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London Borough to deploy CCTV-based traffic enforcement system

The London Borough of Barnet is deploying a CCTV-based ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) and video analysis system for the enforcement of traffic offences at 52 locations under its jurisdiction.

The council has awarded OpenView Security Solutions Ltd a major contact to supply and maintain CCTV cameras and software for the unattended enforcement of moving traffic contraventions within the borough. The Videalert-based platform will initially be used to enforce a range of moving traffic contraventions at more than 20 locations, as well as being deployed outside 32 schools to increase road safety for children across Barnet. The Videalert system will be deployed at the first 20 locations to enforce a variety of moving traffic contraventions including box junctions, banned turns and restricted access. The installation will commence during the first quarter of 2016, after ensuring that all road markings and signs are fully compliant at each site. The locations were identified by the council during video traffic surveys as having high levels of contraventions, or causing congestion issues that were impacting on journey times.
Using a single camera, the system will also be used to automatically capture the number plates of vehicles stopping on the ‘keep clear’ zones outside schools and create video evidence packs for review before Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are generated. It will be installed at 32 schools in response to regular complaints from local residents, parents, and the schools themselves, about the parking problems during drop-off and pick-up times. The Borough awarded the contract after assessing a fully functioning Videalert system, installed by OpenView, which is delivering the required results for the London Borough of Redbridge. In particular, the Videalert platform delivers effective and reliable unattended enforcement in high traffic volume environments, by combining ANPR with video analytics. This provides an additional layer of intelligence to track moving objects, and accurately capture only those vehicles actually committing an offence, something that cannot be achieved using traditional ANPR-only systems.

“We have established a reputation as one of the UK’s leading suppliers of CCTV infrastructure solutions to local authorities, through partnering with companies such as Videalert, which have developed innovative and cost effective compliance solutions that increase safety for the local community,” observed Terry Cox, group sales and marketing director for OpenView. “As well as being cost effective to install and maintain, the Videalert platform allows multiple civil traffic enforcement and traffic management applications to run simultaneously, without requiring specific equipment for every point solution. The system is also ‘Open Standards-based’, allowing us to provide HD IP CCTV cameras to work with the Videalert platform.”

Chairman of Barnet Council’s Environment Committee, Dean Cohen, said, “The introduction of the Videalert CCTV enforcement system will have a big impact on helping to make roads safer, improve traffic flows, and reduce air pollution.”

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