The need to use radar systems for speed measurement is growing in importance all over the world. This is not only important in military applications but also for civilian applications, too. Radar systems are increasingly important for civilian use in monitoring speeds of vehicles on highways, sport competitions, airplanes and more. The government uses microwave Doppler radar devices, which transmit waves while simultaneously receiving reflections from moving objects. These systems can be standalone or hand held.
A SI customer won the tender to develop a system in several European cities. They are very active in the area of transportation and decided to partner with Advantech who provided the UNO-2362 Embedded Automation Computer. The Highway Speed Measurement Radar with Image Processing system was to be installed in many outdoor locations so they needed a computer with wide operating temperature ranges.
Advantech was their top choice because Advantech's products are industrial grade and they have years of experience in the field of in-vehicle and transportation solutions for respecting speed rules.
The UNO-2362 is a fanless and highly ruggedized Embedded Automation Computer with a choice of embedded operating systems (Windows CE, Windows XPE, Linux-Embedded). It also includes iDoor technology which supports automation feature extensions such as fieldbus communication, Wi-Fi/3G, and Digital I/O, available in palm, small and regular size for factors.
Embedded Automation Computers feature specific functions that make the suitable for data server applications. Their multiple networking interfaces can help shorten development times and the UNO-2362 was integrated into the speed radar system cabinet. The system also needed high resolution cameras for mass surveillance that use optical character recognition to read the license plates on the vehicles as they sped past.
To win this bid it was essential that the system integrator could have a highly reliable low cost industrial computer which could connect to the mobile cameras distributed throughout the city and be capable of being monitored and controlled from a central location.