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Traffic Survey Systems

Advanced Traffic Data Capture and Analysis


Traffic Data Specialists

Providing Solutions World Wide Over the past 25 years, MetroCount has worked closely with road authorities and traffic managers around the world to achieve safer, more efficient traffic networks. With MetroCount products now in over 112 countries globally, MetroCount takes pride in meeting the needs of our customers with tailored solutions and exceptional customer service. Contact one of MetroCount’s regional offices for a detailed product demonstration or online guided tour of our advanced traffic analysis software.

Australia Headquarters +61 8 9430 6164 +61 8 9430 6187 (fax) sales@metrocount.com 15 O’Connor Close North Coogee, W.A., 6163

United Kingdom

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Countries world wide rely on MetroCount Technology for Traffic Statistics.

empowers all MetroCount hardware.

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Portable Traffic Monitoring Undertaking traffic studies with Pneumatic Tubes that detect every axle.

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RoadPod® VT

Axle-based classifier unit

RoadPod® PhaseT

Axle-based classifier unit, synchronized to

traffic signals (i.e. lights, barriers)

Permanent Traffic Monitoring Capturing year-round traffic statistics to identify traffic patterns and variations.

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RoadPod® VP

Axle-based classifier (Piezoelectric Strips)

MC Piezo Test

Piezoelectric sensor testing unit

RoadPod® VL

Length-based classifier (Inductive Loops)

Bike Traffic Monitoring Recording cycling statistics on off-road and on-road paths and bike lanes.

+44 208 782 8999 +44 208 782 8737 (fax) uksales@metrocount.com Unit 15 Oliver Business Park, Oliver Road, LONDON, NW10 7JB

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United States

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+1 301 497 6101 +1 301 490 3521 (fax) usasales@metrocount.com 11820 West Market Place, Suite M, Fulton MD, 20759

MetroCount Traffic ExecutiveTM The MTETM software is the umbrella application that

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RidePodTM BT

Portable bike counter (Pneumatic Tubes)

RidePodTM BP Permanent bike counter (Piezoelectric Strips)

FieldPod® Remote collection of traffic data and site access

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Product Guide Overview of MetroCount products and solutions


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MetroCount Traffic Executive®

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ince MetroCount was founded in 1987, the same team of engineers has been building the most advanced traffic analysis software available. One team, 25 years of development. From humble beginnings, to the multinational company of today, the development of MetroCount Traffic Executive® has remained customer focused, implementing feedback from road managers to deliver flexible traffic information.

Worth Doing the Right Way Prior to MetroCount, traffic surveying was often regarded as an inexact science. But with proven accuracy above 99%, MetroCount equipment is now the pinnacle of traffic monitoring. With thorough error checking on every vehicle detection, MTE provides a high degree of accountability in its interpretation.

Managing Traffic Survey Networks MTE incorporates survey management features to ensure the network is properly covered with sites routinely monitored. In addition, the Site Lists tool ensures survey personnel and contractors carry out surveys at GPS coordinates consistent with naming conventions.

Backward Compatibility The simple principle of post-survey analysis has allowed MTE to grow around the original format. More than 20 years on, the latest version MTE can still analyze data sets created in the 1990’s.

Advanced Filtering Options

MTE uses a report Profile system to allow detailed filtering and reporting of traffic data. Profiles contain information about the filtering of traffic by class, time, speed, direction, separation and more. Profiles can be saved for later use as well as copied and pasted to consistently compare any data sets.

Automate with Batch Scripting MTE includes functionality to automate the analysis of multiple datasets. Compile standardized reports in a single script and simply run them on all future traffic surveys for simple, consistent traffic analysis.

Tablet Operation in the Field Field operators can take advantage of small form-factor Windows tablets with a full sized USB port to set up counts. MTE is developed to operate on computers running a Windows operating system.

Individual Vehicle Data Accurate individual vehicle information is at the foundation of all MetroCount reports. MetroCount engineers pioneered the technology to analyze axles post-survey rather than in hardware. Using advanced proprietary algorithms, MTE provides incredible detail about every vehicle that leads to highly flexible reporting summaries.

