Videalert’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) enforcement system wins Parkex innovation award


Videalert, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of traffic enforcement and management systems, was an Innovation Trail award winner at Parkex 2017, in recognition of the company’s new Clean Air Zone (CAZ) enforcement system.

Videalert has added both Clean Air Zone (CAZ) and Low Emission Zone (LEZ) enforcement to the range of moving traffic contraventions supported by its UK Department for Transport (DfT) Manufacturer Certified hosted platform. This will be of particular interest to the five Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) nominated cities where CAZs will be created by 2020, providing cost effective enforcement to reduce pollution from toxic gases, including nitrogen dioxide, which is estimated to cause the premature deaths of 40,000-50000 people each year.

Videalert’s hosted platform automates the management and enforcement of CAZ and LEZ contraventions. With real-time identification of vehicles, including make, model, color, gross weight, engine type, Euro rating and CO? emission band, the system can determine whether an offence has been committed and/or whether the correct tariff has been paid for entry into the restricted zone. To minimize bandwidth requirements, these checks are carried out prior to evidence files being sent to the back-office system for issuing PCNs (Penalty Charge Notices). The system also provides real-time intelligence to determine the extent of contraventions in any target location. 

The intelligent digital video platform at the heart of Videalert’s hosted service supports multiple civil traffic enforcement, traffic management, crime prevention and community safety applications simultaneously using the same infrastructure. It can be delivered as a fully managed service, including the planning, supply, installation, commissioning, and ongoing maintenance of all necessary on-street equipment with the latest digital cameras and associated communications connectivity.

“The number of pollution-related illnesses and deaths resulting from traffic on our roads is a massive issue for governments around the world,” observed Tim Daniels, Videalert’s sales and marketing director.

“While London, Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Nottingham and Southampton now have the powers to begin tackling this issue, hundreds of other towns and cities across the UK are in breach of their EU emission targets. Enforcing these zones further extends the capability of our hosted Digital Video Platform, which supports multiple civil traffic enforcement, traffic management, crime prevention and community safety applications simultaneously.”

Daniels continued, “We are delighted to be the only supplier of traffic enforcement and management solutions to have been selected by the organizers for this prestigious award. Clean Air Zones are now a major area of interest for councils across the UK, as they will play a key role in reducing pollution-related illnesses and deaths resulting from traffic on the roads. Adding this capability to our digital video platform will now enable councils to deliver even more with less.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).