German traffic monitoring and enforcement systems developer Jenoptik has announced that its Vector P2P (Point-to-Point) average speed camera system has been awarded type approval for use in the Netherlands.
Average speed, or P2P enforcement, is becoming an increasingly important tool used to keep roads and highways safe, with the technology widely-used across Europe and Australasia.
Jenoptik’s Vector P2P is the very latest device to achieve NMi homologation, enabling it to be used for automated enforcement in the Netherlands, as well as other European and international jurisdictions that accept this certification from the Dutch National Institute of Metrology (NMi).
The Vector P2P system is based around the successful SPECS family of cameras, which was originally manufactured and named after Speed Check Services. The UK company was acquired by Vysionics in 2010 and then by Jenoptik’s Traffic Solutions division in 2014. The SPECS system continues to be used on hundreds of routes across the UK.
Vector P2P is a development of the earlier SPECS3 Vector system, but further enhanced through the use of the latest Vector2 camera platform, connected to a new P2P Instation server. Vector2 allows for up to three lanes of image/ALPR (automatic license plate recognition) capture, including vehicles traveling in opposite directions. It can be further supported by the use of the Vector IR (infra-red) scene illumination module, producing ‘crystal-clear’ offence images even on a road that appears fully dark to road users.
The P2P Instation server can support an unlimited network of camera Outstations, which allows for a regional or countrywide network of cameras to be monitored. Using the latest database management tools, self-diagnostics and security protocols, individual camera and overall system status can be remotely monitored through an easy to use GUI (graphical user interface), including GIS (geographic information system) mapping and reporting. Further enhancements and developments to this approval are now in progress, ensuring a ‘fit for purpose’ enforcement system to keep roads safe globally.
Average speed enforcement is an established principle of traffic monitoring in Austria, Switzerland, the UK, and some states in Australia. For example, a large P2P scheme from Jenoptik contributes to reducing the number of fatal or serious casualties, while also improving driver behavior and traffic flow, on the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven, one of the most dangerous roads in Scotland. A similar project for Transport Scotland (TS) along the A9 between Dunblane and Inverness covers a total of 136.7 miles (220km) of road, making it Europe’s longest average speed enforcement system, when it was installed in 2014.
Geoff Collins, sales and marketing director for Jenoptik Traffic Solutions in the UK, said, “Our first NMi approval for a distributed P2P solution is a significant step, allowing the proven benefits of our SPECS concept to be applied internationally.”