AGD Systems unveiling new traffic monitoring radar at Traffex Seeing is Believing show

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One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of ITS products AGD Systems is to exhibit some of its latest technologies and solutions at this year’s Traffex Seeing is Believing (SIB) event, which is taking place from June 27-28 at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire.

At Traffex SIB, AGD will showcase its upgraded wi-fi-enabled, IP-capable 645 Pedestrian Detector, which now comes with a larger 33 x 10ft (10m x 3m) detection zone. The 645 is a next-generation optical kerbside detector that makes crossings safer by delivering robust detection within larger zones.

Advanced optics deliver enhanced ‘detect and reject’, while the 645’s IP capability means real-time video and detection, and cancelled-demands data, can be fed to control rooms where remote zone adjustments may be made. The 645 uses the company’s wi-fi Touch-setup for simple configuration of multiple units, saving time and exposure to traffic risk.

AGD will also be demonstrating the latest version of its non-intrusive, loop-replacing 318 Traffic Control Radar, which is a highly successful product that delivers unprecedented ease of deployment, integration and setup to allow maximum flexibility for evolving traffic management models.

The 318 is a next-generation single-lane loop replacement radar that is ideal for use on approaches to pedestrian crossings and junctions. The maintenance-free unit is a smart alternative to wear-prone loops and magnetometers. It mounts on existing poles, easily integrates with controllers, and uses AGD’s Bluetooth Touch-setup for simple configuration and deployment.

At the SIB show, AGD will also be previewing a new radar detection product for the highways industry. The company says the new 343 Highways Monitoring Radar will open up fresh markets and will bring its solutions to new customers and channels internationally. Developed using AGD’s experience and expertise in designing radars for highway enforcement, the 343 is an easy-to-integrate traffic flow monitoring system that provides real-time data on multi-lane highways. Designed for traffic profiling and incident detection, the 343 dramatically enhances highway safety, capability and efficiency.

The 343 unit employs proven enforcement-grade radar and measurement techniques to quantify speed, range and length of passing vehicles. Detailed traffic information, such as, ‘Is traffic free-moving, slowing or starting-to-queue?’, is available in all weather conditions to inform control rooms and allow instant decision making.

The AGD radar unit can replace intrusive high-maintenance loops, mounting on existing roadside poles or gantries where it ‘looks’ across the road at 30°. The additional capability to operate at a >6.5ft (>2m) offset, while maintaining a 20ft (6m) plus mounting height, ensures reliable operation in managed motorway scenarios and ALR (All Lanes Running) schemes. The 343 has been designed to cope with the many difficulties facing international road network installations.

“Our new highways monitoring radar will collect detailed traffic flow data on the network, replacing loop technology to monitor multiple lanes on inter-urban routes,” explained AGD’s Ian Hind.

“It employs proven enforcement-grade radar and measurement techniques to quantify speed, range and length of passing vehicles. The radar allows instant decision making in determining whether traffic is free-moving, slowing or starting to queue.”

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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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