Siemens ITS to host first traffic enforcement forum at The Crystal


Siemens ITS, the company’s recently rebranded UK traffic business division, will host its first traffic enforcement user group forum next month at the company’s showplace sustainable events venue in London’s Docklands.

More than 50 road safety and civil enforcement representatives from local authorities across the UK will assemble at The Crystal (above) on November 9 to discuss current and future parking and civil enforcement technology. The Crystal, the venue for the event, is an initiative from Siemens that explores how a better future for our cities can be created and is home to the world’s largest exhibition focused on urban sustainability.

The Crystal offers a unique educational experience and an opportunity for visitors to explore the major trends and challenges facing cities today. Siemens opened The Crystal in 2012 as a global hub for debate on sustainable living and development, and numerous major projects have been undertaken in the company’s on-site office space.

As well as the discussions on traffic and parking enforcement trends and technology, Siemens will use the forum to demonstrate some of the latest additions to its range of equipment, including the LaneWatch Mk3, LaneWatch SKC, and TrafficWatch PTZ cameras.

Currently deployed across London, LaneWatch Mk3 is the latest unattended moving traffic enforcement camera, designed to provide wireless, automatic monitoring of yellow box junctions, and other moving traffic offences. The LaneWatch range of cameras can use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and/or video analytics to detect and identify vehicles in contravention. Compact and lightweight, the cameras can be installed on existing street furniture, reducing installation and relocation costs as well as timescales.

The LaneWatch SKC is a version of the LaneWatch Mk3 specifically developed for the automatic detection and identification of vehicles parking/stopping on a school’s zig-zag road marking zone during enforcement hours. Video analytics detect the stopped vehicle and ANPR identifies the vehicles number plate automatically.

The TrafficWatch PTZ is an attended parking enforcement camera designed for rapid deployment and relocation outside schools, bus stops, red-routes or any other traffic enforcement/management need. Cameras communicate in real time with PC-based software that allows the operator to move the camera and capture contraventions. By using the 3G/4G cellular network, cameras and operators can be located anywhere in the UK. Being a discreet form of enforcement, driver behavior change is brought about by the issue of penalty charge notices (PCNs), rather than the temporary change experienced when using mobile enforcement vehicles.

“The meeting will provide our customers in the civil enforcement community with the opportunity to share current issues and future requirements and hear what we are doing to solve a range of road safety and civil enforcement problems for our users,” explained Ade Ford, head of sales for civil enforcement at Siemens. “As part of the event, we are proud to be presenting our latest, innovative traffic enforcement solutions. These new technologies support our continued growth in the traffic enforcement and low-emission markets.”

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