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Speeding on roads? Beware—Avtodoria comes to watch and report

3 Sep '15
Avtodoria, a Tatarstan-based IT company, has been on the Russian roads for quite awhile, reining in speedy drivers with its patented Avtodoria hardware and software complex. In this B2G solution designed for use across Russia’s regions, satellite capabilities help locate a vehicle, and a special add-in determines the speed of the car and compares it with a maximum allowed for this section of the road. Perpetrators are automatically reported and fined. This past August the company began applying its speed monitoring method to curvy sections of the roads as well; its home region of Tatarstan and some other Russian regions are a ‘test bench’ to pilot the method. The system used to be only tested on straight roads. Avtodoria aims at a broader goal of developing an intelligent transportation monitoring system capable of forecasting typical traffic per road and enabling authorities to control and improve transportation flow patterns on Russian roads.

As more and more vehicles, especially private passenger cars, hit the Russian road every day, and we hear of an increasing number of traffic accidents set off by inexperienced and/or speedy drivers or tied to overloads of specific road sections, obvious deficiencies in domestic transportation control infrastructure inevitably come to mind.

With new photo systems coming to register violations of traffic safety regulations experts and stakeholders warn that there are not enough broadband channels to transmit data read from registration devices. Conventional radar systems, also known as police speed traps, can only monitor a limited road section and are therefore barely useful in assessing car owners’ general driving behavior; the radars also have negative side effects that are said to cause even more accidents.

Several years ago the Republic of Tatarstan, a Russian leader in photo systems applications, tasked Avtodoria, a then IT start-up based in Kazan, Tatarstan’s capital, with developing a solution that is within current government capabilities while dramatically improving on the existing systems. That’s how the speed monitoring project began.

How it works

At the heart of Avtodoria’s anti-speeding and traffic data processing system is a technology that enables to collect and analyze road information, and use the data to develop broader IT architecture for traffic safety checks.

The hardware component of the complex includes special photosensitive devices that record all vehicles on a given section and identify their license plate numbers. To determine the exact time and location of the vehicles registered a built-in GLONASS satellite navigation receiver is used.

Data from all photosensitive devices is then aggregated in a computing center for analysis and processing.

With the time the vehicle takes to span a section between two adjacent photosensitive devices known the Avtodoria module helps measure an average speed of a vehicle. There’s a special function that reports a perpetrator to the traffic police, and even automatically issues a penalty notification filed with the system to fine the speedy driver.

Another add-in to be soon standard with the IT complex will monitor parking rules observance by determining the time a car is parked in a restricted area. In excess of five minutes—and the car owner is automatically fined.

This will enable the police to track down reckless drivers on a 24/7 basis in any weather conditions—for which the system has been tested, certified and patented.

Expansion, upgrades, and longer-term objectives

Avtodoria is increasing the functionality of its solution. This past August the company began applying its speed monitoring method to curvy sections of the roads as well.

It is reported that the system used to be only tested on straight roads; however, two years ago Avtodoria decided to upgrade its solution to include curvy sections. In August 2014, the company completed a series of tests; it then took it another year to tailor the product to any road section, whether it’s bends, highs or lows, etc.

The first Russian region to serve as a ‘test bench’ for the upgraded Avtodoria functionality was Ingushetia, a mountainous region in Russia’s Northern Caucasus. Just recently, the developers’ home region of Tatarstan and the neighboring Ulyanovsk region were added. Further plans include Samara in the Lower Volga area, and Russia’s westernmost enclave of Kaliningrad.

A longer-term goal is to enable regional transport and logistics authorities to forecast typical traffic per road and effectively control and improve transportation flow pattern on the Russian roads.
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