Thursday July 19, 2012
Speedsters watch out!
By SHAUN HO
KUALA LUMPUR: The Automated Enforcement System (AES) could be catching speeding motorists as soon as next month.
AES contractor Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd chief executive office Iftikhar Mahmud said the Road Transport Department (JPJ) wanted the system to be ready before the Ops Sikap is launched for the Hari Raya festive period in mid-August.
“It will start about the time Ops Sikap is launched,” he told reporters at a demonstration by the project's two contractors on how the AES functions.
The AES will use about 800 fixed and 500 portable cameras to monitor traffic in 831 “black spots” located along highways as well as state and federal roads.
The black spots have been identified by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) as having the highest number of fatal accidents.
About 200 of the fixed cameras will be installed at traffic light junctions, including those in housing areas.
The two portable speed trap cameras demonstrated yesterday were radar based and can detect cars anywhere across a four-lane carriageway.
Beta Tegap's partner is Redflex Traffic Systems from Australia while the other AES contractor is ATES Sdn Bhd, whose partner is Germany-based Jenoptik Robot.
Beta Tegap has been charged with setting up and maintaining the AES for the southern region, while ATES is responsible for the rest of the country, including Sabah and Sarawak.
Jenoptik Robot Malaysia managing director Marc Lamy said the images captured will be verified by JPJ officers while Redflex Traffic Systems Asia manager David Handley said all cameras will record both still images as well as video footage.