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TfNSW installs freight cameras in western regions

TfNSW has continued the installation of its state-of-the-art cameras that aim to assist in the long-term planning of NSW’s movement of goods

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is now targeting New South Wales’ south-west for its machine-learning camera technology trial. 

More of the world-first cameras are set to be installed at the Cobb and Sturt Highways intersection in Hay, Silver City Highway in Wentworth and on the Barrier Highway in Broken Hill. 

So far, more than 20 of these cameras have been installed across NSW, with TfNSW most recently stationing them in north-west towns Denman, Nyngan and Cobar. It comes after TfNSW initially targeted the north and south regions of NSW. 

The machine-learning technology is currently being trialed by TfNSW and aims to help it better understand freight movements to reduce congestion, improve road safety outcomes and encourage more efficient deliveries across the state. 

High-definition photos of heavy vehicles are taken by the cameras before they are then classified into the type of vehicle in transit and the type of cargo being transported. 

The solar-powered camera is seen as another tool that can be used to help manage NSW’s increasing freight volumes, which are expected to increase by 28 per cent by 2036 over a 2018 baseline. 

TfNSW says the information provided by these cameras on heavy vehicles will help it better understand freight movements as it aims to assist the long-term planning for the movement of goods in NSW. 

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