European firm Traficon is to deploy its camera-based automatic incident detection (AID) system in 22 tunnels in Paris, France.

The contract has been awarded by the Direction Inter-Départementale des Routes d’Ile-de-France (DIRIF) as part of its tunnel surveillance project in the region.

The project is aimed at building an intelligent surveillance system that warns the operator about any abnormal traffic behaviour inside the tunnel to prevent accidents.

The incidents include stopped vehicles, smoke, traffic congestion, wrong-way drivers, pedestrians and fallen objects.

Over the next three years, the AID system will be linked with over 1,400 cameras to monitor traffic driving through Paris’s tunnels.

The project, launched in September 2008, requires an investment of €600m over five years and is carried out by Sdel, Satelec, Clemessy and Fareco.

The project will be carried out in eight phases with the first stage comprising of the A86, A14 La Défense and Neuilly tunnel complex.