FIMA tests a new generation hybrid speed camera

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FIMA and its long-term partner, Jenoptik, tested a new generation hybrid speed camera in Vilnius. This was the first time that this new device had been tested in Europe. 

“This is the very latest hybrid device designed to control a complete set of traffic violations. It operates as a traditional speed meter, while two of these devices can perform average speed control on a section of road. This device also has a number plate recognition feature and can identify red traffic light and bus lane violations,” said Rokas Šlekys, director of the Technology and Innovation Department at FIMA.

The device can also perform other standard speed camera functions: it can control prohibited manoeuvres, verify whether a vehicle has a valid insurance, a valid test certificate, etc. 

According to Mr Šlekys, these devices can be of particular use on dangerous sections of road such as intersections, bus stops, pedestrian crossings, etc. Several devices can be used to carry out average speed control on sections of road. 

The new device is unique because it uses deep learning algorithm, which means it can learn by analysing real-life examples and ensures that altered or damaged number plates are recognised and provide better analysis of traffic flows. It is the first time that this video analysis method has been used in speed metering equipment. The system analyses each vehicle and places it into one of the five classes. Until recently, speed meters were only able to recognise two vehicle classes and the classification was performed by means of a radar sensor rather than video analysis.

“FIMA is constantly looking for new technologies which bring value for public infrastructure. Our goal was to test the latest technology by our partner Jenoptik and the partner is looking for feedback on how its technologies fit with market needs,” said Mr Šlekys.