Optimising Automated Traffic Enforcement Efficiency

In this article:

  1. The Client
  2. The Demands of The Application
  3. The Solution

The Client

In today’s modern era, ensuring road safety hinges significantly on advanced technological solutions, including cutting-edge traffic management systems, intelligent traffic signals, and automated traffic enforcement systems. These innovations play a pivotal role in enhancing both the safety and efficiency of driving experiences. Among them, automated traffic enforcement systems emerge as critical tools in monitoring and curbing traffic violations, thereby mitigating hazardous driving behaviours. They have become integral components of many countries’ strategies to bolster traffic safety.

According to the World Health Organization’s 2022 statistics, road accidents resulted in over 1.3 million fatalities and approximately 50 million injuries worldwide. The adoption of automated traffic enforcement systems has demonstrated a notable reduction in both fatalities and injuries stemming from traffic incidents. Moreover, these systems offer the added advantage of relieving the burden on law enforcement agencies, leading to safer roadways and more streamlined operations. By optimising traffic enforcement through technology, we pave the way for safer roads and more efficient traffic management practices.

The transportation department of a cross-continental country, required a seamless integration of an industrial computer into their traffic enforcement infrastructure. It was to leverage real-time road captures, to facilitate swift detection of violations and issuance of tickets.

The Demands of The Application

In modern traffic enforcement systems, efficient surveillance of violations like running red lights, speeding, and incorrect lane usage is crucial. These systems rely on specific functionalities such as photography, video recording, and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR). At the heart of these operations lies an edge computer, tasked not only with receiving real-time images from IP cameras but also conducting on-the-edge analysis. Thus, it necessitated high performance and GPU computing capabilities.

For seamless integration into the traffic ecosystem, this edge computer required high-speed LAN ports and Power over Ethernet (PoE) to connect to sensors and IP cameras positioned along the roads. These features would enable the reception of real-time captured image data, facilitating swift analysis and response. Subsequently, the processed data was to be transmitted to the traffic control centre for remote surveillance and management.

To withstand the rigours of outdoor installation, the systems were required to exhibit robustness and durability with positioned along roads, meaning they are also exposed to extreme temperatures and harsh weather conditions, including lightning. Therefore, ensuring continuous 24/7 operation in such environments was imperative for maintaining traffic safety standards.

By leveraging high-performance industrial computers equipped with robust connectivity and durability, traffic enforcement systems can effectively monitor and manage road safety, contributing to smoother traffic flow and reduced accidents on the roads.

The Solution

The Cincoze DS-1300, is a cutting-edge fanless embedded computer designed to elevate the capabilities of traffic enforcement systems. Equipped with workstation-grade 10th generation Intel Xeon or Core™ i9/i7/i5/i3 CPUs boasting up to 10 cores and 80W CPU power, alongside a maximum 64 GB DDR4 memory capacity, it excels in handling extensive image processing tasks vital for traffic surveillance.

Modular Expansion for Enhanced Connectivity

The DS-1300 offers versatility with 2x 1GbE LAN, 6x USB 3.2 ports, and other high-speed I/O options. Cincoze’s innovative CMI and CFM modules enable seamless integration of 2x 10GbE LAN ports and Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality, ensuring rapid data transmission from IP cameras. Moreover, featuring 2x SIM card slots and 3 full-size Mini-PCIe slots, it caters to diverse communication and transmission needs, facilitating the efficient transfer of analysed image data to control centres or the cloud.

Comprehensive Storage Solutions

Meeting the storage demands of traffic enforcement systems, the DS-1300 includes built-in 2.5-inch SATA HDD/SSD slots and a hot-swappable front maintenance area for emergency data access. Additionally, it houses an M.2 Key M Type 2280 slot supporting PCIe x4 NVMe SSD or SATA SSD, with RAID 0/1/5/10 backup functionality for data security. With its comprehensive storage support, DS-1300 ensures both rapid storage and convenient data retrieval.

Robust Reliability for Outdoor Operation

Engineered to endure harsh outdoor environments, the DS-1300 features wide temperature (-40~70°C), wide voltage (9-48V), and robust protections against overvoltage, overcurrent, and ESD. It complies with the US military shock & vibration standard MIL-STD-810G, guaranteeing stable operation amidst extreme conditions, including temperature fluctuations, lightning, and road vibrations.

The DS-1300 has since been superseded by the DS-1400, with Next-Level Performance and Safety Standards For enhanced performance.  Supporting 12th gen Intel Core i9/i7/i5/i3 (Alder Lake-S) processors, the DS-1400 delivers over 1.35x the speed of previous platforms. With DDR5 64GB memory support and ECC technology, the DS-1400 ensures optimal performance and data integrity. Furthermore, it adheres to international safety standards, holding UL 62368-1 certification, ensuring unmatched safety and reliability for industrial-grade applications.