Smart Video and Sensing (SVS) is trialling a solution that includes a radar capable of monitoring 12 lanes of traffic and CCTV on a UK motorway.
The product – provided by German company smartmicro – is used to monitor vehicle classification and occupancy, queue and wrong-way detection and also pedestrians and cyclists.
The Trugrd Stream product is being used in this trial to measure traffic statistics and to detect stopped and queuing vehicles on the M275 in Portsmouth, on the south coast of England.
Data from the Portsmouth City Council trial will be shared with Highways England.
SVS owner Peter Eccleson says detection rates should achieve a 99% classification of vehicles and pedestrians at 95% or more.
“Ideally a detector should be relatively low-powered and programmable and it should perform well under all-weather and lighting conditions while low-to-zero maintenance is obviously desirable,” he continues. “Trugrd Stream does all of these.”
Eccleson claims the technology provides “true doppler speed measurement” and has a range of up to 300m.
“Outputs can be programmed via a traditional relay module to integrate with a traffic signal controller or may be integrated directly into the controller,” he adds.
SVS has developed its Novus data analyser unit to be added to the smartmicro radar range to collect, analyse, store and forward traffic data to either a cloud-based back-office or via an application programming interface into the customer's existing database.
SVS says Novus can be added as an aftermarket product and does not affect the detection capabilities and interface of the radar with the controller, but adds data analysis as an enhancement.