A low emission zone (LEZ) is set to be introduced in the Spanish city of Castelló in an effort to improve air quality and reduce noise levels and congestion in the city centre.
Public authorities in Castelló are currently working with Kapsch TrafficCom to implement the LEZ, in a deal worth €1.47m (£1.26m).
The system will be able to recognise a vehicle’s number plate and verify whether the vehicle associated with that number plate is authorised to enter the LEZ.
Once installed, 45 access points will be monitored by cameras capable of reading number plates of moving vehicles and capable of performing video analysis that classifies vehicle types into trucks, buses, vans and commercial vehicles, passenger cars, motorbikes and mopeds.
Carolin Treichl, EVP EMENA at Kapsch TrafficCom, said: “Low emission zones can be a powerful lever to significantly reduce traffic emissions.
“In London, for example, CO2 has been reduced by 20%, while in Milan a similar measure has resulted in an 18% drop in particulate matter.
“We are delighted to support Castelló on its way to a more liveable and healthy city.”
The platform will be supported by a mobile app that will allow the creation and management of access authorisations to the LEZ by citizens, companies and other groups.
In addition, 24 sensors will be installed to measure air pollution and noise levels in places with high traffic intensity and sensitive locations, such as schools.
The data will also flow into the city’s mobility management system, which will be upgraded with new tools and additional information to improve multimodal traffic control strategies.
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