AGD Systems launching new and upgraded detectors at JCT Traffic Signal Symposium

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AGD Systems, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of ITS products, will be unveiling several new and upgraded detection units at this year’s JCT Traffic Signal Symposium and Exhibition, taking place at The Nottingham Conference Center on September 12-13.

Organized by the JCT Consultancy since 1996, the Symposium and Exhibition is seen as a way to bring traffic signal practitioners together with manufacturers, while also helping to maintain a sense of community among transportation engineers.

As usual, the event will be preceded by the MOVA (Microprocessor Optimized Vehicle Actuation) User Group meeting on September 11. Now part of The Traffic Group (TTG), AGD Systems will be demonstrating several upgrades to existing products at the exhibition, as well as previewing its exciting new radar detection product for highways deployments.

At JCT, AGD will showcase the latest version of products that includes:

• The wi-fi-enabled, IP-capable 645 Pedestrian Detector (bottom) that now covers an expanded 33 x 10ft (10 x 3m) detection zone. Available as part of the standard build from September this year, the 645 optical detector unit now has volumetric capability that enables accurate monitoring of the level of pedestrian occupancy in the wait zone for safer, smarter pedestrian crossings;

• The recently updated non-intrusive, loop-replacing 318 Traffic Control Radar (top and above) that now includes the ability to detect stationary or queuing traffic as an important new function. This, together with wi-fi AGD Touch-setup technology, like the 645 unit, and an enhanced user setup GUI (graphical user interface), will facilitate MOVA installations and other strategic applications;

• The all-new 343 Highways Monitoring radar detection unit (below) that will be previewed at the show. Developed using AGD’s experience and expertise in designing radars for highway enforcement, the new 343 Highways Monitoring Radar is an easy-to-integrate traffic flow monitoring system that provides real-time data on multi-lane highways. In order to create the system, the company worked with a design partner to develop a bespoke antenna that enables the 343 unit to look down at 30°, as well as being able to monitor 10 lanes of traffic, looking across both carriageways to detect vehicle travel in approaching and receding directions.

“With highway authorities calling for a moratorium on penetration of the road surface, there is increasing demand for more flexible above-ground traffic monitoring solutions,” explained Ian Hind, AGD’s commercial director: “The 343 was developed in response to feedback from the UK and around the world that there is a need to be able to locate traffic monitoring radar close to the carriageway.

“Most radars must be mounted between 5m and 8m (16-26ft) from the carriageway, and there isn’t always that amount of space available. The 343 can be mounted as close as 2m (6.5ft) from inner edge of the inside lane and will still provide information for the lane immediately below the radar, as well as the lane on the farthest point of the carriageway.

“The 343 can be used almost anywhere for better-informed decision-making and optimized traffic flows. It combines well with our enforcement solutions to offer a full product suite for UK smart motorways and international highways.”

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