Image Sensing Systems launches combined radar and Bluetooth sensor at ITS European Congress

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One of the USA’s leading developers of above-ground video and radar detection technology for use in Intelligent Transportation Systems has launched an industry-first radar-Bluetooth sensor to its traffic management product line. The new system has been unveiled at the ITS European Congress in Glasgow from June 6-9, and it will then be demonstrated at the ITS America event in San Jose, California, next week, from June 13-15.

Minnesota-based Image Sensing Systems (ISS) has introduced its new RTMS Sx-300 BT radar detector with integrated dual-channel Bluetooth sensor, which is a powerful tool that transportation agencies can use to better manage traffic. The combination of the RTMS radar unit with the robust Bluetooth sensor is an ideal system for incident detection and providing traffic managers with highly accurate travel time and origin/destination information. The integrated sensor detects the Bluetooth signals from vehicles and handheld mobile devices and allows traffic managers to monitor the signals throughout the duration of movement. This functionality expands upon the best-in-class radar detection already offered by the Sx-300 radar unit, which is renowned for long-term worry-free reliability and is backed by a best-in-class five-year warranty. The Sx-300 provides one of the most robust lane-by-lane detection capabilities available on the market, with the accuracy needed to help reduce congestion.

ISS has signed an agreement with trafficnow, the developer of the ‘DeepBlue’ range of Bluetooth sensors for the traffic management sector. ISS notes that it works diligently to identify innovative technologies that complement its technology portfolio, and that the marriage of these two technologies is a dynamic combination. The RTMS Sx-300 BT is a small roadside pole-mounted radar unit, operating in the high-resolution 24GHz microwave K-band. Simultaneously, the sensor provides per-lane presence, as well as volume, occupancy, speed and classification information in up to 12 user-defined detection zones. Output information is available to computer systems by serial communication and TCP/IP simultaneously, while Bluetooth information is available via TCP/IP. A single radar can replace multiple inductive loop detectors. The Sx-300’s all-in-one concept combines a high-resolution radar and Bluetooth sensor all in a single enclosure, with a sleek cabinet-free detection station that is simple to integrate into any system, whether urban signal control or highway traffic management. The unit provides presence indication and accurate measurement in up to 12 separate lanes up to 250ft (76m) away.

“We are thrilled to introduce the RTMS Sx-300 BT to our vehicle detection portfolio,” said Dan Skites, global general manager for highway sensors at ISS. “The incorporation of spatial probe data into a radar detector is unprecedented. Our high-accuracy radar traffic data, combined with probe data from the industry leading Bluetooth sensor, provides a comprehensive view of traffic with richer data than other traffic detectors available today. This latest addition to our offering of sensors continues to provide traffic management experts with increasing data fidelity to help them make precise decisions to manage their traffic.”

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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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