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After a pilot project, the east London Borough of Redbridge has awarded OpenView Security Solutions Limited a contract to extend the Videalert-based unattended CCTV enforcement system to cover more problem locations.
Councillor Baldesh Nijjar, Redbridge’s Cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “The Videalert platform complements the variety of work we do to ensure that our roads are as safe as possible. We will not stand for motorists who flout the rules of the road and increase the risk of harm to other motorists and pedestrians.
“This system has allowed us to efficiently enforce parking and moving traffic violations and has had an impact on reducing traffic congestion and improving road safety across the Borough.”
By combining ANPR with video analytics, the firm says that its Videalert platform enforces moving traffic contraventions such as bus lanes, banned turns and box junctions. During the pilot the Videalert system tracked moving objects, particularly multiple vehicles in normal busy traffic areas, something that suppliers of traditional legacy point solutions have been unable to consistently achieve, according to the firm.
Terry Cox, Group Sales & Marketing Director for OpenView Security Solutions, said: “As a long-standing supplier to the London Borough of Redbridge, we are focused on meeting the council’s evolving CCTV infrastructure requirements, including civil traffic enforcement. Our partnership with Videalert is enabling us to deliver a new generation of multipoint digital enforcement solutions that improves driver behaviour and we are confident that this model of working will be increasingly replicated across the UK. We have installed other traffic enforcement systems in the past and this is by far the most advanced of its type.”
Videalert’s Digital Video Platform integrates with Redbridge’s analogue and ONVIF-compliant digital megapixel cameras and supports communications infrastructures including 3G, Wi-Fi and fibre-based LANs. It also allows the council to reduce unnecessary street furniture as there is no need for remote PCs on lighting columns and only two cameras are needed to deliver the unattended enforcement of moving traffic contraventions in any location.
David Richmond, CEO of Videalert added: “As well as enabling the enforcement of moving traffic offences, the Videalert digital platform delivers additional benefits through the simultaneous provision of vehicle plate read data to Police ANPR databases (BOFII) and traffic management systems (UTMC). It also enables the unattended enforcement of keep clears outside schools. These combined capabilities minimise capital investment and drive down the operating costs of CCTV traffic systems.”
The Videalert solution also automates the construction of video evidence packs which are transmitted to Civica for review and processing without the need for manual copy and pasting as required by previous analogue-based systems.