Southampton City Council is introducing CCTV enforcement of bus lanes in key areas of the city using Videalert’s DfT Manufacturer Certified hosted solution. The new fixed bus lane cameras will go ‘live’ on 20 June 2016.
According to Paul Walker, Travel & Transport Manager at Southampton City Council: “This project will enable us to reduce the incidence of vehicles misusing bus lanes. Automating the enforcement of these contraventions will improve driver compliance, allow our public transport services to achieve faster, more reliable journey times and improve access to services for vulnerable road users.”
The Videalert solution has been procured through Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) which has a ten-year contract to manage all highway infrastructure assets on behalf of Southampton City Council. “This is our first experience of working with Videalert and we have been impressed with the speed with which the solution can be deployed,” commented Brian Hammersley, Contract Manager at BBLP. “In our role as highways contractor for Southampton, we also liked the ability of the Videalert platform to support other potential CCTV activities that the council may consider using in the future.”
Videalert’s hosted platform is unique as it does not require any hardware or software to be installed on customer premises and allows the rapid introduction of unattended traffic enforcement services. Under this contract, Southampton will deploy cameras and processing units at locations where there are high levels of driver non-compliance. Evidence packs will be automatically retrieved via a cellular 3G/4G connection for access and review by trained council operators prior to sending confirmed offences to the back office processing system for the issuance of PCNs. Videalert is providing Southampton with a dedicated virtual server to guarantee the highest level of security and integrity with cloud storage used for backup.
“This innovative hosted enforcement solution allows councils to respond faster to operational and strategic requests for deployments over both the short and long-term,” added Videalert. “It also provides councils with greater flexibility and future investment protection by simultaneously supporting multiple civil traffic enforcement, traffic management and community safety applications from the same infrastructure.”