Available in 7 Languages

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Time hh:mm:ss 13:16:01 13:16:03 13:16:05 13:16:35 13:16:37 13:16:57 13:17:01

Speed Km/h 84.44 78.95 79.07 79.89 80.51 71.94 79.46

Wheel Base M 13.88 2.67 6.36 3.12 2.52 19.79 2.63

Headway M 28.6 1.9 1.4 1.1 2.3 19.9 3.9

Gap M 28.5 1.3 1.3 1.0 2.2 19.8 2.9

• Advanced reporting of traffic representations based on accurate classification data. • Extensive graphical reports with numerous permutations of class, speed, volume and time based plots. • Metric and non-metric units. • Multi-lane, multi-data set analysis. • Count-only features to sum vehicles by axles or gaps. • Detailed data quality analysis with Trigger Spectrum and noise analysis.

Latest Updates • Custom template creation. • Analyze up to 64 data-files from the File Management List. • Time bars to view dataset range. • Compass direction and lane number in the Individual Report. • Time filter auto-wrap to align data to calendar months. • Advanced site list searching. • Advanced mapping features for site lists. • Additional filtering to group by vehicle wheelbase or length.

Reporting

One of the numerous customizable classification reports.

Vehicle Classification Classification of vehicles is critical to accurately monitoring road degradation, predicting road life span and identifying trends on roads. MTE has advanced algorithms to classify vehicles in a large range of international standard schemes, along with a growing number of custom schemes developed upon client request.

Filter speed, separation, class, span, and time to exclude or include relevant information.

Detailed Speed Analysis

Individual Vehicle Report Date YYYY-MM-DD 2015-05-20 2015-05-20 2015-05-20 2015-05-20 2015-05-20 2015-05-20 2015-05-20

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Features

Axles Groups No. No. 6 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 6 5 2 2

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With a range of filters, MTE allows viewing of detailed meaningful speed statistics. Referencing speed against time, class, volume and separation highlights how a road is effected by certain conditions. MTE allows for detailed exclusion of traffic that might affect the presentation of an accurate 85th percentile operating speed including the exclusion of congested traffic with speed and separation filters. 5


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Portable Vehicle Monitoring

etroCount has a long-held global reputation as the benchmark for accurate traffic survey technologies. Accurate traffic data is critical for a clear understanding of road conditions. The RoadPod® VT pneumatic tube classifier is one of the most widely used traffic survey units on the globe and has been scrutinized by independent scientific studies since the first version came into production many years ago. Uptake of the RoadPod VT has increased in recent years as traffic engineers make use of the advanced analytics to improve understanding of road conditions and guide road works. Axle based data enables filtering of parameters like time, speed, direction and class to extract an unlimited variety of road usage statistics.

Common use-cases include:

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• Average Daily Traffic (ADT) reports, weekly vehicle counts. • Hourly vehicle volumes to determine periods of congestion. • 85th Percentile speed to determine the operating speed of a road. • Exceeding speed limit statistics by time of day to target enforcement and education efforts. • Vehicle class breakdown to plan future upgrades to roads based on loads. • Traffic characteristics related to driver behavior such as saturation flow rates and headway.

The driving force behind the widespread uptake of the RoadPod® VT is the simplicity with which operators can undertake an accurate and detailed traffic survey.

The stainless steel shell provides the RoadPod® VT with protection from the elements and security at the roadside. 6

The MetroCount system has a number of standout features including long life battery, adjustable lockout feature, multiple site data input and the ability to determine a wide range of data aspects through the software. Rolanda Ramanavichius, Engineer, Road and Transport Research Institute, Kaunas


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RoadPod® VT Vehicle Tube Counter The New Standard Reliability and accuracy

Store 4 million axles

Axle detection using rubber pneumatic tubes is the most effective method for accurate temporary traffic counting. Pneumatic tubes are economical, easy to install and replace, reliable, and record consistently under a broad range of environmental conditions.

Vast memory capacity enables this tube counter to store up to 1 million vehicles, supporting up to four times longer surveys than previously possible.

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Designed for simple operation

RoadPod® VT 5900 Hardware Specifications

Units are designed to be maintenance free, with autoranging sensors and highly accurate internal clocks.

Up to 4 years battery life RoadPod® VT is the first MetroCount unit to operate in Zombie Mode. This keeps the counter completely inert between passing vehicles, drawing one fifth the power required by the previous 5600 model, while using the same alkaline battery pack. The Time-up feature in the latest MTE software (v5 onwards) provides a dynamic projection of battery life, based on specific patterns of counter usage.

