Videalert, one of the UK’s suppliers of intelligent traffic enforcement and management solutions, announces the immediate availability of Stingray, a new modular ANPR camera solution. Designed for use with Videalert’s expanding range of multi-purpose Mobile Enforcement Vehicles (MEV), this modular solution features the latest generation of HD cameras with upgraded infra-red lighting to deliver enhanced capture rates and increased productivity in all parking and traffic management applications. Delivering higher productivity According to Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert: “This innovative new camera solution will be fitted to all our new MEV platforms and can be retrofitted to existing vehicles. It can deliver higher productivity as number plate read rates of over 98% can be achieved in a wide range of applications with vehicles being driven at normal road speeds.” Stingray includes the latest generation HD ONVIF-compliant cameras Stingray includes the latest generation HD ONVIF-compliant cameras and all networking components in a simply styled roof-mounted pod that is easier to install as well as being less obtrusive than individual roof-rack mounted units. It features integrated, upgraded infra-red lighting which accurately captures crisp images of reflective number plates at distances of up to 40 metres. A full colour overview module also captures contextual images of vehicles in both daylight and challenging light conditions. Rapid deployment in different enforcement “Maintenance is also simplified as the complete housing can be quickly replaced in the event of a parts failure,” continued Daniels. “This minimises down time for MEVs and to further increase productivity.” Videalert also provides a complete suite of software for rapid deployment in different enforcement and monitoring applications. The MEVs are fully compatible with Videalert’s hosted Digital Video Platform, allowing councils to quickly extend enforcement to other areas without having to make further investment in IT infrastructure.
Videalert, one of the UK’s renowned suppliers of intelligent traffic enforcement and management solutions, has supplied Wiltshire Council with a new mobile enforcement vehicle (MEV) which is initially being used to enforce residential permit parking in Salisbury. The vehicle is equipped with a complete suite of Videalert software giving it the ability to be used in future for a wide range of safety-related parking applications including bus stops and the enforcement of keep clears outside schools. The council is also deploying Videalert cameras to enforce two bus gates in Devizes. According to Joanne Pattison, Parking Manager at Wiltshire Council, “Videalert has provided the council with a flexible, hosted solution that will help us to significantly increase the productivity of the whole parking team. It will also enable us to cost effectively extend enforcement to other safety-related applications as required and provide a more efficient service.” Peugeot 108 equipped with ANPR cameras Videalert supplied a Peugeot 108 equipped with two roof-mounted ANPR cameras and two colour cameras Videalert supplied a Peugeot 108 equipped with two roof-mounted ANPR cameras and two colour cameras to capture contextual video evidence. The ONVIF-compliant cameras accurately capture reflective number plates at distances of up to 40 metres with capture rates of up to 98%. Importantly, this can be achieved with just a single pass at normal road speeds. Used in conjunction with the latest video analytics, the system delivers the highest productivity at the lowest operating cost in any traffic environment. Wiltshire Council is also installing Videalert cameras to enforce bus gates located at two housing developments in Devizes. These locations, situated next to main arterial routes into the market town, have previously been controlled using rising bollards, which have proved to be increasingly unreliable due to water damage. The first cameras have been installed at the Newman Road bus gate and will provide uninterrupted enforcement around the clock whilst delivering cost savings by eliminating the ongoing maintenance liability of the rising bollards. Hosted digital video platform Images of contraventions are transmitted to Videalert’s hosted digital video platform where evidence packs can be viewed and validated prior to sending to the council’s back office system for the issuance of penalty charge notices (PCN). Videalert’s flexible hosted platform makes it a quick and cost effective process to deploy enforcement as it does not require the installation of any IT at the council’s offices. To reduce the number of appeals, PCN recipients can view still photographs and video footage of the alleged offence over the internet. Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert added, “Videalert MEVs have proved to deliver industry-leading capture rates whilst consistently outperforming vehicles from other suppliers. These multi-purpose MEVs give councils greater flexibility to enforce a wide range of moving traffic and parking contraventions.”
