Direction Interdépartementale des Routes (DIR) first began deploying SmartSensor HD two years ago, and is in the process of replacing outdated metering stations with the non-intrusive, true high definition radar provided by HD.

August 11, 2015

BIARRITZ, FRANCE—An important road network management company in France is expanding its use of SmartSensor HD. Direction Interdépartementale des Routes (DIR) first began deploying SmartSensor HD two years ago, and is in the process of replacing outdated metering stations with the non-intrusive, true high definition radar provided by HD.

DIR is a road operations and engineering firm that manages roads under agreement with the French government. The company’s mission is to design, build, operate and maintain road networks that move vehicles and freight as efficiently as possible. Divided into 11 regions, DIR aims to promote economic growth with special focus on safety benefits for all road network users.

In 2012, DIR began to move away from intrusive detection with the publication of a report titled “Overview on Road Traffic Data Collection Systems.” This study highlighted new traffic detection technologies particularly suited to real-time traffic management and traveler information systems. As a result of this report, French specifications and functional requirements were adapted to include non-intrusive devices like SmartSensor HD.

DIR East was the first region to take advantage of these new specifications, deploying 12 SmartSensor HD radar detection stations on a stretch of Highway A36 near Mulhouse in 2013. In 2014, the DIR Massif Central region followed suit by deploying two SmartSensor HD stations, one on the A75 in the Puy-de-Dôme Département; and a second on a four-lane stretch of the N88 in the Haute Loire Département.

“Once the tilt-up tower is installed, the maintainability of the SmartSensor HD is unrivaled,” says Benoît Baufreton, north district maintenance manager for DIR Massif Central. “Its ease of installation and configuration are qualities that are very much appreciated by our departments.”

Baufreton adds that HD’s compatibility with the LABOCOM MIVISU software has allowed for the immediate integration and use of the data supplied by the two HD stations. As a result of the success of those deployments, DIR Massif Central plans to deploy additional SmartSensor HD stations through the end of 2015, in order to gradually replace a fleet of SIREDO metering stations that have become partially obsolete.

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