Highway surveillance systems can work.
Many South Africans, especially those in the Gauteng province, would have noticed a vast network of video camera implementations along our major highways. These cameras were implemented in an effort to understand and correct traffic problems, as well as have a more immediate response to accidents and serious collisions on the motorways.
Something else that the South African public may have noticed is that the system does not work at all. When driving along a major highway such as the M1 in Johannesburg, you can see every single camera either facing a direction nowhere near a highway, or facing straight up in the air or straight down into the ground. The people behind the video system have blamed the wireless transmission systems for the faults, so perhaps they should take a few notes from Chile’s government.
Chile’s A-16 highway
In an ongoing effort to monitor traffic flow and enable immediate detection and response to road incidents, Chile’s Department of Public Works installed megapixel video cameras along the A-16 highway. The Department of Public Works chose RADWIN’s wireless broadband solutions to transmit video from the cameras back to its traffic control centres and to connect the local traffic control centre in Cerro Tarapaca to the central one in Iquique. The high bandwidth and low latency of RADWIN’s equipment ensures high-quality video transmission and enables licence-plate recognition.
With RADWIN’s equipment in place, personnel stationed in the traffic control centres can monitor the A-16 highway in real-time 24x7 and take immediate action when required.
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