Westminster City Council is standardising on Videalert’s hosted CCTV enforcement platform. The decision was taken after conducting a twelve-month pilot comparison exercise between Videalert, the market-leading supplier of unattended CCTV enforcement solutions, and the incumbent provider. Marston Holdings group companies Videalert and NSL were selected to deliver this solution after completing a comprehensive analysis across a wide range of enforcement activities including yellow box junctions, banned turns and restricted access. Videalert CCTV enforcement platform “The decision to extend the Videalert platform was taken after a number of successful deployments across the West End with high volume traffic and complex moving traffic scenarios. Videalert delivered the highest capture rates enabling us to meet our compliance objectives, a significantly higher level of performance compared with the previous manually-operated system, as well as providing the highest availability,” commented Darren Montague, Business Implementation Manager in Westminster City Council’s Parking Services team. Videalert is now the single platform standard for all CCTV enforcement throughout Westminster “The platform also delivers better value as future-proofing is built-in and additional camera assets and enforcement applications can be cost effectively added as required." Videalert is now the single platform standard for all CCTV enforcement throughout Westminster. The latest Videalert ONVIF-compliant digital HD cameras are now used at these locations to capture high quality images which minimise discard-rates, increase productivity and help reduce the number of appeals. The cameras are also playing a key role in helping to deliver Westminster City Council’s joint strategy with TfL, which aims to improve public spaces by reducing traffic congestion and tackling poor air quality. The council hopes to extend the use of the Videalert platform to additional locations including the Oxford Street West scheme and a number of traffic exclusion zones around schools in Westminster. Traffic and parking management According to Mark Hoskin, Managing Director of NSL: “We are delighted to have been awarded this high profile contract as it shows how Videalert and NSL can jointly deliver complete solutions that streamline every aspect of the traffic and parking management process from enforcement and PCN processing through to collections. This unique, integrated approach not only removes the risk element when working with outside contractors, but also enables councils to increase efficiency and maximise compliance in short timeframes.” “The joint Videalert and NSL service proposition demonstrates how close collaboration between the public and private sector can deliver better outcomes. Improving traffic flows will help to reduce congestion and the corresponding air pollution whilst increasing road safety for the millions of people that visit the Westminster area,” added Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert. “It also shows how councils can extend enforcement to further improve compliance without incurring major additional capital expenditure.”
Videalert, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of intelligent traffic management and enforcement solutions, has announced the appointment of Stuart Scott as Business Development Manager – North. In this new role, he will be responsible for managing relationships and developing new business opportunities with new and existing clients across the Northern England and Scotland. Stuart Scott has over 15 years’ experience of working in both local government and the private sector. He joins direct from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council where, as Head of Highways, he was responsible for managing the whole highways operations including systems deployment for network management. Further developing UK business This included the first unattended CCTV enforced red route outside London as well as Intelligent Transport Systems. Prior to this, Stuart worked for Parking Eye, part of the Capita Group, as Head of Operations (Local Government). According to Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert: “Stuart’s experience of working in this sector will be invaluable in helping us to further develop and grow our UK business. He will also help us meet the increasing demand for Videalert solutions that support multiple traffic management and enforcement applications as well as clean air and low emission zones across the north of the country including Scotland.”
Neath Port Talbot residents have been given a road safety boost in the form of a new Mobile Enforcement Vehicle (MEV). It has been supplied by Videalert, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of intelligent traffic enforcement, video surveillance and management solutions, which was awarded the contract after due procurement process. Mobile enforcement vehicle “Indiscriminate and dangerous parking around Neath Port Talbot will no longer be tolerated,” said Councillor Rob Jones, Leader of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. “The newly purchased mobile enforcement vehicle seeks to challenge those drivers who choose to park on school keep clear markings, within clearly defined bus stops and on pedestrian crossings with no thought for the safety of others. It is hoped that this MEV vehicle will help to further ensure greater safety and protection for pedestrians and other road users as we progress through 2019.” It is hoped that this MEV vehicle will help to further ensure greater safety and protection for pedestrians" As part of an ongoing campaign, the council’s road safety team carried out a county-wide School Gate Parking campaign in partnership with South Wales Police and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. This included banners to be displayed outside all schools to raise awareness as well as delivering education to all pupils - encouraging them to be a positive influence on their guardians taking them to and from school. However, it was determined that enforcement for persistent drivers was the most effective way to tackle this growing road safety menace. ANPR and Digital Video Platform The Mobile Enforcement Vehicle (MEV) comes equipped with two roof-mounted high-tech ANPR cameras and two colour cameras to capture contextual video evidence of vehicles whose drivers have chosen to contravene traffic orders across the County’s territories. The on-board systems are controlled by one of the Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers using a dashboard-mounted touchscreen. All contravention evidence data is transferred to Videalert’s Digital Video Platform in the parking office at the end of each shift. The Videalert system automates the construction of video evidence packs which are reviewed by trained council operatives prior to sending confirmed offences to the back-office processing system for the issuance of penalty charge notices to the registered keepers of vehicles. Road and residential safety The winning entry of ‘iPatrol’ was submitted by a pupil at Gnoll Primary School In order to promote the safety messages to younger residents, the Council’s Road Safety Team also engaged with all Primary School pupils in a competition to name the vehicle. The winning entry of ‘iPatrol’ was submitted by a pupil at Gnoll Primary School who was presented with a Chromebook, sponsored by Videalert, by Neath Port Talbot Council Mayor Cllr Dennis Keogh at the Mayor’s Parlour in Port Talbot on Thursday, January 24th. According to Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert: “This new generation of multi-purpose mobile enforcement vehicles (MEVs) gives Councils greater flexibility in the way that they can deal with a wide range of moving traffic and parking contraventions.”
