Vehicles that are known to have history against them are flagged as "alerts" through a direct connection to the UK wide DVLA and Police National Computer (PNC) data centres where all information is stored. Once an "alert" is received the system sends an immediate screen shot to one of several 50" plasma display screens located within the control room, displaying the vehicle number plate, an overall image of the vehicle and its occupants, together with full details of the alert, listing the nature of the suspected incident or other historical data kept on the vehicle.
From the moment the cameras were connected to the control room, over twelve thousand vehicles were recorded with nearly one hundred "alerts" within the first hour and over one hundred and thirty thousand vehicles within a twenty-four hour period, the numbers speak for themselves.
The cantilever arms have been designed to swing through ninety degrees of rotation, allowing maintenance work to be carried out whilst working alongside the footpath, as opposed to closing off very busy lanes of traffic, minimising any Health & Safety risks and without gridlocking the City Centre.
The cantilever arms were designed to allow dual ANPR cameras to be projected directly above each lane and provide accurate reading of vehicles as they pass underneath.
Mark Darlaston, Managing Director of EDS, takes up the story:
"The project lead time was extremely tight given only twelve weeks from approval of the specialist cantilever arms to hand over date, the project was a complete turnkey installation with EDS managing the entire project providing for civil engineering works, traffic management, installation of the fibre networks, together with a dedicated power supply to each location".
"The installation went extremely smoothly, within budget and delivered on-time, everything worked out exactly as planned with every detail being checked and double checked, we could not afford to get anything wrong, given the very high profile nature of the project and the environment we were working within. I am extremely proud of what we have achieved in a very short amount of time".