Axis network camera mounted inside traffic signal unit

Innovative Modular Traffic light features built-in surveillance system to monitor busy intersection

“The Modular Traffic Light System is a revolutionary concept offering increased safety, decreased expenditure and round-the-clock surveillance.“ Chris Bruyns, Manager, Traffic Signals, Johannesburg Roads Agency (Pty) Ltd.


The Johannesburg Roads Agency (Pty) Ltd has recently kicked off a pilot project to evaluate the inherent safety features and benefits of a ground-breaking addition to the traffic light industry. This light-weight, modular traffic light, designed to collapse on impact, drastically reduces the level of damage to a motor vehicle, thereby increasing the safety of its occupants. The Modular Traffic Light System (MTLS) erected at the busy intersection of Grayston and Sandton Drives, Sandton, Johannesburg, contains an Axis network camera specifically installed for general monitoring and live Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).


The high performance AXIS 223M Network Camera, fitted with an infra-red lamp and filter, was selected to capture images of vehicles travelling through this particular intersection to be utilized for ANPR and provide information regarding traffic volumes and other relevant data. The megapixel, day/night AXIS 223M is mounted securely inside the signal head unit of the sophisticated, modular traffic light.


As part of the JRA’s project to investigate the feasibility of streaming real-time video from cameras mounted in traffic lights, the system provides valuable information for various crime prevention initiatives and analysis purposes. The applications of the data gleaned from this surveillance are proving to be endless. The eradication of hijackings, smash-and-grabs, targeted policing of regular traffic offenders and various other intersection crimes may soon become a welcome reality.

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