Cornwall County Council upgrades its mobile traffic enforcement vehicles

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Videalert, supplier of intelligent traffic enforcement and management systems, has refurbished three mobile enforcement vehicles (MEVs) for Cornwall County Council.

The contract was awarded to Videalert after a competitive tender as part of a technology contract that SSE has with the council. Each of the MEVs has been equipped with a complete suite of software applications enabling them to operate fully unattended to enforce a wide range of parking contraventions. The vehicles will initially be used to aid enforcement of residential permit parking and other contraventions at bus stops and school ‘keep clear’ zones will be added early in 2020.

Videalert equipped each of the council’s three Peugeot 108’s with two roof-mounted ALPR (automatic license plate recognition) cameras and two full-color cameras to capture contextual video evidence. The ONVIF-compliant cameras accurately capture reflective number plates at distances of up to 130 feet (40m) with capture rates of up to 98% for just a single pass at normal road speeds. Used in conjunction with the latest video analytics, the system delivers the highest productivity at the lowest operating cost in any traffic environment.

Video evidence is transmitted to Videalert’s hosted digital video platform where evidence packs can be viewed and validated prior to sending to the council’s back office system for the issuance of penalty charge notices (PCN). The company’s flexible hosted platform makes it a quick and cost-effective process to deploy enforcement, as it does not require the installation of any IT at the council’s offices. To reduce the number of appeals, PCN recipients can view still photographs and video footage of the alleged offence over the internet.

“SSE awarded the refurbishment contract to Videalert after carrying out a detailed analysis of solutions from the market’s leading suppliers,” said Craig Taylor, parking manager at Cornwall Council. “Our focus was on quality and productivity, areas where the Videalert system excelled. In particular, the high-quality cameras provide more accurate reads of number plates as well as high capture rates at normal road speeds.”

Videalert’s sales and marketing director, Tim Daniels, added, “In recent benchmarking trials, our MEVs equipped with four cameras have proved to deliver industry-leading capture rates whilst consistently outperforming vehicles from other suppliers. Equipped with a full suite of software applications, these multi-purpose MEVs will give councils greater flexibility in the enforcement of a wide range of moving traffic and parking contraventions.”

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