Urban traffic-calming with a smart solution

BarrierSystems is a smart access management system for calming traffic in inner cities and securing facilities and public spaces that are worthy of protection. With its smart access management system, BarrierSystems makes a significant contribution to the implementation of modern digital traffic control concepts for smart cities as well as access management solutions for factory premises and thus contributes to increasing the quality of life and safety in inner cities and the convenience of managing access rights in companies.

smart vehicle detection

The system recognizes authorized vehicles using multi-sensor technology and artificial intelligence

Picture: Schematic representation of the right of passage
Free travel for emergency vehicles: With BarrierSystems, barrier systems are controlled depending on the situation and complex access routes are regulated at the individual authorization and vehicle class level. Unauthorized vehicles are not allowed to enter protected areas; authorized vehicles recognized by the system receive automated access.

With the help of a wealth of sensor-based components, as well as artificial intelligence for vehicle and license plate detection and the ability to manage barrier systems online across locations via a central system, regardless of manufacturer, BarrierSystems creates a smart access management system that meets the requirements of modern smart cities.

Smart control

The barrier system can be controlled remotely via the cloud-based ControlHub

With the ControlHub you always have an overview of your municipal barrier systems. The web-based ControlHub serves as a control system for remote maintenance of the barrier systems and for visualizing the situation on site.

For example, the system can be used to record the number of entrances or vehicles in an area and to evaluate traffic flow statistics. The information is displayed as a cumulative representation. Sorted by the respective means of access such as tokens, automatic vehicle recognition or license plate recognition. The dashboard also shows the current status of a barrier system in an overview map.

This allows you to see whether the system is open, closed, whether there is an online connection or whether there is a fault. The main menu of the ControlHub also shows the essential functions clearly. In the event of a malfunction, manual access to the systems remotely is also possible via the ControlHub. Thanks to customer-specific parameterization, it also enables time control of the barrier systems and the granting of permanent or temporary entry permits for individual vehicles. Individual access and authorization management enables use in municipal facilities and access management on factory premises.

BarrierSystems_ControlHub Image: Control Hub interface on desktop and smartphone

Case study

Smart City Karlsruhe (Germany): Urban traffic planning with a smart solution

Growing individual traffic, increasing e-mobility and new threats: our inner cities are transforming into smart cities. When it comes to Smart City, the city of Karlsruhe relies on a smart access management system from BarrierSystems. Together with the city of Karlsruhe, they launched two pilot projects in the third largest city in Baden-Württemberg (state in Germany). The partners installed smart traffic bollards in the Karlsruher Passagehof and in the Karlsruher Zirkel near the market square. These are intended to increase safety and also protect residents from too much noise.

Start as an innovative pilot project in the Karlsruhe Passagehof and Zirkel

At the start of the pilot project with the aim of calming traffic in Karlsruhe city center, existing bollards in the entrance to the Passagehof will be retrofitted with appropriate hardware in order to test the interaction of the smart access systems with existing barrier systems. Another smart bollard system will be built almost at the same time in a circle to create a bicycle route through Karlruhe's city center. With the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in these systems, different vehicle types can be classified automatically. The systems autonomously recognize police or fire engines and control the bollards accordingly so that the emergency vehicles can pass the barrier without delay. Residents can also use license plate recognition to pass through during closed times.
Access management with central monitoring and control components

A central monitoring and control component allows the city to monitor the status of the bollards at any time, to control them or to adjust access permissions for individual vehicles. The project partners pay particular attention to data security: All data collected is only evaluated locally in the barrier system and then immediately deleted.
Pioneer throughout Germany

According to Mayor Albert Käuflein, Karlsruhe is taking on a pioneering role throughout Germany with the smart bollard. One of the main goals of the smart barrier system is to provide greater peace of mind, the AI ​​calms traffic, improves safety and recognizes authorized vehicles such as emergency vehicles and residents' cars. Unauthorized vehicles no longer have the opportunity to enter the street. “This is also intended to put a stop to the car posing that often takes place in the Passagehof,” says Mayor Albert Käuflein at a press conference to introduce the new product. This makes the city of Karlsruhe a pioneer throughout Germany.