Post-purchase upgrades Each RoadPod VT has a unique digital Signature embedded in its firmware. The Signature enables different levels of software support, from simple volume counts through to complex statistical analyses. Signatures can be upgraded post-purchase to extend capabilities.

The RoadPod® VT builds on the strengths of its predecessors.

Enclosure: Dual system with stainless steel road case and PVC internal unit Dimensions: 350mm x 124mm x 95mm Total weight: 4.13kg

Remote Access with FieldPod® RoadPod® + FieldPod® The RoadPod VT can be extended to provide remote functionalities with the optional FieldPod® add-on. Through the mobile network, FieldPod enables remote download, data checks and site diagnostics. Combining RoadPod VT with FieldPod provides access to the latest bike data at the click of a button.

Sensors: Pneumatic tubes Tube spacing: 80-120 cm (100cm by default) Internal battery: 6V 18Ah, 4 D alkaline cells Memory: Up to 4 million axles Memory type: Flash Time resolution: Better than 0.688ms

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Accessories included in the RoadPod® VT field kit.

Included: MTE v5.x software Required accessories: Traffic survey field kit, data communications cable

Flexible Enclosure Options Additional hardware is required to enable FieldPod® including a remote access module, antenna and additional battery. MetroCount offer enclosure options as well as supplying the components for customized solutions. 8

The MetroCount cabinet with solar panel is ideal for semi-permanent applications of the RoadPod® VT. For portable surveys, rugged enclosures like Pelican cases can be customized. 9


RoadPod® PhaseT Intersection Monitoring

Counting vehicles in sync with traffic signals A clear picture of signalized traffic

Customize signal phases in MTE

Monitoring traffic at signal controled intersections and level crossings provides critical information regarding driver behavior. MetroCount’s RoadPod® PhaseT is a unique approach to collecting detailed traffic data, synchronized with intersection signal timings. The PhaseT is similar to our industry standard 5600 model with the addition of an optical fiber interface, to detect and record changing signal phases in parallel with traffic data.

MTE allows users to take advantage of common signal phases or define their own Phase Maps for customized interpretation. Signal phases for traffic lights are synchronized with the traffic data.

Look beyond crash data Relying only on existing crash data to analyze driver behavior at intersections provides no mechanism to identify potential issues before an accident occurs. Monitoring driver behavior at a signalized intersection allows preventative action can be taken based on empirical evidence, without having to wait for the crash statistics to accumulate.

Common use examples: Pairing traffic data with traffic signals has a number of implications in traffic management and enforcement. • Isolating volume and speed during the yellow or warning phase of traffic lights to assess driver reaction times and inform signal timing. • Analysis of driver behavior at intersections to direct intersection design and modification. • Classification of vehicles crossing intersections during different phases including during the red light phase to identify potential infringements by vehicle class.

Example Traffic Light Phase Statistics Phase = Yellow

Vehicles = 4310 (4.93%) Exceeding Speed Limit = 3386 (78.56%) Maximum = 132.4 km/h 85% Speed = 77.46 km/h, 95% Speed = 84.86 km/h

Phase = Red

Vehicles = 437 (0.50%) Exceeding Speed Limit = 348 (79.63%) Maximum = 129.0 km/h 85% Speed = 84.29 km/h,

Phase = Green

Vehicles = 82715 (94.57%) Exceeding Speed Limit = 21712 (26.25%) Maximum = 159.7 km/h 85% Speed = 68.15 km/h

Sample phase analysis of traffic lights.

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The RoadPod® PhaseT records synchronized traffic data and signal phases using pneumatic tubes and with fiber optics.

Speed analysis at traffic lights shows the rise in speed prior to a red light and infringement speeds during the red phase.

RoadPod® PhaseT 5712 Hardware Specifications Sensors: Pneumatic tubes (road traffic), optical fiber (traffic signals) Tube spacing: 80-120 cm (100cm by default) Internal battery: 6V 18Ah, 4 D alkaline cells Memory: 1 million vehicles Time resolution: Better than 1ms Enclosure: Dual system with stainless steel road case and PVC internal unit Included: MTE software, operating manual Required: Traffic survey field kit, data communications cable, optical fiber interface, optical fiber

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Permanent Vehicle Monitoring

ong term, continuous traffic studies provide pertinent information and trends to assist in planning new road works, upgrades and maintenance as well as assisting traffic management plans. Year-on-year data can identify traffic growth patterns and seasonal road usage trends. MetroCount permanent survey sites are often installed on major arterial roads or roads of strategic interest and can be automated to electronically provide traffic information via email or the internet to managers at regular intervals. Permanent sites provide the same detailed traffic data as all other MetroCount products with the same benefits of consistency and high reliability. Congestion statistics can be analyzed and compared with historical data to provide traffic engineers with peak road usage data over time. Increased understanding of the influencing factors to periods of congestion can assist with effective traffic management. Additionally, permanent traffic sites provide a sound

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reference for quality assurance and extrapolation of temporary studies undertaken with the RoadPod® VT. A reliable permanent dataset can be used as a benchmark to verify the accuracy and validity of temporary surveys.

Common use cases include: True AADT (Annual Average Daily Traffic) figures from 52 weeks of data ▪▪ Weekday flow reports to identify congestion periods and peak road operating conditions. ▪▪ 85th Percentile speed to determine the operating speed of a road. ▪▪ Exceeding speed limit statistics by time of day to target enforcement and education efforts. ▪▪ Vehicle class breakdown to plan future upgrades to roads based on loads. ▪▪ Traffic characteristics related to driver behavior such as saturation flow rates and headway.

The best decisions in traffic engineering and planning are based on continuous, year-round data.

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Being able to clearly identify seasonal trends and when a road is operating above its capacity are imperatives. Mr Paul Edwards, Traffic & Design Coordinator, South Perth City Council


RoadPod® VP Vehicle Piezo Counter

The Axle Data Benchmark Meaningful traffic data Using MetroCount’s pioneered monitoring approach, the RoadPod® VP stores every axle that passes over the sensors. MetroCount installation and great sensitivity of the piezoelectric sensors ensure the highest level of accuracy in capturing vehicle volume, speed and classification.

Four sensors - Two lanes Designed to monitor multi-lane roadways, the RoadPod VP connects to four piezo strips. This enables one unit to simultaneously record traffic on two lanes. For covering more than two routes, multiple units can be

deployed at the site, with effortless combined postprocessing of all data within MTE.

Low profile integration Piezoelectric strips are a discreet, non-obtrusive solution to permanent traffic monitoring. During the installation, the piezo strips are connected to coaxial cables with BNC connectors. This process facilitates the cables to be sized to the correct length and then to securely connect with the unit located in a roadside cabinet. Additionally, the embedding of sensors into the pavement ensures maximum longevity on road with heavy traffic.

RoadPod® VP 5710 Hardware Specifications Sensors: Piezoelectric strips Battery: Internal: 6V 18Ah, 4 D alkaline cells External: 12V ongoing solar panel charging Internal battery life: 180 days of continuous use or 5 years as backup for external battery Sensor spacing: 80 - 200cm Enclosure: Stainless steel mounted cabinet Included: MTE software, operating manual Required: Data communications cable Add-ons: FieldPod remote access module

MC Piezo Test Detailed summary of piezo installations The MC Piezo Test is the only unit of its kind in the world, providing detailed diagnostic information on the installation of piezoelectric strips. The unit allows road managers to accurately calibrate any piezo sensors, including those used by WIM systems and speed cameras. Designed to provide instantaneous

diagnostics as well as record information from the piezo sensors post-installation, the MC Piezo Test provides detailed analysis of voltage offset, electrical noise, leakage and capacitance. This information is used to validate the installation and confirm the high degree of accuracy and compliance with contractual technical specifications.

Weatherproof cabinet with 3G antenna and solar panel.

The MC Piezo Test is the world leading technology for characterizing and verifying piezo sensor installations. 14

Low profile piezo sensors.

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RoadPod® VL Vehicle Loop Counter

Inductive Loop Detection

Two Models, Two Applications The two RoadPod VL models serve two distinct applications while both connecting to inductive loops. The 5810 model detects signals from two loops per lane to provide length based classification, volume and speed, from two lanes per counter. The 5805 is designed for binned volume counts, connecting to a single loop per lane from up to four lanes per counter.

Length Based Classification With detection of vehicles based on beginning and end rather than each axle, the 5810 provides accurate length classification with time stamps triggered when a vehicle enters and exits each inductive loop field.

Standard length-based schemes define vehicle classes, but as always with MTE, custom schemes can be created with any number of length classes.

Four Lanes Of Binned Data The 5805 Model has four inputs to accurately count up to four lanes of traffic. Fully configurable bin size, thresholds, and lockout times allow for customisation at each site. The 5805 is designed for projects where volume information is required providing up to 4 years of data memory. Binned counts allow the unit to collect data for extended time periods and with the addition of a solar panel to replenish the internal battery the unit can record long-term volumes at remote sites.

Real Counts at Car Parks and Toll Gates With variable loop shape and size the 5805 is suited for collecting volumes even at low speeds. With the ability to detect vehicles even where lane discipline is poor, the 5805 can be adapted to a range of locations and applications.

Loop Diagnostic Tools

MetroCount’s RoadPod® VL utilises inductive loop sensors to detect when vehicles enter and exit an inductive field. Contractors familiar with traffic signal sensors will find installation of MetroCount specified loop sensors straightforward. MetroCount’s diagnostic tools, LoopScope and LoopMonitor, come bundled with MTE to provide full diagnostics of installed loops. These tools assist in the assessment of existing loops for retrofitting the RoadPod VL, along with validating new installs and ensuring data quality prior to a survey.

Lane Coverage

Established Sensors, Revolutionary Results

Diagnostic

Function

LoopScope

Provide feedback on the properties and condition of loops.

LoopMonitor

Testing connections including screw and crimp terminals.

Road Side Unit

Number Of Lanes

VL5810

2 Lanes 4 Loops

VL5805

4 Lanes 4 Loops

MetroCount Managed Installation We make use of our extensive experience with on-road installations to manage the entire installation process for clients.

RoadPod® VL Hardware Specifications Power: Internal: 6V 18Ah, 4 D alkaline cells. Cabinet: 12V rechargeable battery for ongoing solar panel charging. Sensor type: Inductive loops. Time resolution: Better than 1ms. Optimum Loop Size: 2m x 2m. Optimum Loop Spacing: 5m. Enclosure: Cabinet mounted. Loop Inductance Range: 50 - 500µH (150µH optimum). Loop Oscillator Range: 45 - 65kHz. Included with MC5800: MTE software, operating and reference manual. Required accessories: Breakout board, data communications cable. Optional accessories: Windows tablet or notebook computer, DIN rail mounts.

Counter, breakout board and 3G modem.

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Installation of inductive loops to MetroCount spec.

A low volume site with 5810 installed. 17


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Bike Monitoring

he benefits of cycling in cities are well established. The pressing task for transport managers is to apply this knowledge to achieve better bicycle infrastructure and increase cyclist participation. Monitoring bicycle traffic is core to effective cost-benefit analysis when seeking funding and planning new works or upgrades. MetroCount’s unique axle detection technology has been proven to detect bikes with an accuracy better than 99% in normal flow conditions. Verified by independent studies, MetroCount bike survey systems provide accurate information for each bike including speed, direction, headway, length and more. Data summaries produced in MetroCount’s MTE software identifies the daily, weekly or monthly volumes, peak usage times, flow rates, and congestion. Year-on-year data can also help to analyze growth patterns and the impact of new infrastructure.

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Experience and Reliability With over 10 years of development behind our bicycle monitoring equipment, the reliability and quality that have become MetroCount’s point of difference are evident in our bicycle counters. With a multitude of installed bicycle monitoring sites currently surveying traffic 24 hours a day, MetroCount is leading the industry in detailed bike traffic information.

Working with the Best The Netherlands is globally revered for their integrated bike infrastructure transport network. Enviable bike usage statistics highlight the impact of targeted planning for bikes. MetroCount engineers utilise data from a network of sites across The Netherlands to improve detection accuracy in high volume conditions. MetroCount bike data assists Dutch planners to monitor and improve bike infrastructure.

Modelling bicycle traffic is at the heart of effective cost benefit analysis to justify improved cycle infrastructure and increase funding.

“ With unmatched accuracy, MetroCount bike counters are the industry benchmark. The RidePod® BT provides a portable solution to collect data from sites across a network. 18

With continual commitment and investment in promoting, facilitating and encouraging cycling within the Borough, monitoring cycling journey traffic is essential. As a result the permanent bike counters we have located across the borough pay for themselves. Nick Davies, Principal Transport Officer, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham


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RidePod® BT Bike Tube Counter

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Beyond bike numbers Move with the Traffic The RidePod® BT makes portable bike monitoring easy and familiar. The installation of the BT is very similar to that of the RoadPod VT, the only difference being the thin-walled pneumatic tubes that provide extra sensitivity for detecting bike axles. Optimized for accurate bike monitoring on dedicated bike paths and on-road bike lanes, the RidePod BT is an essential part of the bike planner’s tool-kit. The BT is optimized for accurate monitoring of both dedicated bike paths and on-road bike lanes.

