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11/11/2019

Traffic Applications – Practical Tips When Specifying Lighting

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are a combination of advanced information and communication technologies used in transportation and traffic management systems to enhance the efficiency, safety and sustainability of transportation networks. When designing a lighting solution for Intelligent Transport Systems there are various factors which need to be taken into consideration. Filtering these factors into the overall design helps to deliver the correct optical and lighting set up to capture a number plate effectively. In this article, we give you some practical tips to help you achieve the perfect solution. Distance... Read More

05/11/2019
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Raytec IR Captures Beaver Antics

Raytec’s VARIO2 IR illuminators have been used to capture the antics of a pair of beavers who are helping to reduce the risk of flooding using their dam-building skills. Achieving exceptional images, the footage has since been used for BBC’s ‘The One Show’ (which will be aired in early 2020). The Challenge  Freelance producer, Wildlife on Film, work closely with wildlife trusts, environmental agencies and the BBC to provide effective wildlife footage for documentaries and educational content. The aim of this particular project involved monitoring beavers to study how they can help with flood management.... Read More

24/10/2019
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Constant vs. Pulsed – See PULSESTAR in Action

Pulsed LED technology delivers a significant boost in illuminator performance compared to equivalent, non-pulsed illuminators. Watch our latest video to see for yourself the outstanding performance of our PULSESTAR illuminators in a typical ANPR/LPR application. PULSESTAR can also provide a prolonged illuminator lifetime and deliver significant energy savings for your intelligent transport system. Explore the PULSESTAR range.

18/10/2019
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Raytec Triumph in North East Awards

We’re delighted to announce that we have won the ‘Export Award’ for Insider’s annual ‘Made in the North East Awards’.  This annual award ceremony recognises and rewards the excellence of the North East’s manufacturing sector, displaying the incredible achievements of the innovative and forward-thinking businesses in the North-East. This great achievement showcases how proud we’re to manufacturer and export our products from the North East of England. “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award for our Export performance.  Every Raytec product is manufactured in the UK and it gives... Read More

13/09/2019
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Application Focus: Critical Infrastructure

Raytec are the lighting experts for Critical Infrastructure supplying both our security and hazardous products. These sites are essential for the functions of everyday life, so it is highly important they are kept secure. Also, due to the high-risk nature of some of these sites, our hazardous range plays an important role as our products can withstand harsh environments. An example of this application would be civil nuclear sites. Our products provide a complete solution: Subject matter experts as Raytec have worked across various critical Infrastructure sites, a large one... Read More

12/09/2019
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VARIO2 Used to Monitor Insect Flight Patterns

Raytec’s IR illuminators have been installed across several universities in and around Germany, providing the perfect the solution for a research project monitoring the flight patterns of insects. The Challenge For Noldus Information Technology, who develop and deliver innovative solutions for the analysis of animal behaviour, this particular project involved conducting research into the orientation and the flight patterns of insects. With the insects’ body and wings reflecting Infra-Red, a polycarbonate tracking chamber was designed consisting of black Infra-Red absorbing walls. Combining this with an IR illumination system would allow... Read More

02/09/2019

Constant vs. Pulsed – Which Is Best for Transport Applications

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are a combination of advanced information and communication technologies used in transportation and traffic management systems to enhance the efficiency, safety and sustainability of transportation networks. Lighting is an essential part of an effective transport system, but when designing your Intelligent Transport System, you need to consider what ‘type’ of lighting suits your project. There are two different approaches: ‘constant’ and ‘pulsed’ illumination. In this article, we will explore both types of lighting. Constant Illumination – this is when a light is switched on 100% of the... Read More

31/07/2019
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New 730nm: The wavelength for Driver and Passenger Recognition

Raytec are delighted to launch VARIO2 730nm illuminators, a breakthrough product in the transport sector. The ability to identify drivers and passengers through a windscreen is becoming an increasing demand in transport applications around the world. Capturing a high quality, clear image inside the vehicle requires significantly more light than a typical ANPR/LPR application. This needs to be considered when choosing the correct wavelength. After testing various wavelengths of light to see how they compare (read full article here) we have identified that 730nm provides the best results and allows... Read More

30/07/2019
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New Webinar: Seeing Through Windscreens – Lighting for Intelligent Transport Systems

With transport systems becoming more and more advanced, our latest webinar will provide insight and advice on how to get great images for driver and passenger recognition applications. We’ll also address some the challenges of seeing through windscreens and how you can overcome them. The webinar will cover; • The growing trend of being able to see through the vehicle windscreen. • Challenges of seeing through the windscreen. • How to achieve the best results and boost performance. • 730nm: using different wavelengths to get results.     We have... Read More

25/07/2019
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PULSESTAR: A Closer Look

Have you ever wondered how a pulsed illuminator integrates directly with the camera? The lighting pulse of PULSESTAR can be easily synced with the camera shutter via a digital input to ensure maximum light levels precisely when necessary. Pulsed LED technology delivers significant boosts in illuminator performance compared to equivalent non-pulsed illuminators when used in combination with fast shutter cameras. Watch our video to see how PULSESTAR operates. EXPLORE THE RANGE