Vitronic launches elevated pole-mounted housing for Poliscan fixed-speed enforcement units


German traffic technology and speed and red-light camera systems manufacturer Vitronic has introduced its Compact City Housing, a new mounting system for its popular range of Poliscan fixed-speed enforcement units.

Vitronic’s new Compact City Housing is a compact solution for the deployment of a multi-lane, fixed-speed enforcement system covering one direction of traffic. Police and traffic enforcement authorities can now operate the tried and trusted Poliscan lidar measuring technology by mounting it out of harm’s way in an elevated position on a pole that reaches up to 9.8ft (3m) in height.

The slender cabinet houses the non-invasive speed measuring and documentation units, as well as lighting for all core traffic surveillance applications on average sized roads: spot speed monitoring, red-light enforcement, and ALPR-based (automatic license plate recognition) applications, such as average speed enforcement.

The Compact City Housing is optimized for mounting a single measuring system from Vitronic’s latest generation of Poliscan FM1 laser-based enforcement units and deployment at speed or red-light monitoring with limited space. The new housing reflects the ‘three-banded’ design elements of the company’s existing and widely-used City Design Housing, which uses a cylindrical pillar and can contain up to two measurement units on rotatable individual segments for bi-directional monitoring.

Compact City Housing has been optimized for speed enforcement on roads with fewer lanes. Because it sits atop a pole, it can be installed even in places where space is limited, such as on the sidewalk, at the roadside, in the central reservation, or on a traffic island. Due to its height, speed measurement is not negatively impacted by pedestrians or parked cars.

All the benefits of the proven Poliscan lidar technology remain: multi-lane enforcement of all vehicles simultaneously and a dynamic measurement method with evidential pictures taken at the optimal trigger point. Despite its compact size, the housing still contains room for the Poliscan’s visible red or white flash, or non-visible infrared illumination units, as well as twin cameras for driver and license plate capture.

Due to its installation height, the new housing protects the enforcement equipment it from easy unauthorized access and vandalism, such as graffiti and stickers, which can be a problem in urban areas. The elevated position also offers clear evidential images to be taken at the optimal trigger point, without the need for in-road sensor equipment. The housing can also be equipped with video monitoring systems as an option. Case files can be transferred wirelessly to the back-office system during operation for immediate processing of violations.

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