UK Home Office gives type approval to AGD’s 342 radar unit

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The UK Home Office has given type approval to a new radar speed detector, allowing it to become part of the enforcement strategy in Highways England’s Smart Motorways initiative.

Cheltenham-based AGD Systems has announced that its 342 multilane highway monitoring vehicle detector has been awarded UK Home Office Type Approval (HOTA) – one of the most exacting and sought after certifications worldwide.

The 342 radar unit is the only single FMCW (frequency modulated continuous wave) radar system to get a multilane speed enforcement system through the rigorous HOTA process; it is a project that has taken several years to complete, and has resulted in possibly the fastest scanning FMCW enforcement radar in the world.

The 342 radar unit will now be used by Highways England (HE) in its Type Approved HADECS3 (Highways Agency Digital Enforcement Camera Systems) multilane speed enforcement system on new and existing Smart Motorway projects.

The 342 radar has been specially developed for this demanding application, providing the critical information that the authorities need to measure the speed and range of passing vehicles across multiple lanes for enforcement and monitoring purposes. The 342 FMCW radar operates in the 24GHz band, and is able to track up to eight target events in either approach or receding direction simultaneously, making it suitable for many national requirements. The technically advanced, patent pending, detection platform is capable of fixed and mobile deployment options, with the radar reporting speed and range to each event, using very high frame rate data capture technologies.

The 342 FMCW vehicle radar features:

Speed measurement from 12-186mph (20-300km/h) across multiple lanes; Target range measurement from 6-197ft (2-60m); Can discriminate between approaching and receding traffic; Custom designed planar antenna; Ease of integration to host system; High speed RS422 serial communications to host equipment; Hardware target simulation built into the radar; Continuous radar self-check features.

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