 miles) apart, mounted on distinctive SPECS columns, which have a strong deterrent effect. At sites where they have been installed as a casualty reduction measure, Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) figures have reduced by more than 70% on average. The SPECS system has been widely used in the UK, with more than 60 permanent sites to date. Each camera unit has an infrared ANPR camera and an infrared illuminator, which enables number plates to be read, regardless of light or weather conditions. The lack of visible lighting or flashes will be particularly beneficial in the Caingorm National Park section of the route, where visible lighting is not permitted due to its Dark Sky Reserve status. Offence data from the SPECS units is collected at the roadside and communicated wirelessly to a remote central server, allowing enforcement to be flexibly managed from the Safety Camera Partnership back office.

April 23, 2014

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