Smart Road: Axis for the mobility of the future

Axis cameras, which ensure high-quality video and which are resistant to temperature variations, are an integral part of the SITE Smart Poles alongside the SS51 “Alemagna” a-road, the first smart road in Europe

“For us at Anas, the Smart Road implies first of all reliability and to ensure it, also for the future expansion of the project, we relied on experienced partners, such as Axis and SITE, that, through Iot solutions and state-of-the-art cameras able to provide real time information, allow us to ensure safety, comfortable journeys and an uninterrupted connection on our roads.” Luigi Carrarini, Head of Technology Infrastructures and systems Anas.


The Smart Road initiative, a complex digitalization project of the Italian A-roads and motorways, promoted by Anas, gets underway, thanks to the support of companies, leader in their sectors of activity, such as Axis Communications and SITE, and their cutting-edge and innovative technological solutions.


On the occasion of the Alpine World Ski Championship 2021 in Cortina, the SS51 "Alemagna" was converted into the first smart road in Europe as a result of the placement of around 350 Smart Poles alongside the 88 km of this A-road. These multifunctional smart poles, engineered by SITE adapting the technologies to the actual dimension of the pole, are equipped with led lights and cameras with in-camera analytics supplied by Axis. These last are highly resistant to temperature variations and to thermal shocks and can ensure high quality videos 365 days a year, 24/7. Axis suggested two solutions: an HD camera, which allows traffic monitoring in all conditions, and an analysis system which, through one of the Group’s partners, promptly records metadata, as well as incidents and anomalies, and notifies the control center about them. The AlmavivA platform, powered by the technologies implemented by SITE, allows communication with vehicles.


Thanks to the Smart Road initiative, traffic can be controlled, monitored and managed and road incidents can be proactively anticipated at any time. When a Smart Pole detects something unexpected (such as objects on the road), Axis cameras allow operators to immediately check the images, helping them to contextualize what happened and intervene promptly with suitable decisions.

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