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Siemens has proven to be an expert integrator in all forms of traffic technology, from ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) to DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communications) to GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and is the ideal high performance partner for the road ahead.
Siemens is contracted by Transport for London (TfL) to provide a system for Congestion Charging in London on a Design, Build and Operate basis. The enforcement infrastructure extends throughout the Central London area and includes a maintenance and operations commitment until 2016. Siemens operates and maintains the system, which has involved the installation and commissioning of over 1300 ANPR cameras at more than 300 sites located in fixed strategic locations throughout Central London. During charging hours the instation applications and roadside equipment have to achieve or exceed very high availability and detection service level agreements.
The cameras are capable of capturing image and vehicle data details of more than one million number plates every day. The revolutionary Siemens solution processes the vehicle number plate information on the roadside, minimising the communications bandwidth required and the cost of the communications infrastructure, allowing greater flexibility of data centre location and easier future integration with other technologies.
The London project included the development and delivery of central IT Instation which is capable of processing up to six million Evidential Records per day. The Siemens system meets strict UK and Home Office requirements for data integrity and security and a complete Disaster Recovery site has also been provided. A Service Management Centre has been set up in order to perform the IT operations.