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German firm picked to cut Oman road deaths

Royal Oman Police signs deal with Vitronic for 236 speed, red light enforcement cameras

German firm picked to cut Oman road deaths
One of the first Vitronic speed cameras to be installed on Oman roads.

The Government of Oman has signed contracts with a German company for the delivery of 200 speed cameras as it seeks to curb the number of road deaths in the sultanate.

The Royal Oman Police has chosen Vitronic Machine Vision Middle East and its local partner Imtac for the technology, the first of which was delivered earlier this month.

The deal comes just days after Oman police said that a total of 56 people died in crashes in 10 days over the Eid holidays.

In all, 200 Poliscan speed cameras and 36 Poliscan red light enforcement cameras will be delivered to a "strict schedule".

"This is a clear signal from the Oman that it is investing in state-of-the-art traffic enforcement technology and is serious about improving road safety," a statement said.

"We are now using Poliscan in six large regions on the Arabian Peninsula," said Youssef El Hansali, CEO of Vitronic Machine Vision Middle East.

"Along with Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha, our systems are now deployed in the Muscat region as well. And our efforts are making an impact. The number of people killed in traffic accidents in these regions has fallen considerably over the last few years. This is in no small part thanks to our systems."

Some of the cameras will replace older devices which are being phased out in Oman while others will be installed in new locations.

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