Environmental Zones

Why Environmental zones

A study published by the United Nations in 2018 predicts the percentage of the population living in urban areas is set to grow from 55% in 2018 up to 68% by 2050. This will amount to some 2.5 billion extra people living in cities worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes poor air quality as the leading cause of premature death globally. If the city you live in does not deploy an environmental zone, it’s likely that you are at greater risk from an invisible killer; air pollution.

A Low Emission Zone (LEZ), sometimes simply referred to as an environmental zone, is a technique used to combat the negative effects of air pollution in densely populated urban areas. Highly polluting vehicles, such as trucks or large vans, are restricted from entering a zone which is automatically enforced using ANPR cameras. If a vehicle does not meet the permissible emission standards of the environmental zone, an image of the violating vehicle is automatically sent to the local authority and a ticket is issued to the owner of the vehicle.

Our Environmental Zone Enforcement system uses ANPR cameras to detect violators entering the restricted area of environmental zones. An environmental zone is an area with a restriction for specific vehicle groups to reduce emissions of pollutants. Our system is fully certified and complies with the high standards required by the judicial authorities. Our system has an incredibly high accuracy and can automatically generate a certified violation report for the authorities, including images for additional evidence.

Fine particulates and other pollutants severely foul the air in urban areas. Traffic is one of the main villains in this, which is why more municipalities are introducing low emission zones; areas where polluting vehicles are not allowed. Speed limits on highways are also being lowered in order to reduce emissions.

A reliable smart system

ARS T&TT has developed several Environmental zone control systems that are fully certified and comply with the high standards required by the judicial authorities. We are also very experienced in the implementation and management of this Enforcement tool. ARS T&TT offers its solution in the form of smart camera systems. Our sensors enable automated enforcement in low emission zones and fixed average speed control.
 
The automatic vehicle recognition enabled by the electronic eyes allows authorities to see immediately whether only ‘clean’ vehicles are entering a zone. Detected cars or trucks will be identified by their number plates. Vehicles can be classified in advance according to the authority’s needs. Possible features include the type of vehicle, type of engine (EuroClass), type of fuel or date of vehicle registration. The ARS T&TT smart camera system has an accuracy of 99.99% and can automatically generate a certified violation report for the authorities, including images for additional evidence.

Multipurpose equipment

Our services are flexible. Depending on requirements, cameras can be installed on existing poles, independent pylons or on gantries above the road. The equipment is multipurpose and can also be used to monitor and measure traffic flow to collect useful data to inform developments in mobility policy. 

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Environmental zones

  • Many times cheaper than physical bollard barriers
  • No risk of vehicles damaging barriers
  • Technology based on identifying and classifying vehicles
  • Distinctive high precision with > 99.99% accuracy
  • Fully automated system
  • Use of multipurpose equipment
  • Prevents abuse of bus traps
  • Better traffic circulation due to the absence of physical barriers
  • Emergency services have access at all times.
  • Automated enforcement and fining
  • Cleaner air where it’s needed most

More cost effective

ARS T&TT provides an operating system that is considerably more cost effective than a bollard system. In addition to the relative low cost of constructing and maintaining your systems, our maintenance concepts offer the following features:

  • Preventing abuse of bus traps
  • Monitoring environmental zones
  • Better traffic circulation due to the absence of physical barriers
  • Emergency services have access at all times
  • Automated enforcement and fining
  • Cleaner streets
  • Device back-office and training enforcement staff
  • Hosting / UMTS and enforcement
  • SLA B
  • Machine insurance