NSW to install more cameras to track freight movement

More machine learning cameras are to be installed in an additional three NSW locations as a part of the freight and transport program.

The new cameras will be installed at:

  • Cobb Hwy/Sturt Hwy, Hay
  • Silver City Hwy, Wentworth
  • Barrier Hwy, Broken Hill.

Transport for NSW says the new locations form part of a trial using “state-of-the-art counting and classifying cameras to better understand freight movements to help reduce congestion, improve road safety outcomes, and encourage more efficient deliveries.”

Machine learning cameras, which take high-definition pictures of heavy vehicles, use radar sensors and cameras on the unit to take pictures of a vehicle when certain criteria are met.

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Rather than traditional speed or mobile detection cameras, these cameras will instead be used for counting and classifying trucks to help the government understand freight movements.

After the picture is taken, artificial intelligence within the unit can tell the difference between different types of heavy vehicles, for example, a container carrying heavy vehicle, B-double or semi-trailer.

According to information provided by Transport for NSW, the cameras are also able to track changes in the load.

If a container truck entered a location carrying one container and left with two containers, the platform contains a record of this change.

The cameras are not being used for enforcement; and will not monitor people or private vehicles.

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