16th Jun 2020

LONDON, 16 JUNE 2020 – Oxfordshire County Council has upgraded its bus lane enforcement system with the installation of a new automated platform from Videalert.  The new system replaces a manually operated network of cameras and has been installed to reduce journey times and improve air quality in and around the City of Oxford.  The move to the new camera system was announced in October 2019 and the go-live date of 15th June was identified to support the increase in cyclists expected as more people are able to move around as the lockdown eases, as well as protect bus journeys for those who need to use public transport.

According to County Councillor Liam Walker, Cabinet member for highway operation and delivery:  “ANPR is more efficient and allows greater flexibility to review potential contraventions after the event.  As we start to see lockdown being freed up we want to see more people switching to sustainable transport – cycling, walking and public transport are all preferable to driving for so many people.  The council is working hard to ensure that Oxfordshire’s transport system is ready to meet the demands of more people starting to get out and about, and the new cameras will play a small part in that.”

The new locations for camera enforcement are Folly Bridge, Abingdon Road and Barton Park.  Existing bus gates already enforced where new cameras have been installed are High Street, George Street, Castle Street and Magdalen Street.  Signs have been in place for many years to warn motorists about the existing bus gates and, for a period, the new sites have additional signage to draw attention to the new enforcement.

Videalert uses the latest ONVIF-compliant HD ANPR cameras that deliver higher quality images to improve capture rates for contraventions.  This is enhanced by combining ANPR and video analytics to identify only the vehicles that are actually committing offences.  The system further allows the use of a whitelist of vehicles that can legitimately use the gates including buses, emergency vehicles and maintenance vehicles.  The high quality images captured with Videalert’s HD cameras will also help to minimise discard-rates and reduce the number of appeals.

Captured evidence packs are transmitted and stored on Videalert’s hosted digital video platform where they can be accessed and reviewed securely over the internet.  Validated evidence packs are sent to the council’s back office system to issue penalty charge notices (PCN).  Videalert’s flexible hosted platform makes it a quick and cost effective process to deploy enforcement as it does not require the installation of any IT at the council’s offices. 

The new system will deliver significantly higher productivity than older cameras with uptime rates of more than 99%.  This is achieved using Videalert’s robust hosted infrastructure and proactive remote monitoring software for early identification of potential faults. 

Tim Daniels, Client Development Director at Videalert added:   “Videalert continues to be focused on delivering innovative traffic enforcement solutions which are proven to provide the highest productivity and the lowest operating costs whilst, at the same time, minimising equipment infrastructure and communication costs at each target enforcement location.”

About Videalert

Videalert is part of Marston Holdings, the UK’s largest transportation and enforcement services group.  It is also one of the UK’s leading suppliers of intelligent traffic management and enforcement solutions.  Videalert is the only company able to provide its own suite of attended, unattended, and Mobile Vehicle CCTV enforcement solutions using the same intelligent digital video software platform.  The platform supports the widest range of traffic management and enforcement applications as well as clean air and low emission zones using the same infrastructure.  This unique, future-proofed solution combines sophisticated video analytics with ANPR and offers a full range of deployment options including wired LAN, Wi-Fi LAN and 4G WAN as well as supporting all analogue and ONVIF compliant digital megapixel cameras.  For further information, please visit www.videalert.com or contact: 

Tim Daniels, Videalert Ltd, Tel: 020 3931 6556, Email: tdaniels@videalert.com

Paul Jennings, PJMC Limited, Tel: 01926 312886, Email: info@pjmc.com

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