Queensland Govt is set to expand speed enforcement across the state using transportable cameras in an effort to cut the road toll. Road safety tech specialist Acusensus has been appointed to oversee the rollout of its trailer-based transportable speed camera enforcement solution, to be located in regional and remote areas, as well as metropolitan communities.
Why is Acusensus the right partner for the rollout?
Acusensus, which operates Queensland’s mobile phone and seat belt camera program, is expected to rollout the five-year trailer-based speed enforcement program this year.
The announcement of this $11.7 million contract over an initial five-year term comes on the back of the Queensland government’s decision to host a road safety roundtable last month, after Queensland recorded 299 fatalities last year, the state’s highest in over 10 years.
Acusensus, which listed on the Australian Securities Exchange last month, uses patented AI camera tech that can detect drivers using their mobile phone, seatbelt non-compliance, speeding, vehicles in closed freeway lanes, unregistered vehicles, and vehicles of interest.
The fixed and mobile cameras can operate at night and in all weather conditions, generating high-quality images as evidence for enforcement and prosecution purposes to deter dangerous driver behaviours. In addition to Queensland, the company also has multi-year govt contracts in NSW, WA and the ACT, and has operated programs in five continents.
What does the partnership mean for Acusensus?
Acusensus founder and Managing Director Alexander Jannink said the decision to use trailer-mounted mobile speed cameras would help to improve driver behaviour across the state.
“Queensland was the first jurisdiction to roll out simultaneous mobile phone and seat belt compliance enforcement, and is now the first to partner with industry to deliver a trailer based mobile speed camera enforcement program, underlining the state’s commitment to improving road safety and being proactive in reducing road trauma,” Jannink said.
“Speeding remains as one of the largest sources of road trauma. Enforcement programs are effective in improving driver behaviours and have been proven to work to reduce deaths and injuries over the longer term. Having the ability to easily transport our speed detection trailers enables us to reach more remote locations and focus on regions that typically experience a high incidence of road casualties,” Alexander Jannink further commented.
“Drivers need to be aware that they can be caught anywhere and at any time and should adjust their behaviours and habits to drive safely in all conditions. It will not only save their lives, but the lives of their loved ones and other innocent parties,” Jannink concluded.