Oman is installing traffic enforcement technology on its streets in an effort to improve safety and reduce the number of accidents.

The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has awarded a contract to German company Vitronic to supply red light and speed enforcement systems.

The agreement to supply and install 200 stationary Poliscan speed systems and 36 Poliscan Redlight systems was signed with Vitronic Machine Vision Middle East and its local partner IMTAC, in early August 2012.

Vitronic Machine Vision Middle East CEO Youssef El Hansali said that the company is currently using Poliscan in six regions on the Arabian Peninsula.

"Along with Dubai, Jeddah, Riad, Abu Dhabi and Doha, our systems are now deployed in the Muscat region as well," Hansali added.

Poliscan systems operate with the help of a measuring principle based on light detection and ranging (LIDAR), in which a scanning laser records the speed and position of all vehicles in the enforcement area.

The devices can simultaneously identify multiple incidents in several lanes along with detecting vehicles that tailgate or change lanes, while unlike radar-based systems they can be used along road works, on curved roads and inside tunnels.

The Poliscan devices will be installed across the Muscat region, with some units replacing older devices made by other manufacturers.

The new traffic enforcement systems in Oman correspond to the devices in Germany, which hold approval from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and feature high-resolution colour cameras along with LIDAR.

To date, close to 100 Poliscan systems have been shipped to Oman.

Image: The first Vitronic Poliscan Speed systems to be deployed in Muscat, Oman. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.