Traffic counting device, what use?
The term radar is often reminiscent of a speed trap that verbalizes for speeding. However, a traffic counting device is completely different. Indeed, it aims at analyzing road traffic to determine the degree of use of the road in question. The counting radar works equally well on county and national roads as in urban areas. In fact, it is very common for heavy goods vehicles to leave the highways to avoid tolls. Thanks to the traffic counting device, it is possible to determine the number of trucks using secondary roads.
How does it work?
The TMS-SA traffic counting device designed by Icoms Detections is very easy to use. Indeed, once installed on a pole, you just need to set it up using the Bluetooth wireless communication. All that remains is to analyze the results.
What are the strengths of the traffic counting device?
Small and very easy to move, it is also very easy to set up. In addition, it does not require road traffic to be stopped when setting it up, thus avoiding creating traffic jams. Finally, the installer does not intervene on the road, which leaves him safe.
As for the data, you will get the individual measurements including speed, length and direction of travel. The data is also time stamped to the hundredth of a second. The software that comes with it is free of charge and provides the key information allowing a better understanding of the traffic, such as the average speed, the V85 speed, the percentage of speeding, the proportion of heavy goods vehicles etc. This information can be exported in an Excel file featuring various graphs and charts.
Why should a traffic counting device be installed
The TMS-SA allows not only to quantify the number of vehicles using a particular road, but it also allows to measure their speed. Thanks to a radar sensor, the box makes it possible to detect whether or not motorists are frequently speeding. This makes it possible to take into account the behaviour of motorists and to adapt the signage. Therefore, if you have a lot of speeding offences, you can decide to install a speed camera or even speed bumps.
You can also perform a traffic analysis to support facts reported by local residents. Indeed, some people may complain about noise pollution if their home is close to busy roads. You can then confirm these complaints and remedy them by proposing new urban developments. In this way, you will get rid of possible road black spots on the outskirts of urban areas.
Is this solution effective in the long run
Usually, when you want to carry out a traffic analysis in a municipality or on a regional or national road, it is performed on a short term basis. Furthermore, the TMS-SA designed by Icoms Detections is equipped with a rechargeable battery giving it three weeks of autonomy. In general, this period is sufficient to analyse the traffic as desired. However, if you need to do a longer term analysis, it is possible and just as effective. You can then decide to recharge the battery and put it back in place or opt for a solar power supply.
This last option allows you not to worry about the autonomy of the traffic counting device. Once set up, all you have to do is analyse the data received and then remove it or move it to another road when the information collection is complete.
Icoms Detections also manufactures other products for road traffic management such as speed displays, bicycle counters and sensors for traffic light management, to name a few examples.