ATS debuts enforcement technology for overweight trucks

By D.Ann Shiffler19 November 2008

American Traffic Solutions' (ATS') introduced its newest photo enforcement technology at the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems event in New York City, US, 16-20 November 2008. The ATS technology is designed to help cities solve the problems associated with overweight and overheight trucks.

According to ATS, the New York City Department of Transportation recently completed a pilot programme testing ATS' new technology that uses photo enforcement to detect and potentially cite trucks that violate height and weight rules. Participants at the World Congress saw a demonstration of the technology during a bus tour in which results were broadcast in real time into the bus and also into ATS' booth at the event.

ATS' Axsis WIM-300 (Weight-in-Motion) system uses a combination of quartz weight-sensitive sensors embedded in the road and a roadside system that automatically monitors and isolates heavy vehicles. The sensors read a vehicle's weight and detect if it is overweight. Similarly, the Axsis Overheight photo enforcement system uses a laser to measure the vehicle's height and detect violations. Images and video clips of the offending vehicles are captured similar to red light and speed camera images. Images and data are transmitted to an ATS Data Center for enforcement. The photographic evidence is reviewed by the local police agency before citations are mailed to violators.

ATS offers technology and business solutions for traffic safety and electronic toll collection programmes worldwide.

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