Redflex Begins Major Upgrade of Automated Enforcement Systems in LA
ITS (UK) member Redflex Traffic Systems, a world leader in developing and implementing intelligent traffic management solutions, is currently in the beginning stages of upgrading 113 automated enforcement camera sites throughout the Los Angeles area that are designed to enhance safety by enforcing traffic laws at bus and rail crossings.
This initiative is part of a $25.4 million (USD) agreement with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to improve automated enforcement system technologies and associated back office management services over eight years. The entire network is currently one of the largest automated enforcement programmes in the United States.
Under the contract, Redflex will upgrade and maintain the camera systems and host the back-office solution for violations processing, customer service and court support. All citations are reviewed and approved by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The agreement is significant on multiple levels including its location, its size and its duration. Mark Talbot, Group Chief Executive Officer of Redflex Holdings Limited, says the project will garner attention. “This is one of the most watched transportation regions in the world and like us, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is committed to the goals of Vision Zero to reduce transportation deaths and serious injuries. Our work with Metro will give us the opportunity to profoundly impact the safety of Los Angeles’ residents,” he said. “Imagine the consequences of a crash between a bus and a car, or a train and a car. Reducing or possibly even eliminating those incursions is vitally important.”
The project will feature Redflex’s Halo 2 camera system (pictured) and Alcyon back office software, with 45-megapixel cameras delivering high quality images. “The certainty of enforcement drives compliance,” Talbot continued. “It’s an unarguable fact that when cameras are in place, violations go down and dangerous or bad driving behaviour changes.” The Redflex system is designed to be a fast and cost-effective retrofit with a modern, simple to use back office. Beyond its functionality, the system is attractive with fewer extraneous parts than competing systems, and is environmentally friendly with a low power draw that also uses LED flashes where possible. When fully upgraded, the Redflex automated enforcement systems will be active at several Metro light rail network and bus intersections.
Unlike many of its competitors, Redflex controls its own production and manufacturing processes, and assembles its own products. This allows the company to adapt schedules to meet customer needs with limited dependence on third party manufacturers. According to Talbot, that flexibility is attractive to customers. “We can accelerate delivery timelines and make customizations to drive to a competitive price point. That, combined with the quality and reliability of our products, represents real customer benefit.”