Siemens deploys GreenZone system for Clear Air Zone trial in Birmingham
A 12 month research project deploying Siemens technology to gather information on vehicle emissions in Birmingham got underway in April 2016 as part of the Government’s ongoing efforts to meet EU air quality targets.
Clean Air Zones have been identified by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as a potential mechanism, not only to improve air quality in urban areas but to also help avoid potential financial penalties, and have funding made available to local authorities to study their feasibility.
The trial uses seven Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and associated equipment at strategic locations on key routes into Birmingham city centre to capture data on the Euro emissions classification of vehicles.
The cameras are supported with back office software and together capable of capturing vehicle registration plate information, safely storing such data, using the data to analyse the potential impact of different Low Emission Zone scenarios including the ability to attribute an indicative Euro Class category to each vehicle. In December 2015, the UK Government announced the mandatory introduction of Clean Air Zones in cities, including Birmingham, by 2020.
These Zones will apply to the most polluting vehicles, such as old buses, coaches and lorries, but will not affect private motor vehicles. The new project has been developed by Birmingham City Council in collaboration with public services provider Amey and Siemens.