Videalert, one of the UK’s suppliers of intelligent traffic management and enforcement solutions, announces a new strategic partnership with PARKIUS, formerly known as Agendum, the Netherlands-based developer of digital enforcement solutions that make the compliance process more efficient and productive. Together, the two companies will enable councils to dramatically increase the efficiency and productivity of their parking departments. The joint Videalert and PARKIUS solution for ANPR based parking enforcement is being deployed at the London Borough of Richmond and one other London borough imminently. Traffic analysis applications We will be co-operating on a pan-European basis which signals the next stage of our strategic growth plan to gain a foothold in other markets" “We are pleased to be partnering with PARKIUS as the company shares our approach to developing the latest cutting-edge technologies to help local authorities and their outsourced enforcement partners to achieve significant increases in productivity and efficiency,” commented Tim Daniels, Sales & Marketing Director of Videalert. “We will be co-operating on a pan-European basis which signals the next stage of our strategic growth plan to gain a foothold in other markets.” PARKIUS has tightly integrated its solutions with Videalert’s multi-purpose mobile enforcement vehicles (MEVs) which are equipped with the latest digital ONVIF-compliant HD cameras and a complete suite of traffic management, enforcement and monitoring software. The vehicles can achieve superior capture rates of up to 98% with just a single pass at normal road speeds to deliver significant productivity increases in a range of additional parking and traffic analysis applications. Digital parking enforcement Digital parking enforcement is a key market for this new breed of multi-purpose MEVs which can scan the VRMs of parked vehicles and transmit captured data to the PARKIUS platform where it is compared with the parking rights database to identify every instance of unpaid or illegal parking. In other European countries, legislation permitting, the PCN can be automatically issued without requiring the services of a CEO Whenever a vehicle without a parking right is spotted, an alert is sent to handheld devices carried by civil enforcement officers (CEOs), detailing the make and model, VRM and location, so a penalty charge notice (PCN) can be immediately issued in person. In other European countries, legislation permitting, the PCN can be automatically issued without requiring the services of a CEO. Specific work assignments According to Peter van Oorschot, International Sales Director of PARKIUS: “This partnership with Videalert underlines our ambition to provide end-to-end parking enforcement solutions to the UK market and beyond. It gives councils access to over 10 years’ combined experience in the implementation of proven technologies that reduce costs and increase productivity.” The data provided by Videalert and PARKIUS equipped MEVs also delivers comprehensive and detailed insights on the performance of the enforcement process, parking behaviour and the extent to which council objectives are being met. The PARKIUS platform also generates specific work assignments for parking departments to ensure that CEOs and MEVs are deployed where enforcement is most needed.
Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES Council) is extending its Videalert CCTV enforcement platform with the installation of additional cameras for its approved class C clean air zone (CAZ) that gives exemptions to private cars but charges higher polluting buses, coaches, HGVs, LGVs/vans, private hire vehicles and taxis. Videalert was awarded the contract to ensure full and seamless integration with the council’s existing hosted digital video platform which is already being used to enforce a wide range of restrictions including bus lanes, bus gates and permit parking. Videalert CCTV enforcement platform B&NES Council was one of 28 councils directed by the government to prepare an action plan to urgently reduce high levels of nitrogen dioxide (caused by vehicle emissions) to within EU and national limits by 2021 at the latest. The authority had originally proposed a Class D CAZ, charging all higher emission vehicles, including cars, to drive in the city centre. However, following further ongoing technical work and a public consultation in December - which garnered an unprecedented 8,421 responses - a class C option with additional traffic management, was agreed. According to Chris Major, group manager for Transport and Parking at B&NES Council: “The new charging class C CAZ will achieve compliance by 2021 apart from a single exceedance caused by localised traffic issues. We believe this will be resolved by installing traffic signals at two junctions.” HD ANPR cameras Videalert will be installing HD ANPR cameras to enforce the new CAZ scheme at key road junctions across the designated boundary Videalert will be installing HD ANPR cameras to enforce the new CAZ scheme at key road junctions across the designated boundary. The hosted Videalert platform will automate the management and enforcement of this new zone, providing real-time identification including vehicle make, model, colour and euro standard rating for pre-filtering and updating the whitelist of compliant vehicles held at the edge to minimise transmission costs. Information on non-compliant vehicles will then interface with the UK government’s new national clean air zone database for vehicle validation and payment. The system will also provide detailed analytics and impact analysis highlighting the reduction in non-compliant vehicles entering the zone over time. Support multiple applications Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert, added: “The award of this high-profile contract confirms Videalert’s ability to handle the evolving requirements of clean air and low emission zones. It also demonstrates how a single video data platform can support multiple applications, enabling councils to address the challenges of improving traffic congestion and air quality simultaneously.” The CAZ should commence operation at the end of 2020. The daily charge will be £9 for non-compliant taxis, private hire vehicles and light goods vehicles (the minimum standard being euro 6 for diesel and Euro 4 for petrol), and £100 for buses, coaches and HGVs (the minimum standard being euro 6).
