Road Traffic Counters

Traffic counting methods can be basically categorized as manual and automatic methods. The manual counting is a simple yet accurate method for traffic counting. The manual counting can be done using either electronic counters or mechanical counters, or else it can be a simple paperwork. There are several methods out there for automatic traffic counting. Following are some of the popular technologies/ sensors in the industry.

  • Pneumatic Tube
  • Inductive Loops
  • Radar/ Microwave
  • Video processing
  • Magnetic Sensor
  • Acoustic
  • Infrared
  • Weigh in Motion (WIM)
    • Bending Plates
    • Capacitive Stripes
    • Capacitive Mat
    • Piezo-electric Cable

Automatic Traffic Counters

Listed below are some popular automatic traffic counting products available on the market.

ProductTechnology/ SensorSpecification at a glancePrice
RoadPod® VT Pneumatic tubes
  • Classification: Yes
  • Memory: Up to 4 million axles
  • Application: Permanent/ temporary traffic survey
  • Remote Access: Yes, with FieldPod®
PicoCount Pneumatic tubes
  • ClassificationYes
  • Memory: approximately 20 million vehicles
  • Application: Permanent/ temporary traffic survey
  • Remote AccessNo
  • Small in size
  • battery life of 10 years
$499.00
Black CAT Radar Radar
  • ClassificationYes
  • Memory: 2GB (upgradable to 4GB)
  • Application: Permanent/ temporary traffic survey
  • Remote Access: Yes
  • Count | Speed | Length | Headway | Gap
  • Speed Range 7 – 130mph
  • Count Accuracy (98%, ignoring obscuration)
  • Compatible with Catalyst
  • Supports bi-directional traffic and two lanes same direction
  • Operating time: Dependent upon battery options
Minuteman EVR Pneumatic tubes
  • ClassificationYes
  • Memory: 216,000 - 222,000 vehicles (2Mb)
  • Application: Temporary traffic survey
  • Remote Access: No
  • Optimized for Busy Roads
  • Sensitive Air Switches
  • Congestion Algorithms
  • Bicycle Monitoring
  • CA Traffic Software Compatible
Armadillo Radar Traffic Counter Radar
  • ClassificationYes
  • Memory100,000 individual vehicles
  • Application: Temporary traffic survey
  • Remote Access: No
$3,595.00
SDR Traffic Microwave
  • ClassificationYes
  • Memory2GB
  • Application: Permanent/ Temporary traffic survey
  • Remote Access: No
Road Runner 3 Pneumatic tubes
  • ClassificationYes
  • Memory: 512MB flash chip holds 120 million timestamps; approximately 25 million vehicles
  • Application: Permanent/ Temporary traffic survey
  • Remote Access: No
  • Count up to 4 lanes - Classify up to 2 lanes
  • The Road Runner 3 comes with an unparalleled eight (8) year Limited Warranty
  • Power: Engineered Ten (10) year lithium long-life battery
$395.00
Golden River M400 Pneumatic tubes
  • ClassificationYes (up to 13 different vehicle types)
  • Memory:
  • Application: Temporary traffic survey
  • Remote Access: No
Armadillo Crossfire Multi-lane Traffic Collector
  • ClassificationYes
  • Memory: On-board memory to store 4+ months of data
  • ApplicationTemporary traffic survey
  • Remote Access: Planned
  • Included VGA Camera
Microwave Traffic Counter/ Remote Traffic Microwave Sensor (RTMS) Microwave
  • ClassificationYes
  • Memory: 8MB
  • ApplicationPermanent/ Temporary traffic survey
  • Remote Access: Yes
  • Provides presence indication and accurate measurements of volume, occupancy, speed and classification in up to 12 separate zones (lanes) up to 76 meters (250 feet) away
  • Fully programmable to support multiple applications using simple intuitive software on a Notebook PC
  • True-presence: detects stationary and fast moving vehicles; single or dual loop emulation
  • Low life-cycle cost with no routine maintenance procedures and high reliability. Typical MTBF – 13 years
  • Easy to calibrate by fast, automatic set-up wizard
  • User upgradeable and expandable
Mini TRS Plus Traffic Counter and Classifier Mini TRS Plus Traffic Counter and ClassifierPneumatic tubes
  • ClassificationYes
  • Memory: 2 GB standard, up to 16 GB, User-set memory rollover
  • ApplicationPermanent/ Temporary traffic survey
  • Remote Access: No
  • FHWA 15-category classification or a user-set classification table
  • Typically 45 days per charge; On/Off switch standard, Optional Solar Panel
SAS-1 Acoustic Traffic Counter Acoustic Sensor
  • ClassificationYes
  • Memory:
  • Application:
  • Remote Access:
(JAMAR) Black Cat Radar Recorder Radar
  • ClassificationYes
  • Memory2GB (approx. 200,000,000 vehicles)
  • ApplicationPermanent/ Temporary traffic survey
  • Remote Access: Yes
  • Battery: 12 Volt Battery Charge Life: 6 Days Power Option: Optional Solar Panel
FlexMag MicroRadar
  • Classification:
  • Memory:
  • Application:
  • Remote Access: Yes
  • No Battery Charging or Changing Required
SmartSensor HD Radar
  • Classification: Yes
  • Memory:
  • ApplicationPermanent/ Temporary traffic survey
  • Remote Access: Yes
  • Presence data in 22 lanes
  • Per-vehicle data: speed, length, class, lane assignment, range
  • No battery replacement necessary

 

Manual Traffic Counters/ Classifiers

Listed below are some popular manual traffic counting products available on the market.

ProductTechnology/ Sensor Specification at a glancePrice
COUNTcam +COUNTpad + COUNTproManual video processing
  • COUNTcam Mini is a portable video recording system that records 50 hours of traffic video on a single charge. It's easy to install (and even easier to transport). The most convenient and cost-effective way to collect traffic data.
  • COUNTpro Software + COUNTpad2 is the industry leading traffic counting software. It allows you to count video from any recording device at up to 20x speeds. The user-friendly software enables users to speed up and slow down videos while counting. The pause buttons allows you to complete the count while taking breaks or even heading home for the evening, and resuming the next morning.
Scout Video Collection UnitCount Scout video manually or upload to the Miovision Platform for superior data accuracy
  • Scout is the industry leading traffic counting device, built for reliable, unattended field operation for days at a time. It provides the optimal setup for a variety of traffic studies, and is easy and safe to setup and operate at the roadside. Capable of full classification including cars, trucks, pedestrians and cyclists.
hc8™ Systemintegrated system for manual traffic data collection
  • The keys of the hc8 logger can be freely programmed. By simply exchanging the keypad foil, the logger can be used for different surveys. It can store vehicles in over 4,000 intervals and accommodates most intersections, vehicle types and turning movements. An internal clock and positive keypad feedback through feel and sound supports the enumerator ideally in his work.
  • The hc8 setup software installed on PC controls and documents all functions of the hc8 system. For analysis, reporting and data archiving for the different survey options and user defined surveys, the KNO-WIN and KNO-FLU software suites are available.

 

Reference


  1. Traffi c Data Collection and Analysis
  2. Traffic Data Collection Improvements
  3. “State-of-the-Art” Report on Non-Traditional Traffic Counting Methods

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