Videalert opens new Mobile Enforcement Vehicle facility and wins London CCTV contract

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One of the UK’s leading providers of video-based intelligent traffic enforcement and management systems, Videalert, is expanding its operations with the opening of a new Mobile Enforcement Vehicle (MEV) engineering hub in Trowbridge, in the county of Wiltshire, UK.

Videalert’s new regional hub will house a fully equipped workshop for fitting out and refurbishing MEVs to meet the increasing demand from the company’s expanding customer base. The increasing demand for MEVs is being driven by councils wanting to rapidly deploy traffic enforcement to a wide range of locations where non-compliance by drivers is causing congestion or safety issues.

The Middlesex-based company is equipping these vehicles with the latest digital CCTV camera technology and a complete suite of software for rapid deployment in different enforcement and monitoring applications. The MEVs are also fully compatible with Videalert’s hosted Digital Video Platform, allowing councils to quickly extend enforcement to other areas without having to make further investment in IT infrastructure.

“This new facility will enable us to meet the growing need for multipurpose vehicles, both cars and bikes, with the flexibility to be used for a wide range of parking and traffic management applications. It also represents a significant investment by us and signals our commitment to maintain our leading position in the market,” explained Tim Daniels, Videalert’s sales and marketing director.

“We are now the UK’s only supplier with the ability to provide the full suite of CCTV traffic and parking enforcement solutions comprising attended, unattended and mobile using the same intelligent platform.”

Following competitive trials, the company was recently awarded a contract to install unattended CCTV cameras at a number of ‘problem’ locations across the London Borough of Wandsworth. After benchmarking the technologies and performance, Videalert came out on top with consistently high capture rates, particularly in busy traffic conditions and across complex moving traffic contravention scenarios. The quality of evidence captured using the latest digital, ONFIV-compliant cameras also resulted in higher productivity, with the added potential to reduce the number of appeals.

Other key factors in the decision-making process included flexibility of the system to capture multiple contraventions from a single WAN (wide-area network) unit to reduce infrastructure costs, particularly when combined with Videalert’s real-time monitoring service to keep system uptime as close as possible to 100%. The platform’s automated evidence pack review suite was also recognized to further enhance productivity.

Steve Cull, assistant head of shared parking services for Richmond and Wandsworth, commented, “The trials demonstrated that the use of unattended cameras was justified in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and compliance. Deploying Videalert’s unique Digital Video Platform allows additional camera assets and enforcement applications to be cost effectively added, providing a future-proofed investment for civil traffic enforcement.”

Daniels commented, “We offer a radically different way of using CCTV for traffic management and civil enforcement for today and tomorrow. Using sophisticated ANLR and video analytics, we deliver the highest productivity while minimizing equipment infrastructure and communication costs at each target enforcement location.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since he joined the company in May 2014. Prior to this he worked on some of the UK's leading consumer magazine titles including Men's Health and Glamour, beginning his career in journalism in 1997 after graduating with a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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