Videalert, a UK supplier of intelligent traffic management and enforcement solutions, is expanding the range of services provided at its recently opened Mobile Enforcement Vehicle (MEV) engineering hub in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The company has announced the launch of a new refit service for MEVs that will enable councils to cost effectively extend the operational life of existing assets while driving significant increases in productivity and efficiency. ONVIF-compliant HD digital cameras This new refit service will enable councils using older TES and SEA vehicles to replace legacy analogue technology with HD digital cameras. These latest generation ONVIF-compliant cameras will deliver superior capture rates of up to 98% to dramatically increase productivity and reduce the total cost of ownership. Significantly, this capture rate is achieved with just a single pass at normal road speeds rather than having to make multiple passes at speeds of just 10-15 mph. From the CEO’s point of view, the new Videalert systems are simpler and easier to use with only minimal training. According to Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert: “This service will enable councils to extend the operational life of MEVs by installing new camera technology and a complete suite of software. It will allow the vehicles to be used in a wide range of traffic management enforcement and monitoring applications. What is more, there is also no restriction regarding the types of vehicles that can be upgraded.”
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has taken delivery of a new CCTV enforcement vehicle from Videalert, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of intelligent traffic enforcement and management solutions. The new Mobile Enforcement Vehicle (MEV) has an unattended operating capability and will be used to enforce school locations where illegal parking on the yellow ‘keep clears’ has been identified as putting children’s lives in danger. School and students’ safety Councillor Bob Norton, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Highways, said: “We know that measures to tackle parking are often controversial and seen by some as a ‘cash grab’ but that is simply not the case. This is all about safety! Three accidents involving school children in one year is three too many and we won’t allow this continuing risk to the safety of children in our schools. Our message is clear: Don’t want to get fined? Then don’t put people at risk when you park.” Videalert ANPR cameras Videalert has supplied a white Renault Kadjar equipped with two roof-mounted ANPR cameras and two colour cameras to capture contextual video evidence Videalert has supplied a white Renault Kadjar equipped with two roof-mounted ANPR cameras and two colour cameras to capture contextual video evidence. Used in conjunction with the latest video analytics, the system delivers the highest productivity at the lowest operating cost even in the highest density traffic environments. The on-board systems are controlled by the operator manning the vehicle using a dashboard-mounted touchscreen. All contravention evidence data is transferred to Videalert’s Digital Video Platform in the parking office at the end of each shift. The Videalert system automates the construction of video evidence packs which are reviewed by trained council operatives prior to sending confirmed offences to the back-office processing system for the issuance of PCNs. Mobile Enforcement Vehicle (MEV) Redcar and Cleveland’s new mobile enforcement vehicle is also equipped with a complete suite of Videalert software applications enabling it to be used for a wide range of traffic and parking management applications in the future as required. “In recent benchmarking trials, our MEVs equipped with four cameras have proved to deliver industry-leading capture rates whilst consistently outperforming vehicles from other suppliers. This new generation of multi-purpose MEVs will give councils greater flexibility in the enforcement of a wide range of moving traffic and parking contraventions,” added Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert.
Videalert, one of the UK’s suppliers of intelligent traffic enforcement and management solutions, is expanding with the opening of a Mobile Enforcement Vehicle (MEV) engineering hub in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. This new regional hub will house a fully-equipped workshop for fitting out and refurbishing MEVs to meet the increasing demand from the company’s expanding customer base. According to Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert: "This new MEV hub will enable us to meet the growing need for multi-purpose vehicles, both cars and bikes, with the flexibility to be used for a wide range of parking and traffic management applications. It also represents a significant investment by Videalert and signals our commitment to maintain our leading position in the market." Complete CCTV suite The increasing demand for MEVs is being driven by councils wanting to rapidly deploy enforcement to a wide range of locations where non-compliance by drivers is causing congestion or safety issues. Videalert is equipping these vehicles with the latest digital camera technology and a complete suite of software for rapid deployment in different enforcement and monitoring applications. The MEVs are also fully compatible with Videalert’s hosted digital video platform allowing councils to quickly extend enforcement to other areas without having to make further investment in IT infrastructure. "Videalert is now the UK’s only supplier with the ability to provide the full suite of CCTV traffic and parking enforcement solutions comprising attended, unattended and mobile using the same intelligent platform," added Daniels.
