Jenoptik to supply average speed enforcement systems in Kuwait


German traffic technology and speed camera provider Jenoptik is boosting its presence in the Middle East with a new contract to supply average speed enforcement systems in Kuwait.

The Jenoptik Traffic Solutions division and its long-term local partner, First Joint Group, have been supplying Kuwait with speed and red-light monitoring and enforcement equipment for many years. In 2014, the partners delivered both stationary and mobile systems for speed monitoring, as well as red-light monitoring systems, which are all equipped with the latest digital camera and tracking radar technology.

In June this year, they delivered a further 60 of the design-award winning TraffiTower type 2.0 camera housings, as well as 40 TraffiStar SR390 radar-based speed measurement systems along, with 120 external flash units.

The new order, valued in the low single-digit million euro range, is for two non-invasive point-to-point (P2P) average speed enforcement systems for section speed control on the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Bridge. The order will also include several TraffiStar S390 radar-based speed measuring devices housed in TraffiTower units. The average speed enforcement systems will be installed on the new bridge, which, as of the end of 2018, will link the capital Kuwait City with both the Subbiyah region in the north and the Doha suburb in the east. The bridge is one of the country’s major infrastructure projects and when completed, will be one of the world’s longest sea bridges.

The section speed control measurement starts as soon as a vehicle enters the relevant section, with cameras reading the vehicle’s license plate at both the entry and exit point. If the vehicle’s average speed over the section exceeds the maximum permitted speed, Jenoptik’s TraffiSection back office system automatically records all data relevant for prosecuting the violation. The system is also able to classify the type of vehicle and apply the appropriate speed restriction.

The TraffiStar SR390 units used in the Kuwaiti average speed system are also capable of monitoring red light and speed violations using non-invasive 3D tracking radar sensors, which record all traffic movements long before the photo triggering point. With the use of the xenon flash technology and/or a LED infrared flash, the units can monitor speed in up to six lanes, day or night, capturing both license plate and driver recognition images. The TraffiTower 2.0 housing system is widely used in the Middle East due to its ability to cope with the harsh environmental conditions in the region.

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