ANPR cameras to help monitor London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone

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Siemens is developing software that will control and monitor London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), once the scheme goes live in April 2019.

The software will be integrated with existing roadside sensors and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras deployed by Siemens. It will monitor highly polluting vehicles passing through designated areas, and will identify vehicles that do not meet the emission standards.

The zone will aim to reduce exhaust nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions. Paul Cowperthwaite, Transport for London’s general manager for road user charging, said: ‘By April 2019 all vehicles, barring some exemptions, will need to meet exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge when travelling in central London.’

Siemens built the congestion charge system currently in place in London. The system uses multi-lane free-flow tolling technology based on camera and other sensor technology. During this time, more than two billion vehicle detection records have been processed.