Siemens SafeZone average speed system delivers safer roads in two UK coastal resorts


Two SafeZone average speed schemes installed by Siemens in the seaside resorts of Brighton and Hastings in 2017 have received high acclaim from Sussex Safer Roads Partnership following the first six months of operation.

Completed in July 2017, the cameras have been deployed to improve road safety and reduce the speed vehicles travel along the seafront at Brighton, in order to reduce the risk of a serious collision, while providing a safe environment for local residents and visitors to one of the county’s most popular visitor destinations.

Similarly, the seafront at Hastings is susceptible to people speeding and overtaking at all hours of the day. The road is a main thoroughfare to the other side of the county and has to contend with the large number of visitors. Average speed cameras are helping to maintain a safe environment along one of the busiest roads in Hastings.

UK Home Office-approved and fully integrated to the back office penalty notice processing facility run by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Siemens SafeZone is an average speed enforcement system based on the company’s automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) technology and the first generation Sicore camera.

By identifying all vehicles as they enter the enforcement zones, SafeZone calculates average speed over a measured distance, ensuring high compliance to the speed limits and safer traffic flow. Evidential records are only created for vehicles that exceed the limit and are sent remotely to the back office in-station for processing through a fixed communications network.

All new Siemens ALPR deployments will benefit from the next generation Sicore II camera, which uses the latest sensors to deliver higher quality, evidentially secure images. The new camera delivers reliable results in all conditions, and three lane coverage with a single camera allows the processing of up to 2,500 fast-moving vehicles per lane per hour.

“Not only are both schemes reporting very high levels of speed compliance and road safety, but we have received no complaints from local residents,” stated Mark Trimmer, operations manager for the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership. “Using a collection of cameras along Brighton seafront on Marine Parade and a further set of average speed detection cameras on the A259 Grosvenor Crescent in Hastings, compliance levels have reached 98.8%, which is exceptional. The schemes also use a combination of visible and invisible (infrared) lighting which is more sensitive to the effects on local residents and the environment. It’s the first time such schemes have been installed in the county.”

February 28, 2018

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