Up to 4 years battery life The RidePod BT will record bikes for around 4 years without a battery change. Alkaline battery packs

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Store Over 4 Million Axles

Memory Capacity Battery Life Download Speed

Improved memory capacity enables the RidePod BT to store up to 1 million bikes, allowing longer traffic studies.

Bicycle Volume

Days (approx.)

16,000 bikes per day

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8,000 bikes per day

240

4,000 bikes per day

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2,000 bikes per day

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RidePod® BT 5926 Hardware Specifications

Installation of RidePod BT is simple and quick.

Remote Access with FieldPod® RidePod® + FieldPod® The RidePod BT can be extended to provide remote functionalities with the optional FieldPod® add-on. Through the mobile-data network, FieldPod enables remote download, data checks and site diagnostics. Combining the RidePod BT with FieldPod provides access to the latest bike data at the click of a button.

RidePod BT recording bikes on a dedicated bike path.

Model: 5926 Internal battery: 6V 18Ah, 4 D alkaline cell. Sensor type: Pneumatic tube. Time resolution: Better than 1ms. Enclosure: Dual system with stainless steel road case and internal unit. Dimensions: Stainless steel road case – 350mm x 124mm x 95mm. Weight: Stainless steel road case, internal unit and battery - 4.13kg Included: MTE v5.x software. Required accessories: Traffic survey field kit, data communications cable. Optional accessories: Windows tablet or notebook computer.

Flexible Enclosure Options Additional hardware is required to enable FieldPod® including a remote access module, antenna and additional battery. MetroCount offer enclosure options as well as supplying the components for customized solutions. 20

The RidePod BT can be extended for FieldPod remote access in a range of customizable enclosures like the pictured Pelican case. 21


RidePod® BP Bike Piezo Counter Detailed Network Performance High Sensitivity Detection

Speed Information

The RidePod BP uses paired piezoelectric sensors embedded in the pavement to detect bikes. As a bike passes over, these sensors react to the changes in pavement distress recording two timestamps for each axle providing the high accuracy in detection. MetroCount has developed proprietary equipment and algorithms to detect and process these bike signals, providing useful data outputs.

Monitoring the speed and headway of bike paths can help to identify potential hazards. Filtering volumes by speed and direction provides a visualisation of conditions during peak and off-peak cycling periods helping to identify cycling modes.

Discrete Cabinet

With detailed axle data, MTE is able to determine accurate direction of travel, providing useful details of bike flows during commuter periods.

For permanent bike monitoring, MetroCount’s discreet roadside cabinet has been purpose built to securely house components. Weatherproof construction ensures equipment is protected from the elements and the fixed solar panel and 3G modem provide autonomous power and remote data connection.

Count In A Cluster

MetroCount Cycling Specialists

With cyclists often traveling in clusters, MTE data analysis algorithms effectively distinguish varying patterns of bicycle grouping. This information can be analyzed in the MTE software, providing useful information about the patterns of cycling in an area.

MetroCount have in-house bike specialists that have years of experience in all facets of bike data collection. Bike specialists can manage the entire process from site selection and installation, right through to the delivery of data and assisting with analysis .

True Direction Detection

RidePod® BP 5720 Hardware Specifications

RidePod BP permanently installed bike monitoring system on a shared path.

Sensor type: Piezoelectric strips. Sensor spacing: 800mm to 2000mm. Power: Internal: 6V 18Ah, 4 D alkaline cells. Cabinet: 12V rechargeable battery for ongoing solar panel charging. Internal Battery Life: 180 days continuous use or 5 years as backup for external battery. Enclosure: Cabinet mounted. Included: MTE software, operating manual. Required accessories: Data communications cable.

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Individual Cycle Recording Capacity

Piezo sensors provide both the high sensitivity to detect bike axles and the low profile to go unnoticed.

Bicycle Volume

Days (approx.)

4,000 bikes per day

120

2,000 bikes per day

240

1,000 bikes per day

480

500 bikes per day

960

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Remote Access Traffic Data Collection

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ransmission of data over the 3G network has enabled improved processes for monitoring and analysing traffic information remotely. Remote connection to traffic data sites provides the convenience of online data download and site health check. FieldPodÂŽ adds the benefits of remote communication to both temporary and permanent MetroCount technologies. Developed in order to improve efficiency by reducing or even eliminating hours spent at the roadside, FieldPod is the result of continued engagement and collaboration with traffic professionals around the world.

