High-tech traffic monitoring system operational soon

13 November 2021 | Local News

A video clip depicting one of the Arandis Emergency Response and Traffic Management Centre (AERTMC) monitoring stations mounted on a pole next to the B2, is keeping tongues wagging. On a clip circulating on social media, a truck approaches and a sedan passes the pole. A flashing message on an LED screen then informs the sedan driver to reduce speed.

An Arandis council official confirmed that the system is being tested and that a team of technicians is busy with the required configurations. He said that an invitation has been extended to the media to visit the Arandis Emergency Centre on 18 November to experience the workings of the high-tech system first-hand. The pilot project will be officially launched on 3 December.

The Roads Authority’s manager of corporate communication, Hileni Fillemon, previously explained that several poles have been erected next to the road near Arandis as part of an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Pilot Project. The project by the National Road Safety Council aims to improve road safety in that area. Fillemon said that the project is a collaboration initiated by the National Road Safety Council and the Arandis Emergency Response and Traffic Management Centre (AERTMC).

The objective is to monitor this particular area. Should there be an accident in the area, it will be attended to within moments. According to Fillemon, the area was identified as an accident hotspot.
The poles are positioned at intervals of 2km over an 18km stretch, and the ITS equipment installed includes Monitoring and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) with speed measuring capability cameras, a weather station and solar panels. Variable Message Signs (VMS) (Large 3-Line VMSs and Small Speed VMSs) are also part of the equipment installed on the poles. “These provide real-time information that is interpreted from data gathered from the ITS functions/components,” Fillemon explained.

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