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Raytec IR Lighting Protects Estonian Highways

RAYMAX IR illuminators are playing a crucial part in the remote CCTV monitoring of winter road conditions and highway maintenance in Estonia.

The RM50-AI-30 units have been chosen by the Technical Center of Estonian Roads because of their excellent night time performance and ability to function in extreme environmental conditions.

“It’s not just the cold that the RAYMAX illuminators have to withstand”, explains project manager Stan Metlitski. “Estonia is one of the most north-easterly Baltic states so its highway infrastructure has to cope with winter ice, moisture and snow, vibration and turbulence.

In this environment, maintaining reliable CCTV surveillance over key transport routes is vital so the decision was taken to upgrade key road cameras with IR capability, to guarantee effective image capture during hours of darkness”.

“The IR illumination has to be sufficient to cover at least 30m from the point of installation,” says Mr Metlitski.

In fact the RAYMAX units, which feature Raytec’s Adaptive Illumination™ system, offer a wide choice of illumination coverage patterns, from 10 degrees to over 180 degrees, and ranges up to 370m.

Their surface-mount LED design also ensures they have a much longer working life than traditional lamps, delivering even illumination with zero maintenance and no risk of bulb failure. With low power consumption they also cost much less to run, and as Infra-Red units they do not cause any unnecessary light pollution.

“We are delighted that our RAYMAX technology has been chosen for this important application,” says Shaun Cutler, MD of Raytec. “The Technical Center of Estonian Roads is a highly regarded engineering and technical consultancy which tests materials and products for some of the world’s toughest conditions. Their seal of approval for the RM50 is a real testimony to the performance and quality of our products.”

 

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