NLEX installs new, state-of-the-art HD cameras
After investing PHP 282.5 million for its electronic toll collection and traffic management systems, the NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) Corporation is not done yet, not even close.
The NLEX currently uses Gatsometer BV speed cameras (used in the UK and Australia), portable tripod-mounted LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) cameras, and smart cameras with automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) devices to monitor vehicles along the 85-kilometer stretch of this limited-access highway.
But as with all tech equipment, it needs upgrading and it seems NLEX is in the middle of a mini modernization program. Concerned motorist Dim Valencia sent us this photo of an electrician working on a setup box on a pole where a new camera has just been installed.
If you are wondering what this device is, so are we. A few Google searches returned this information. It seems like the NLEX Corporation has acquired the Smart 2HD from Tattile, a vision-tech company based in Italy that has been working on speed enforcement systems since 1988.
The Smart 2HD is more than an ALPR or automatic number-plate recognition camera. It can cover two lanes at 7.5 meters width maximum and detects vehicles at a speed of up to 250 km/h. The base model has a black-and-white video feed. As good as that sounds, it is the advanced features of the Smart 2HD that make it special. Aside from traffic monitoring and security, it is capable of free-flow toll collection (no more stopping at the toll gate and wishing your RFID is working). It can also read reflective and non-reflective license plates and has an extra sensitive sensor that ensures quality images even in low light conditions.
Optional features of the Smart 2HD include the ability to recognize the vehicle brand, vehicle class, and even the vehicle color and additionally offer HD Streaming for video surveillance. It can also accommodate two different onboard OCRs (optical character recognition), so the real-time license plate identification is performed by two independent software tools inside the system to provide maximum accuracy.
We do not know if these cameras are already fully functional, and you do not want to be the motorist that will find out the hard way, so if I were you, drive safely and within the speed limit.