Vitronic launches new lithium-ion battery box for its PoliScan speed enforcement units


A new accessory has been released that provides police forces with a quicker and more flexible setup of mobile roadside speed enforcement systems.

German manufacturer Vitronic has launched a new innovation for its PoliScan systems, and become the first company in the German market to develop a battery box with lithium-ion technology and an intelligent charging system. The box is used as a power supply for mobile PoliScan traffic enforcement systems and allows for maximum flexibility during use. Instead of a conventional lead-gel battery, the battery box uses new lithium technology that offers a wide range of benefits. The battery box is now much lighter than before, at a weight of just 24 lb (11kg), making it easier to handle and reducing the physical strain on enforcement officers. Another benefit of the lithium-ion battery is the range of charging options available, as any 12V DC power source can be used to charge it. The battery box can even be charged in the vehicle while driving from one site to the next.

The lithium-ion technology also means that battery life is much longer than with lead-gel batteries. The lithium battery in the battery box tolerates twice as many load and unload cycles as a conventional lead-gel battery. A single battery box also enables the simultaneous operation of the measuring system and flash unit for a comparable amount of recording time. It is also possible to series-wire several lithium-ion batteries (cascading) to extend session time as required. The battery box is equipped with a battery status indicator. When fully charged, the battery box’s power supply will last for one full day’s shift of speed enforcement.

The new battery box is primarily intended for use with Vitronic’s PoliScanSpeed Mobile system, which uses lidar measuring technology for speed enforcement. The system is suited for low-profile operation due to its fully automated vehicle detection. Enforcement officers can start processing violations, while speed enforcement is still in progress. The system provides several different deployment options. Using the corresponding installation kit, the PoliScanSpeed system can be installed in a vehicle’s rear cargo area or next to the driver’s seat, and can also be quickly mounted on a tripod for roadside deployment, with the unit able to be left unattended.

The unit has an operational range of 33-246ft (10-75m), with speeds detected between 6-186mph (10-300km/h). The lidar unit can monitor up to four lanes from the front, and up to five from the rear. Two high-resolution cameras capture driver and license plate images, with white or infrared flash illumination. The camera unit has a maximum power consumption of 50W, so the new lithium battery box can keep it running for a 24-hour shift, with additional linked boxes extending deployment times accordingly.

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