Vehicle Classification and Speed Measurement

MC2224 DETECTOR Vehicle Classification and Speed Measurement
SWARCO loop detector for vehicles detection with classification and speed measurement for traffic data acquisition and traffic management.


The MC2224 operates with two induction loops per lane, in accordance with TLS specification. Based on the proven and tested MC2024 / CD9054, the detector uses state-of-the-art
measurement methods for highest classification accuracy and detection speed.


  • Acquisition of traffic data in accordance with TLS/ BASt2 for two lanes with speed and length measurement, detection of direction and wrong way drivers with double loop systems, occupancy rate in connection with a controller


The LoopMaster operating program, which is available free of charge, offers extensive loop and detector analysis functions. The trend-setting customizing allows an individual configuration and setting of operating elements and functions.

1 TLS: Technical delivery terms for roadway stations
2 BASt: German federal highway research institute

The MC2224 classifies the vehicles in (8+1), (5+1) or 2 classes acc. to TLS. When TLS loops are used, the classification meets the accuracies required by the German federal highway research institute and is not influenced by e.g. weather conditions. On activation of the directional logic, reports of wrong way drivers can be generated. The vehicle type is determined by means of passing-curves which have characteristic features depending on the different classes and the loop types used.

Via the RS485 bus single-vehicle data is transferred to a controller, which takes over further data aggregation acc. to TLS-specifications. The detector automatically adjusts itself to the attached loop/feed-cable combination. Variations in temperature have no influence on data acquisition.

The measuring systems are permanently checked for short or open loops, only when a definite malfunction is detected, systems are put into a failure condition. If one loop of a TLS double-loop system is disturbed, the remaining loop supplies further data on time of occupancy, time gap and a classification of car-similar and HGV-similar vehicles.

Speeds and vehicle lengths cannot be determined. Short measuring intervals and a new procedure for speed measurement provide for the high accuracy of the measured data and the high detection speed, according to the requirements of the German federal highway research institute.

The detector can provide the following single-vehicle data via the RS485 interface, depending on the TLS classification version:



 Highly Reliable
Data Acquisition


Low Power




Easy and Space-
Saving Integration

Technical Details

Supply voltage

5 V DC +/-5 % (regulated and load-independent)

Power consumption

Max. 90 mA / 0.45 W
(5 V DC, standard switching output Open Collector)


RS485 data interface (plug connector),
RS232 service interface (on front)

Switching outputs

Switching output per channel: Open Collector
Common error output: Open Collector

Optional: electronic relay contact


Height: 128 mm, