TSS (Traffic Safety Systems) - part of AD Group - has seen increased demand for its in-vehicle roads policing CCTV solutions in the lucrative Middle East region over the past 12 months, with enquiries up by an impressive 70%. The company is currently undertaking a series of intensive trials with police forces in the region and expects to be able to announce a major order for its mobile RadarAutoVision system later this month.
Julian Cooke, International Sales Manager for TSS, believes that the upsurge in interest regarding roads policing, and specifically digital solutions, in the Middle East can be attributed to a number of factors: "In little more than a generation the region has witnessed a major transformation in its infrastructure with hundreds of miles of new motorways and trunk roads. The fact that countries in the Middle East tend to be towards the top of road death and injury league tables has also resulted in a pressing requirement for improved traffic management, particularly when it comes to addressing excessive and inappropriate speed and other, potentially, dangerous driver behaviour."
Cooke adds: "...as most police forces in the Middle East are adopting CCTV, in the context of roads policing, for the very first time they have the opportunity to bypass older analogue systems and go straight to more flexible and capable digital CCTV solutions, which offer extensive benefits in terms of in-car operation and image retrieval."
The digital CCTV system that TSS typically supplies to police forces in the Middle East is RadarAutoVision. Once fitted in a police car, this solution is able to integrate accurate speed measurement with digital CCTV evidence of a target vehicle that has exceeded the speed limit or committed other traffic violations. The system comes with NetVu ObserVer video management software that allows users to readily view and copy images from the Radar AutoVision's removable hard drive. There is also the potential for it to be used in a stationary or moving vehicle and to monitor offenders travelling towards or away from the police car.