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Highways England adopts solar CCTV

9 May 19 Innovative mobile closed circuit television (CCTV) systems that are solar powered have been introduced to the motorways of the West Midlands by Highways England.

Solar CCTV systems are being mobilised across the Midlands
Solar CCTV systems are being mobilised across the Midlands

The cameras offer visibility at sites where a permanent camera is not necessary, such as during roadworks.

Designed and built by Kent-based Sunstone Systems specifically for Highways England, the Solar IP CCTV System (SICS) can be moved around different locations to provide surveillance of traffic flows to the control room.

One of the systems is in use at junction 6 of the M42, near Birmingham Airport, in a bid to help ease congestion and delays. Information provided by this camera is shared with third-party traffic advice services (such as AA Roadwatch etc) to help road users plan their journeys accordingly.

Martin Bolt, who heads innovation projects for Highways England, said: “These projects demonstrate how emerging technologies, new materials, and ways of working can help improve safety and journeys on our network.”

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