Permanent Traffic Monitoring: The Added Value

For over 25 years, the RoadPod® VT tube counter (and its predecessor, the MC5600) has been the standard for monitoring traffic around the world. Robust and reliable, these counters are ideal for a wide range of short-term applications. From regular network surveys through to identifying critical areas that require ongoing monitoring, RoadPod VT is the well-established solution.

However, long-term data collection with tubes is only applicable in certain situations:

  • When monitoring sites with low traffic volume with little heavy vehicle traffic as pneumatic tubes wear out significantly faster in medium/high flow conditions;
  • When remote access is available to verify if the system’s sensors and battery are in order and to download data without having to physically visit the site.

Permanent Traffic Monitoring: Sensors

Recognising the need for continuous data, our product range includes a suite of permanent traffic counters. Designed with accuracy and durability in mind, these systems cater to high volume sites with a large portion of heavy vehicles. Depending on the specifics of your survey location and the desired data, MetroCount offers four different systems:

RoadPod®VT RoadPod®VP RoadPod®VL5810 RoadPod®VL5805
Statistics Volume
Gap and Headway
Gap and Headway
Gap and Headway
Binned Volumes
(5 to 60 min)
Classification Axle-based Axle-based Length-based N/A
Data Detail
Sensors / Lane 2 pneumatic tubes 2 piezoelectric strips 2 inductive loops 1 inductive loop
Sensor Longevity
Sensor Image

If you’re still wondering which permanent systems you should opt for, get in touch with one of our traffic data specialists.

Permanent Traffic Monitoring: Benefits

Permanent monitoring systems with remote access provide a range of benefits to both the available traffic data stream and site maintenance.

Traffic data stream

  • Traffic patterns: only long-term data can provide a significant reference point for year-on-year changes to traffic;
  • Seasonal variation: only year-round data can identify seasonal changes (e.g. weather influences, holiday time);
  • Customised reports: FieldPod®  subscribers regularly receive their raw data along with customised reports.

Low maintenance

FieldPod® enables remote access to sites, completely eliminating the need for routine visits.

  • Effortless data collection: receive traffic data directly to your Inbox;
  • Site diagnostics: verify that your counter is in order from your desk.

Lifetime warranty

Depending upon your selected FieldPod® Plan and options, MetroCount offer a range of lifetime warranty options to cover equipment.

Complimentary MTE Analysis Software

For detailed traffic data analysis, all FieldPod subscribers retain free access to the latest MetroCount Traffic Executive® software.

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