Mobile enforcement takes to the streets in Southampton

ANPR equipped vehicle now forms part of enforcement system for roads in Southampton with emphasis on school parking violations.

Southampton City Council mobile enforcement vehicleVidealert has supplied Southampton City Council with a mobile enforcement vehicle, which supports multiple traffic enforcement and community safety applications simultaneously and will be used in conjunction with Videalert’s recently installed hosted Digital Video Platform.

The council’s Highway Manager, John Harvey commented on the ease and cost-effectiveness of its deployment, stating that it integrates with the Videalert enforcement systems that are already in existence within the city including extensive bus lane enforcement cameras.

Commenting on the areas in which the mobile enforcement vehicle will be used, Harvey stated, “It will be used strategically across the city to enforce a range of parking contraventions and to enhance community safety”.

Community safety is at the focal point of keep clear zones outside schools, where cars are often unlawfully parked at school drop-off and pick-up times causing danger to children. Responding to complaints made by school staff as well as parents, the mobile enforcement vehicle will be looking for vehicles that contravene the keep clear areas.

The heart of the enforcement technology on the vehicle is made up of three roof-mounted cameras. These include one PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) camera, an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera and a colour image capture device.

The combined images and data from the cameras form the evidence pack, which can be used to make prosecutions, once they’ve been downloaded onto a USB device and reviewed to confirm that offences have taken place.

The download, review and PCN production process has been made as simple as possible by Videalert and can be achieved in three clicks. The packs include 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.

According to Tim Daniels of Videalert, the Digital Video Platform from the company can offer significant benefits in terms of extended enforcement options without additional IT infrastructure investment.

Commenting on the range of enforcement options now available to councils, Daniels added, “With the introduction of this new vehicle, Videalert is now able to provide the full suite of CCTV traffic and parking enforcement systems comprising attended, unattended and mobile using the same intelligent platform.”

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