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Romanian Police Take Radar Autovision Systems To Improve Road Safety

TSS (Traffic Safety Systems) : 24 August, 2010  (Application Story)
TSS has supplied in-car surveillance imaging and recording systems with speed measurement capability to the Romanian police to assist them in bringing successful prosecutions in cases of dangerous driving
Romanian Police Take Radar Autovision Systems To Improve Road Safety
Traffic Safety Systems (TSS) has delivered a multi-million pound in-vehicle CCTV order to the Romanian Police for 449 of its state-of-the-art Radar Autovision systems. The deal is the largest single order ever fulfilled by the company for its advanced roads policing equipment. This Romanian contract reflects a strong overall export performance by the Oxfordshire-based business, which has seen sales outside the UK grow by 671% year-on-year, a performance that has also led to it being shortlisted in the International Achievement category of the Security Excellence Awards 2010.

TSS acted as the lead equipment supplier in a consortium that was created specifically to tender for the Romanian work. UTI, a Romanian based company and leader of the local security market, was the main partner in this project and the party responsible for the installation and maintenance of the TSS supplied systems, as well as for training the Romanian Police in their use.

The CCTV-based Radar Autovision systems were all fitted by the UTI team into locally manufactured Dacia and Logan (Renault Romania) Police vehicles. They are to be used primarily by the Romanian Police for roads traffic policing to reduce accidents and make the roads safer. These systems will help the Police to successfully prosecute those engaging in poor driver behaviour such as speeding and dangerous driving.

Said Ron Coleman, Marketing Director at TSS: 'This Romanian contract is certainly a landmark for us and our partners in the winning consortium and follows on from successful equipment trials. As well as being the biggest deal we have ever been involved with, it is likely to rank as one of the largest single orders for this type of technology outside the UK.

We are also extremely pleased that our international sales focus, which now accounts for 70% of our turnover, has been acknowledged with the recent announcement that TSS is a Finalist in the Security Excellence Awards.'

Coleman believes that TSS's previous experience in Romania has paid dividends in terms of securing the lucrative deal: 'The Romanian Police were already well acquainted with the benefits of mobile systems for roads policing - albeit on a much smaller scale - having been operating an earlier generation of tape-based Radar Autovision systems from TSS which we supplied back in 2001.

'Another major driver for the process was the fact that, as a new fully fledged member of the European Union (EU), the Romanian Police were naturally keen to upgrade to digital mobile CCTV technology to bring them into line with forces in other EU countries. A key step for us was putting the Radar Autovision system through the Romanian Metrology Department's homologation procedure which meant that its operation in the country could be officially sanctioned.'

Looking in more detail at the systems being deployed in Romania, Radar Autovision is a compact, vehicle mounted, digital CCTV video system which supports simultaneous recording and playback and features a 30 second pre-record facility to ensure that critical events are not missed. It combines accurate speed measurement (by radar) with the recording of digital CCTV evidence of a target vehicle - through a powerful forward facing colour/infrared camera with 18x optical zoom and ruggedised Digital Video Recorder - and can be used to equal effect in both static and mobile mode.

Significantly, Radar Autovision provides the facility to measure speeds from multiple lanes, of vehicles travelling both towards and away from the Police vehicle and is a very cost effective and efficient alternative to traditional mobile speed cameras.

Commented Pauline Norstrom, Board Director at AD Group the parent company of TSS: 'We are delighted with the decision of the Romanian Police to adopt TSS's technology for their vehicles and believe that the success - and scale - of this ambitious project in Romania underlines the ability of TSS to work with overseas partners, and police forces, to deliver a positive result. There is little doubt that its efforts in this case will help to drive future orders not only in Eastern Europe but also worldwide.'
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