The London Borough of Newham has installed a CCTV-based system from Videalert to provide unattended enforcement of bus lanes and moving traffic contraventions with a special focus on box junctions. The contract was awarded to OpenView Security Solutions, a leading provider of CCTV systems to local authorities, under the ELS framework agreement, which is available to all London boroughs. “An important factor in the decision-making process was to ensure that the chosen solution was open-standards based to avoid being locked in to a single supplier,” commented Carl Brown, Operations Manager Enforcement & Safety. “Videalert ticked all the boxes with a Digital Video Platform that uses standard off-the-shelf equipment to seamlessly integrate with our existing CCTV systems and fibre/wireless network infrastructure. As well as supporting existing analogue cameras, it allows a progressive migration to mixed analogue/digital camera environments.” Videalert ticked all the boxes with a Digital Video Platform that uses standard off-the-shelf equipment to seamlessly integrate with our existing CCTV systems" ONVIF Profile S certified digital HD cameras The latest ONVIF Profile S certified digital HD cameras and processing units have been deployed at twenty two locations across the borough where high levels of driver non-compliance has been commonplace. The London Borough of Newham also invested in a significant amount of additional data storage capacity to accommodate future system expansion at other sites that have been identified as requiring enforcement for a range of contraventions. “Our platform has a proven capability to operate effectively in busy urban environments, delivering unattended enforcement in all traffic conditions regardless of vehicle speeds and proximity to each other,” added Tim Daniels, Sales & Marketing Director of Videalert. “Combining ANPR with video analytics ensures that only those vehicles actually committing an offence are captured which significantly speeds up the manual review process and increases productivity. This additional intelligence also enables enforcement to be carried out in areas such as bus lanes where there is adjacent parking so drivers are not penalised when entering or leaving their spaces.” Videalert system The Videalert system automates the construction of video evidence packs which are reviewed by trained council operators prior to sending confirmed offences to the back office processing system for the issuance of PCNs. It also enables the London Borough of Newham to potentially share captured data with other stakeholders for other applications such as crime prevention, community safety, traffic planning and journey time monitoring using the same camera assets.
Videalert, a supplier of intelligent traffic enforcement and management solutions, has announced the immediate availability of new functionality for its digital video platform which simultaneously supports the enforcement of diverse civil traffic contraventions, traffic management and community safety applications. This includes integration with mobile enforcement vehicles from third party suppliers including TES and SEA, a new analytics engine and an upgraded Evidence Pack Review Suite – all of which will result in significant productivity improvements for councils. Integration with civil traffic systems According to Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert: “Videalert is the first manufacturer to integrate its platform with other suppliers of civil traffic enforcement systems such as mobile enforcement vehicles from SEA and TES."Videalert’s Evidence Pack Review Suite has been upgraded to display more detailed DVLA data "Using a single platform in this way allows councils to take a phased approach to migrating from existing systems that are still operational. This will help to extend the ROI of existing assets and reduce support costs.” Enhanced evidence capture Videalert’s new analytics engine has been equipped with the latest algorithms that provide additional layers of intelligence to enhance the evidence capture process. It will further increase detection rates and reduce the incidence of false alerts to deliver industry-leading levels of productivity at the lowest operating cost. Videalert’s Evidence Pack Review Suite has also been upgraded with the addition of new fields to display more detailed DVLA data and allow reviewers to add notes explaining the reasons that PCNs have been issued in borderline cases. This will help to speed up the evidence pack review process.
The London Borough of Redbridge, the UK’s first local authority to install an unattended CCTV enforcement platform, has extended the system to cover additional locations where compliance was becoming a concern. The Videalert Digital Video Platform has been extended to enforce parking restrictions and traffic management outside schools where major safety and congestion issues were being caused. Unprecedented level of success According to Michael Jackson, Parking Manager at the London Borough of Redbridge: “The system has provided a sustainable increase in compliance for school ‘keep clear’ markings and moving traffic contraventions of up to 73% since the Redbridge contract commenced in 2015. Within the first month of introducing CCTV at Isaac Newton Academy, Redbridge experienced an increase in compliance of 63% and expects to see further increases over the coming months. This level of success is unprecedented in civil parking and traffic enforcement.” A single digital HD PTZ camera has been installed at Isaac Newton Academy in High Road, Seven Kings. The school is situated on a busy main road, where problems were being caused by the high number of vehicles parking in a narrow access way to the school, as well as on the main road where large volumes of traffic pass during the morning rush hour. The unattended PTZ camera continuously monitors the restricted areas and only captures the drivers that actually commit a contravention by being stationary in a defined “watch area” and exceed the “watch time”. "The Videalert platform complements the varietyof work we do to ensurethat our roads are assafe as possible" Videalert system reduces costs The Videalert system enables Redbridge to reduce both infrastructure and communication costs, as it allows one RDS unit (processor up a pole) with just a single SIM to support multiple camera locations simultaneously. This is being demonstrated at Seven Kings, where four separate offences are being enforced simultaneously including a banned U-Turn, a school keep clear zone, a banned right turn and a one-way street. “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,” added Councillor John Howard, Cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability at Redbridge. Achieving more with less Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert commented that: “The success that is being achieved at Redbridge is typical of the results that we are seeing with every installation. By financing the system using a cap-ex neutral model whereby costs are recovered through the issuance of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs), councils can minimise capital investment and drive down operating costs. In addition, the ability of the Videalert platform to support multiple traffic management applications simultaneously, demonstrates how councils really can achieve more with less.”
