Siemens Mobility Limited wins Leeds Clean Air Zone contract

Posted by Barry Pearson on April 4, 2019  |   Comments Off on Siemens Mobility Limited wins Leeds Clean Air Zone contract

•          Sicore II cameras are to be installed at over 100 junctions across the city

•           Proven technology provides industry-leading image quality and number plate read accuracy

Leeds City Council has awarded a contract to Siemens Mobility Limited to design, supply, install, operate and maintain a clean air zone (CAZ) monitoring and enforcement solution.

The new CAZ has been developed to reduce air pollution in the city, by encouraging businesses to transition to cleaner, lower emission vehicles. At the heart of the zone will be the company’s proven Sicore II automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras, with cameras to be installed at more than 100 road junctions across the city. Two additional cameras will be attached to vehicles for mobile enforcement.

Cllr. James Lewis, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Resources and Sustainability, said: “Having received government approval for the clean air charging zone last month the council is working hard to ensure the successful and timely introduction of the scheme.

“Being able to identify and charge non-compliant vehicles driving within the zone’s boundary is essential to encouraging businesses to switch to less-polluting vehicles. We are pleased to be working with the industry experts, Siemens Mobility Limited, to deliver on this very important aspect of the clean air zone,” Lewis continued.

Siemens Mobility’s ANPR cameras will identify and register every vehicle that enters the charging zone – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information will then interface with the UK government’s new national clean air zone database for vehicle checking and payment.

All monies raised through penalty charges will only be used to cover the costs of operating the zone itself, to support owners of affected vehicles, and for other schemes to improve air quality.

Commenting on the contract award, Wilke Reints, Managing Director of Siemens Mobility’s Intelligent Traffic Systems in the UK, said: “Having worked with the team in Leeds on a number of earlier projects, we are delighted to be working with the council on this programme. It also builds on the work that we have already undertaken to deliver Transport for London’s Congestion Charging and Ultra Low Emission Zones. With digitalisation, we enable mobility operators worldwide to make infrastructure intelligent, which is clearly demonstrated with this new contract award.”

Reints continued: “We have extensive experience in the implementation of clean air zones and a range of robust solutions for their management and enforcement. The ANPR cameras will not only monitor the clean air zone, but could potentially also provide the highways team with a wealth of data both to help inform policy and to aid tactical traffic management decisions and improve the road user’s experience. Once the air quality targets have been met, our multi-purpose Sicore cameras may be redeployed elsewhere, increasing value sustainably over the entire lifecycle.”

Sicore is proven in applications worldwide, with the ability to provide three-lane coverage with just a single camera, industry-leading image quality and number plate read accuracy. The system provides effective and robust enforcement, with its advanced technology and ease of installation making it cost-effective for residential, city, rural and motorway environments.

For the CAZ system in Leeds, charging only applies to the worst polluting heavy goods vehicles, coaches, buses, taxis and private hire vehicles – private cars, vans and motorcycles will not be charged”.

Advanced ITS solutions from Siemens Mobility Limited at Traffex

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•          A wide range of intelligent infrastructure will be on display – showcasing safe, clean and efficient transport solutions

•           Visitors will see how digitalisation is helping deliver an enhanced experience for road users

As the world-leader in traffic management technology, Siemens Mobility Limited will be exhibiting a broad range of integrated solutions on stand D010 at Traffex 2019, showcasing systems that help deliver safe, clean and efficient transport networks.

With digitalisation solutions, Siemens Mobility enables mobility operators worldwide to make their infrastructure and networks intelligent and, ultimately, to deliver an enhanced experience for road users and city dwellers. The company will be exhibiting a comprehensive portfolio of its digital product and services at Traffex, as well as unveiling new developments.

Wilke Reints, Managing Director Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) for Siemens Mobility Limited, said: “In an increasingly data-driven and digitalised world, our expertise in design, manufacture, installation, maintenance and operations provides us with a unique perspective on ‘connected thinking’, enabling us to develop innovative solutions that are helping to shape the future of mobility.

“At Traffex, we will be demonstrating how we are helping to define, develop and deliver the most appropriate solutions to meet the needs of transport managers and operators, providing real benefits to our customers, the travelling public and wider society,” he added.

The company will be displaying a number of its proven products and solutions, including its SafeZone II average speed enforcement system, which has now been granted Home Office Type-Approval; Sicore II and LaneWatch ANPR cameras and the latest Clean Air Zone deployments.

Also on display will be the recently-launched high voltage and contactless payment electric vehicle charging units. Siemens Mobility will also feature its Plus+ solution, alongside UTC-UX, the company’s latest Urban Traffic Control (UTC) release that is proving popular with customers both in the UK and overseas, the proven Stratos traffic management system and the latest version of InView, which showcases a wide range of new, intuitive features.

Wilke Reints continued: “Siemens Mobility’s ITS experts will also be giving a number of insightful presentations at Traffex and will be on hand to help customers with ideas and solutions to address their varied challenges. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to stand where they will be able to examine and try many of our systems. There will even be a driving simulation game to enable visitors to experience the benefits of connected mobility – with a prize for the best performing driver each day!”

Smart Commitment to Responsible Sourcing Recognised

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Smart Architectural Aluminium has been awarded a continuation of its BES 6001 V3.1 certification, the Standard for Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products. As a result of the recent audit, the company’s certification has moved up from a ‘Good’ classification to ‘Very Good’, representing the highest rating for any UK systems company.

Commenting on the award, Smart’s Managing Director, Eddie Robinson, said: “With public authorities, specifiers and architects all increasingly focusing on sustainable development, we believe the achievement of this standard is an important demonstration of our commitment to responsible sourcing and sustainable construction.

“Following the development and implementation of a detailed responsible sourcing policy, we were pleased to be awarded BES 6001 certification back in 2017 and are now delighted to see our ongoing work in this area has been recognised through the award of a higher rating.

BES 6001 was established by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), to enable manufacturers to ensure, and then prove, that their products are made with responsibly-sourced constituent materials. The standard provides an approach based on governance, supply chain and community interaction, with a focus on environmental performance improvements.

Eddie Robinson continued: “In achieving the BRE’s standard, we recognise that how and from whom we buy our raw materials has a significant impact on the broader environment. By purchasing from reputable suppliers who adopt responsible practices, we hope to stimulate demand for socially- and environmentally-preferable products”.

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Wohr launches UK’s first BIM models for parking systems

Wohr Parking Systems, the UK’s leading supplier of mechanical and automatic parking solutions, has developed a set of BIM models for its high-quality parking systems, enabling architects and planners to insert full details into 3D building models. 

The first such models to be available in the UK, each of the BIM drawings comes complete with parameters which can display all possible configurations, is fully scalable without the need to enter any additional data and contains a useful vehicle profile for performing collision checks. Planners can also easily view the parking system’s technical data in the BIM model.

Commenting on the launch of this invaluable design tool, Andrew Smith, Wohr’s Managing Director, said: “We have worked closely with customers to develop BIM models that will add real value to their design work. The first release covers our most popular models, with further releases planned over the coming months for more of our systems. The 3D BIM models, as well as a complete set of 2D drawings, are all now available for download from our web site.”

Centre Stage at Futurebuild for Smart Designer Doors

Posted by Barry Pearson on March 20, 2019  |   Comments Off on Centre Stage at Futurebuild for Smart Designer Doors

Smart Architectural Aluminium showcased a wide range of products and systems at this year’s Futurebuild exhibition. At the heart of the company’s stand was its high-quality, high-performance Designer Door range, as well as a series of innovative displays featuring its Alitherm Heritage, Visotherm and MC 600 ranges.

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