ITE Journal April 2018 - 25
Hexagon Announces Next Generation Leica
Rugby Lasers: The First Upgradable Lasers
Hexagon, a leading global provider of information technology
solutions, has launched the Leica Rugby CLH and Leica Rugby CLA
lasers. This next generation of lasers offer the unique capability to
adapt to user application needs through software upgrades-an
With a focus on application flexibility, simplicity and durability,
the new Leica Rugby lasers increase productivity and allow for maximum performance as construction projects evolve. These new lasers
provide users access to upgrades that extend functionality and adapt
to application needs. This ensures users have the right laser for any
levelling, aligning and squaring tasks on site-assuring maximum
flexibility and eliminating additional hardware investments should
the job requirements change.
The simplicity of the design and interface allow for effortless
use of the capabilities of the laser system. The one-button laser is
operated by a receiver-remote combo with intuitive operation that
simplifies laser applications, saving up to 30 percent of time. The
new laser system is built to perform in the harshest conditions due
to the exceptionally rugged design and the highest IP code in the
industry-IP 68 seal.
To learn more, visit leica-geosystems.com.
ITS Plus Launches New "Lightning Series" of Vehicle
ITS Plus Lightning is a combination of new features designed to
exceed the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Performance
Measurement recommendations for vehicle detection by utilizing
three detectors per lane. ITS Plus has developed a 96 output SDLC
module (with a 128 output SDLC card being released later this year).
When coupled with our Dual Algorithm Technology (Line Zones for
stop bar and Circle Zones for advanced detection/counts) one has
the performance of a radar system with the ease of installation of
video. However this is only one piece of the performance puzzle.
Radar is great at advanced detection and vehicle counts, but wind
can cause false detection (moving signs/trees). Thermal cameras are
great at eliminating bright lights that affects camera performance,
but hot and cold temperatures can cause errors. Video is great at
ease of installation, low price and bringing video back to a TMC, but
often struggles at sunrise and sunset due to glare and shadows.
The new ITS Plus Lightning Series with Circle Zone and Optical
Mask Technology provides the best features of radar, video, and
thermal while eliminating the common causes of error-all for
under $9,000/intersection. Typical performance is zero missed vehicles and 99 percent accuracy over a 24-hour period.
Optical Mask Technology is a new performance feature that
provides thermal camera capabilities without the drawbacks. As
most agencies know, video detection systems work well at night
and during the day. However in the early morning or late afternoon
sunrise/sunset, shadow and glare conditions can play havoc with
vehicle detection performance. Thermal cameras have been used
with some success, however temperature extremes can cause detection issues. In addition, thermal cameras also eliminate pavement
markings used for detection set up, and they are not a very cost
To solve these and other problems ITS Plus has developed our
multi-patented Optical Mask Technology, optimized for our vehicle
detection algorithms. It addresses high intensity light in the field of
view generated by vehicle headlights, glare from the sun, and other
high candela light sources shining either directly, or reflecting off of
wet or icy streets. Similar to a thermal camera, one can even point
our cameras with Optical Mask Technology directly at a sunrise and
sunset without affecting vehicle detection performance. However,
pavement markings are still visible and there are no performance
issues due to extremes in temperature.
With Optical Mack Technology, sunrise and sunset are blocked
for east/west facing cameras along with vehicle headlights. This
allows the camera iris to be more open which provides additional
contrast. A more open iris will minimize missing a dark vehicle on a
dark asphalt road or in a shadow. You will also notice "edges" being
generated on the bus and other vehicle surfaces due to the morning
glare being reflected. These high contrast edges further enhance
vehicle detection even under the most difficult lighting conditions.
High contrast edges with a more open camera iris means vehicle
detection is much stronger; hence less likely to miss a vehicle. This
allows card detection settings be adjusted to minimize shadow tripping while simultaneously reducing missed vehicles.
Optical Mask Technology allows for a wider range of acceptable
detection settings. The end result is a vehicle detection system that,
to use an aircraft parlance term, "has a larger flight envelope." This
means achieving high performance coupled with simplicity of installation at a sub $9,000 price has never been easier.
The new Lightning Series also incorporates a 10x improvement
in camera surge protection, a BNC less video connector option that
takes 15 seconds to connect, analog and HD 1080p digital outputs
incorporated into a single camera (forwards and backwards compatible with our current analog VIVDS cards and our new all-digital
card), complimentary VPN support, and the ability to generate and
store up to two weeks of red light running data.
To learn more about the performance, price, ease of installation,
low/no maintenance, and data generation capabilities of the new
Lightning Series from ITS Plus, visit www.ITSPlus3.com. itej
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