Built in Redundancy for Continuity The modularity of the FieldPod systems enables an unmatched level of data recording redundancy. In the event of network failures or internal battery failure, sites will continue to record traffic data. Reliable fail safes systems allow road managers to schedule repairs at their convenience without any data loss. Sites monitored remotely decrease the cost of routine visits and minimize interruptions to traffic.

Low Power - Low Maintenance Employing the same emphasis on low power consumption that has made MetroCount traffic counters so popular, FieldPod has been engineered to operate for long periods of time on battery power. FieldPod sites can be coupled with solar panels to

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provide power indefinitely. This low power hardware solution reduces maintenance costs and time, and enables continuous traffic monitoring.

Secure, but Simple Designed with simplicity in mind, FieldPod traffic data is securely recorded, stored and transported in MetroCount’s encrypted data format. Data is collected 24/7 and sent to the end user at routine intervals.

Multiple Units, One Connection To monitor multi-lane sites effectively, connect up to two MetroCount classifiers to a single FieldPod remote access module. For example, two RoadPod VP piezo counters can connect to FieldPod to monitor 4 lanes of traffic, through a single remote access unit.

Spend Less, Monitor More FieldPod plans are catered to an organisation’s needs, reducing initial outlay for equipment and spreading the cost of surveys out to make traffic survey budgeting predictable long-term.

Proven Stability With over 5 years experience, FieldPod is a mature, stable, and secure platform. MetroCount can customize the delivery mechanisms to assist managers in building robust traffic data systems.

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FieldPod® Technical Details

MetroCount Product Guide

Manage Sites in MTE Like all MetroCount products, FieldPod® is operated within our MTE® software. Remote access allows operation of road side units in the same manner as a direct connection. Check data quality, unload data, monitor voltage and check a counters status all without leaving the office.

Compatibility FieldPod is compatible with all MetroCount sensor technologies. Compatible counters can be retrofitted with suitable infrastructure to add remote data access post purchase. If required, FieldPod sites can be monitored manually to perform regular site diagnostics and downloads.

RoadPod® VT

Portable traffic surveys with rubber tubes. Designed for s ble a en en ule etwe . d ™ o b s M tion MTE s e a d c Ac nic an te mu sites o m m Re ay co raffic e Th o w de t tw adsi ro

short term traffic surveys with a wide network coverage.

RoadPod® PhaseT

For traffic surveys synchronized with traffic lights or rail crossings using rubber tubes and optical fiber(signal timing). Merge traffic data with signal timing.

RoadPod® VP

Permanent road surveys with piezoelectric sensors.

Data Scheduling

Ideal for major roads with heavy flows to provide year

Operators can schedule data to be delivered weekly, monthly or on a custom schedule, with files delivered via email or direct FTP. There is also the option to access sites and download the data autonomously. For a full end-to-end solution, MetroCount can automate the delivery of customized reports.

round, lane by lane, seasonal data.

RoadPod® VL

Permanent vehicle counter using inductive loops.

Mobile Network Accessibility

Model 5810: Speed, length and volume; 2 loops/lane. Model 5805: Binned volume counts; 1 loop/lane.

Connecting to available mobile network infrastructure, FieldPod works anywhere that has available mobile phone coverage. MetroCount provide SIM cards to manage the connection across the network.

RidePod® BT

Portable bike surveys with rubber tubes. Designed

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for short term traffic surveys with a wide network

With remote access our traffic data simply lands in my email box, it couldn’t be easier. Nick Davies - Principal Transport Officer London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

coverage.

RidePod® BP

Permanent bike surveys with embedded piezoelectric sensors. Long term trend analysis.

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United Kingdom +44 208 782 8999 +44 208 782 8737 (fax) uksales@metrocount.com Unit 15 Oliver Business Park Oliver Road, LONDON, NW10 7JB

United States +1 301 497 6101 +1 301 490 3521 (fax) usasales@metrocount.com 11820 West Market Place, Suite M, Fulton MD, 20759

The bond between MetroCount and their clients is based on friendship. The MetroCount team is knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble. Clive Wilderspin - Traffic Survey Contractor

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