The pilot scheme has resulted in a 90% reduction in traffic around schools during drop off and pick up times The London Borough of Havering has introduced Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to crack down on dangerous driving and parking during the school run. This is the first pilot scheme of its kind to use Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) making anti-social driving a criminal offence in areas around schools. To enforce the new scheme, a Videalert CCTV-based traffic enforcement and management system has been installed as part of an initial pilot contract awarded to OpenView Security Solutions. Improving road safety Cllr Osman Dervish, cabinet member for community safety at the London Borough of Havering, believes that the deterrent of potential criminal proceedings is the best way to improve road safety during term time. He commented: “Poor, irresponsible behaviour from a minority of parents created an unsafe environment for the majority of parents and their children. Hearts and minds campaigns, 1200 parking tickets, excellent school travel planning and letters from the children themselves pleading for a change in behaviour have all failed to create a safe environment in and around our schools.” Traffic reduction The pilot scheme has resulted in a 90% reduction in traffic around schools during drop off and pick up times. A full consultation with parents and local residents was carried out prior to invoking PSPO legislation which showed 77% or higher approval ratings for each of the first four schools initially chosen to pilot the scheme. The PSPOs operate from 8 - 9.30am and 2.30 - 4pm, Monday to Friday, during term time and allow the council to treat dangerous parking as a criminal offence where a child’s life has been thought to have been endangered. “Poor, irresponsible behaviour from a minority of parents created an unsafe environment for the majority of parents and their children” CCTV-based enforcement solution The CCTV-based enforcement solution is being provided by Videalert using Civil Enforcement as a Service (CEaaS), a fully managed service that uses the company’s DfT Manufacturer Certified hosted platform. As part of the pilot project, thirty-three cameras have been installed by OpenView Security on streets around the first four schools to monitor all areas and not just the keep clears. Videalert was the preferred supplier considered to be able to meet the requirements for capturing offending vehicles within the restricted PSPO zones. In addition, Videalert’s solution allows multiple cameras to use a single RDS ‘processor up a pole’ unit. This significantly reduces costs and the level of street furniture that has to be installed and supported. Video evidence packs are automatically compiled for review by Chipside staff to ensure they are 100% correct with all evidential quality video images before FPNs are issued. Flexibility and reliability Lead Cabinet Member for the PSPO scheme, Cllr Jason Frost, added: “I would be delighted if no FPNs are issued and no-one ends up in court as that would mean that drivers are being responsible and that the journeys for children to and from these schools are safer. It is important for parents and residents to be aware that any fines will go to the Crown and not Havering Council as they would be criminal rather than civil prosecutions.” “It is too soon to say whether schemes of this kind will be widely adopted but this unique initiative is receiving widespread attention from local authorities across the country which will be closely monitoring the results,” said Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert. “However, such a scheme clearly demonstrates the sophistication and flexibility of our solution for addressing complex traffic and parking scenarios whilst minimising on-street infrastructure and operational costs.”
The system combines ANPR with video analytics to deliver the highest productivity at the lowest operational cost Bournemouth Borough Council is taking the first steps towards a fixed deterrent to reduce the increasing incidents of inconsiderate parking outside schools by deploying Videalert’s fully hosted CCTV-based enforcement platform. Six cameras will be deployed as part of a year-long pilot scheme at an initial three school locations where illegal parking on the yellow ‘keep clears’ has been identified as putting children’s lives in danger. CCTV solution features According to Elaine Smith, Deputy Parking Services Manager at Bournemouth Borough Council: “The zig-zag lines provided outside our schools are there to protect our children, making the road safer to cross. We have in the past tried using camera cars, but it is hoped that using fixed CCTV cameras will prove to be more effective in changing the anti-social behaviour of those who drop off and pick up their children in restricted areas.” Videalert’s CEaaS solution is easy to install, as it does not require the procurement and deployment of any equipment within Bournemouth’s IT infrastructure or software to be installed on local PCs for evidence pack review. A single PTZ camera installed on a lamp post continuously monitors the keep clear zones and automatically captures only the drivers that are stationary in defined ‘watch areas’ and exceed the ‘watch times’. The system combines automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) with video analytics to deliver the highest productivity at the lowest operational cost. "This innovative solution also allows for other civil traffic enforcement requirements to be easily and rapidly added" CCTV benefits for traffic management Qualified council operatives can access and review evidence packs using standard web browsers before transmitting confirmed offences to the back office processing system where PCNs are issued. Videalert is providing Bournemouth Borough Council with a dedicated virtual server to guarantee the highest level of security and integrity with cloud storage used for backup. “Outsourcing to a hosted enforcement environment enables councils to improve efficiency, maximise productivity and maintain greater control over costs,” added Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert. “This innovative solution also allows for other civil traffic enforcement requirements, such as bus lanes, to be easily and rapidly added; as well as providing a platform for delivering traffic management and community safety applications simultaneously without needing a major IT infrastructure project.”
