Vitronic has won an order with the Royal Oman Police for its red-light and speed enforcement systems, which are intended to considerably reduce the high number of traffic accidents in the Sultanate, with the Omani government hoping to make its roads as safe as those in Northern Europe. As the first step towards this goal, the company’s subsidiary in the region, Vitronic Machine Vision Middle East LLC, and its local partner, IMTAC (Industrial Management Technology and Contracting) LLC, have signed contracts for the delivery of 200 stationary PoliScan Speed systems for speed enforcement and 36 PoliScan Redlight systems for red light enforcement. The first devices were shipped and commissioned immediately after the contract was signed, with a further 100 units in transit and the remaining systems currently being manufactured in Germany.
The PoliScan devices were chosen after an extensive comparative testing program was conducted the in the Omani province of Muscat. The units were selected due to their excellent test results and the flexibility of their deployment when compared with those of conventional devices. The PoliScan systems use a LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) measurement system, which records the speed and position of all vehicles within the enforcement area. By avoiding induction loops and piezo sensors in the road, the system can concurrently detect multiple incidents on several lanes, and is even able to detect vehicles which are tailgating or changing lanes.
To ensure the unit’s continued reliability and accuracy, the company has set up a local calibration facility in Muscat. The new contract in Oman will allow the company and its subsidiary in Dubai to further extend its presence in the Middle East. Youssef El Hansali, CEO of Vitronic Machine Vision Middle East, noted, “We are now using PoliScan in six large regions on the Arabian Peninsula. Along with Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha, our systems are now deployed in the Muscat region as well. Our efforts are making an impact; the number of people killed in traffic accidents in these regions has fallen considerably over the last few years. This is in no small part thanks to our systems.”
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