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Strong ITS presence expected at highways trade show

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A number of intelligent transport systems firms are set to launch new products and services at April’s Traffex show in Birmingham, where highways professionals will gather to hear about latest industry developments.

Over 350 exhibitors are expected to showcase their innovations at the event which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre from 4 to 6 April

ITS (UK) member 3M has announced it will launch a new automatic number plate recognition camera – the TS-500 – at the show which it claims will transform the investigatory powers of police forces worldwide. Opportunities to see live demonstrations of this will be available at stand D50.

General sales and marketing manager Simon Copeman commented: “Traffex looks set to be particularly exciting for 3M this year, and we can’t wait to welcome visitors to our stand.

“We know visitors want to see first hand how our products work, which is why we are delighted to be offering technical demonstrations across the three days.”

Meanwhile Truvelo – also an ITS (UK) member – is set to launch its latest ‘VIA Cam’ industrial spot speed radar camera at the show, featuring simultaneous bi-direction image capture from a single camera.

The company will also launch the second generation of its ‘TRIMMS Gx’ infrared illumination system for night time mobile speed enforcement at the event. Attendees can discuss both products on stand F31.

Commenting on Traffex, ITS (UK) member and exhibiting company AGD’s commercial director Ian Hind said: “Traffex is a key Intelligent Transport Systems show which gives traffic management bodies the chance to meet with other thought leaders in the ITS community.

“It provides a forum to discuss and theorise on tomorrow’s strategies, so that they can develop the technologies and product solutions to support them.”

As well as the exhibition hall Traffex features a programme of conference and seminar sessions including two hosted by ITS (UK) in a new for 2017 Highways & Transport theatre.

The first on 5 April will bring connected and automated vehicle experts together with highways authorities to discuss what network operators stand to gain and lose from the arrival of CAVs on their roads and streets.

Then on the following day ITS (UK) and the IET will talk about the recently launched second edition of the Local Authority Guide to Emerging Transport Technology.

Meanwhile ITS (UK) President Steven Norris will deliver a presentation on the topic ‘funding our roads of the future’ in the Traffex Theatre on 4 April alongside Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation chief executive Sue Percy.