The HD cameras combine ANPR with advanced analytics to accurately capture the number plate of each vehicle A Videalert CCTV-based ANPR system has been installed at the University of Hertfordshire to control rising bollards at two main entrances to the De Havilland Campus at Hatfield. The installation has been completed by Eurovia Infrastructure Ltd (a Vinci Group Company) on behalf of Ringway, a provider of highway maintenance services to local authorities under the seven-year Hertfordshire Term Contract. The new system will provide a safe pedestrian area within the busy campus which houses over 2700 members of staff and a student community of more than 24,500. Automation of rising bollards The Videalert system has been deployed on a hosted basis to automate the control of the rising bollards which restrict access to the campus to authorised vehicles only. The HD cameras combine ANPR with advanced analytics to accurately capture the number plate of each vehicle approaching the bollards. When an authorised vehicle is recognised, the system communicates directly with the MACS bollard control system to automatically allow access. “This installation demonstrates that the Videalert platform has the flexibility to handle multiple traffic management and enforcement applications simultaneously with ease,” commented Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert. Number plates of authorised vehicles are stored on a ‘whitelist’ which is stored and managed using a secure hosted server. To ensure that this list is always up to date, the server communicates directly with each bollard location on an hourly basis to apply any updates or changes made by authorised users via a web browser. Should a vehicle not be on the ‘whitelist’, the bus operator has to call the control centre which can override the system and manually lower the bollards. Major improvements The CCTV-based system provides major improvements over the previous RFID-based system as it eliminates situations where authorised vehicles are unable to gain access as drivers have forgotten or misplaced their tags along with the resulting traffic jams and delays caused by drivers having to call the central control room using their mobile phones to request access. “The Videalert system will provide greater control over the number of vehicles entering the campus to improve safety for all staff and students,” added Tim Daniels. “Using technology that is proven in high volume traffic environments, it will deliver a reliable and resilient service without the user problems experienced with the previous system.” Future-proofing is built-in as the Videalert system provides the flexibility to move away from physical bollards and adopt CCTV-based enforcement with automatic production of PCNs for unauthorised vehicles that pass through the gates. Operators that already use the portal to manage the whitelist will then be able to review and process all captured offences before PCNs are issued.
Videalert’s mobile vehicle features a roof-mounted Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera with 2 cameras capturing ANPR Southampton City Council has taken delivery of a new Videalert mobile enforcement vehicle. This multi-purpose vehicle supports multiple traffic enforcement and community safety applications simultaneously and will be used in conjunction with Videalert’s hosted Digital Video Platform that was recently installed as part of a project to introduce CCTV enforcement of bus lanes in key areas of the city. Enhancing community safety According to John Harvey, Highway Manager at Southampton City Council, “This new vehicle is easy and cost effective to deploy as it integrates with our existing Videalert enforcement infrastructure. It will be used strategically across the city to enforce a range of parking contraventions and to enhance community safety”. The vehicle will patrol the city targeting vehicles that stop unlawfully on the keep clears outside schools in response to complaints and concerns raised by parents and teachers whose children are being put at risk by irresponsible parking. It will also be used to enforce illegal parking at bus stops which causes unnecessary delays for other road users and potentially puts people at risk. Innovative mobile enforcement solution The Videalert mobile enforcement vehicle has been procured through Balfour Beatty Living Places which has a ten-year contract to manage all highway infrastructure assets on behalf of Southampton City Council. According to Brian Hammersley, Contract Manager at Balfour Beatty Living Places, “This innovative mobile solution shows how quick and easy it is to expand Southampton’s existing enforcement activities using Videalert’s Digital Video Platform.” "This innovative mobile solution shows how quick and easy it is to expand Southampton’s existing enforcement activities using Videalert’s Digital Video Platform" This innovative mobile enforcement vehicle features a roof-mounted Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera and two roof mounted cameras that provide ANPR and colour image capture for evidence collection. Evidence packs will be downloaded from a USB for access and review by trained council operators prior to sending confirmed offences to the back office processing system for the issuance of PCNs. Three click process to review evidence packs Videalert provides a quick and easy three click process to review evidence packs and produce PCNs. The packs are automatically created including still images and video footage comprising contextual information and close-ups of appropriate signage in the vicinity of the offence. Operators just have to validate number plates before exporting complete evidence packs to the back office PCN processing system. “Videalert’s hosted Digital Video Platform shows that it can deliver significant benefits to councils by enabling them to quickly extend enforcement to other areas without having to make further investment in IT infrastructure. This enables councils to achieve the highest productivity and the lowest operating cost to derive maximum benefit from available budgets,” added Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert. “With the introduction of this new vehicle, Videalert is now the UK’s only supplier with the ability to provide the full suite of CCTV traffic and parking enforcement solutions comprising attended, unattended and mobile using the same intelligent platform.” Save
Videalert cameras will supplement the council’s fleet of CCTV cars and enable enforcement to be extended The London Borough of Bexley is installing automated enforcement systems from Videalert to capture moving traffic contravention at several key locations. The fixed/redeployable cameras will supplement the council’s existing fleet of CCTV cars and enable enforcement to be extended to improve driver compliance. Procurement The contract has been awarded to OpenView Security Solutions, a leading provider of CCTV solutions to local authorities, under the ELS framework agreement, which can be accessed by all London boroughs and allows direct and fast procurement. ANPR & video analytics The Videalert CCTV enforcement system combines ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) with video analytics to automatically capture only the number plates of vehicles that actually commit offences. It will also be used to enforce weight restriction contraventions applying to HGVs on designated roads. “We are pleased to be again working with OpenView Security Solutions on this important contract,” commented Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert. “The platform provides councils with high levels of flexibility by supporting multiple civil traffic enforcement, traffic management, community safety and crime prevention applications simultaneously.”
