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Portsmouth pioneers new Videalert solution

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Videalert has won what it calls a ground-breaking contract with Portsmouth City Council to deploy its new DfT Manufacturer-Certified hosted solution to monitor bus lanes in the city.

The company says it is the UK’s first hosted civil enforcement platform that does not require any hardware or software to be installed on customer premises, and will enable the council to rapidly introduce unattended enforcement at a number of bus lane locations in the city to reduce what is seen as a high incidence of contraventions currently committed by motorists and enable the provision of an even better public transport service.

According to Michael Robinson, Parking Services Manager at Portsmouth City Council:  “We liked the fact that Videalert’s hosted enforcement solution is so easy to install because it does not require the procurement and deployment of any equipment within our IT infrastructure or software on local PCs for evidence pack review.  This is the first phase of a long-term programme to deploy enforcement across the city to reduce congestion and speed up public transport.”

As part of the contract the council will be acquiring cameras and RDS units which will be installed on lamp posts to provide video processing at the network edge.  Using Videalert’s unique intelligent software platform, offences are automatically captured and a dedicated hosted server within Videalert’s Virtual Server Farm retrieves evidence packs from the RDS units via a cellular 3G/4G connection.  This allows trained council operators to access and review the evidence packs using standard web browsers.

Confirmed offences are transmitted to the council’s Xerox SI-Dem back office processing system for the issuance of PCNs.   Videalert is providing Portsmouth 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 enhances the ability of councils to respond rapidly to operational and strategic requests for deployments over both the short and long-term,” added Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert.  “It also provides councils with the flexibility and future investment protection (as and when legislated) to enforce the full range of moving traffic offences including banned turns, yellow box junctions, weioght restrictions and keep clears outside schools, without needing to undertake a major IT infrastructure project.”


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