ITS (UK) member Siemens Mobility Limited has received Home Office Type-Approval for its SafeZone II average speed enforcement system, which incorporates the company’s market-leading Sicore II camera. Approval means that evidence from the system is now fully admissible in court for offences under the Road Traffic Offenders Act, 1988.
Based on automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology, SafeZone II provides effective speed enforcement between pairs of cameras, mounted either at the side of single or dual lane carriageways, or on cantilever poles or gantries over multi-lane roads.
Commenting on the news, Noel Frost, Head of Global Enforcement for Siemens Mobility’s Intelligent Traffic Systems business, said: “We are delighted to have now received the formal UK Home Office approval certificate for SafeZone II. Through digitalisation, Siemens Mobility is committed to providing transit operators the latest in intelligent infrastructure solutions and following a lengthy and rigorous approval process, we now have a fantastic solution for the UK that completely redefines the market in terms of image quality, precision and performance.”
With the ability to provide three-lane coverage with just a single camera, industry-leading image quality and number plate read accuracy, SafeZone II provides effective and robust speed enforcement in many deployment scenarios.
The system’s advanced technology and ease of installation also make it cost-effective for residential, city, rural and motorway enforcement, with Siemens Mobility’s fully-qualified team able to advise on suitable locations and to design all aspects of the system’s deployment.
Type-approval testing was carried out for the Home Office by Road Safety Support (RSS), with the SafeZone II system being the first to be tested by the organisation following its accreditation to ISO 17025, the most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories worldwide.
Noel Frost continued: “SafeZone II is a robust solution which is proven to smooth traffic flow, reduce congestion and deliver high levels of speed limit compliance. We are now looking forward to working with authorities to help them achieve its wide-ranging safety, performance and environmental benefits”.