Jonathan Hector has over 30 years’ engineering experience with major UK-based organisations Videalert, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of traffic enforcement and management solutions, has announced the appointment of Jonathan Hector as Business Development Manager. In this new role he will be responsible for developing business opportunities with customers and partners as well as providing technical support for deployments of Videalert solutions. He will also provide valuable input to Videalert’s ongoing product development roadmap to ensure the company maintains its leading market position. Engineering experience Jonathan Hector is a seasoned industry professional with over 30 years’ engineering experience with major UK-based organisations. Prior to joining Videalert, Jonathan spent five years with SEA as Product Manager where he managed a team of seventeen people handling the design, development, manufacture, delivery and support of the ROADflow traffic system. He was instrumental in growing this business from infancy to a leading enforcement provider in the UK and establishing a significant presence in other international markets such as the USA. Increasing CCTV demand According to Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director at Videalert: “This key appointment will enable us to meet the increasing demand for our innovative CCTV-based traffic enforcement and management solutions from local authorities and law enforcement agencies across the UK and internationally. Jonathan’s extensive experience of specifying and deploying DfT accredited systems will enhance our ability to help customers achieve the highest productivity at the lowest operational cost.”
Videalert platform is a multipoint solution that integrates with existing analogue and ONVIF compliant digital megapixel cameras Leeds City Council is expanding the reach of its CCTV enforcement network to a further six sites as a direct result of the improvements that the Videalert-based system has delivered over the last four years. The council will now be enforcing bus lane contraventions at thirty sites throughout the city and expects to achieve further reductions in the number of offences committed and continue to meet its strategy of faster journey times for public transport users. The Videalert system was originally installed in 2011 to monitor bus lane offences in five city centre sites where it has helped reduce contraventions by more than 90%. Leeds City Council has subsequently extended the number of locations monitored and the system is now considered to be an integral component of the Council’s strategy to keep the city moving. According to Councillor Richard Lewis, Executive Board Member for regeneration, transport and planning at Leeds City Council: “In order to ensure quick movement of public transport, we need to make sure other vehicles obey the rules of the road. The Videalert system has proved to be extremely flexible. It is a vital part of our strategy to speed traffic flows, improve timetable efficiency and reduce bus journey times to encourage more people to use public transport and make the city a better place to live and work.” A multipoint solution The system is based on Videalert’s unique Digital Video Platform, an innovative multipoint solution that uses standard off-the-shelf equipment and seamlessly integrates with existing analogue and ONVIF compliant digital megapixel cameras and infrastructure. This future-proofed solution combines ANPR technology with sophisticated video analytics to provide the most reliable enforcement of moving traffic offences such as bus lanes. It will also enable the council to run additional civil traffic management and enforcement applications simultaneously including, if needed, vehicle plate read data to Police ANPR databases (BOFII) and traffic management systems (UTMC). According to Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert: “Leeds City Council has proved that installing the latest digital systems can make a major impact on reducing moving traffic contraventions and reducing congestion on the roads. The Videalert platform also provides Leeds with a future proofed solution so, if and when legislation is enacted to allow Councils outside London to extend enforcement activities to other moving traffic offences such as banned turns, box junctions and restricted access areas, the same system can deliver these requirements out of the box. This eliminates the need to procure multiple point solutions thereby substantially reducing costs over the lifetime of the contract.” The system expansion is incorporated within a new five year maintenance contract recently awarded to Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions, a leading provider of fully-integrated business processing and IT solutions to local authorities.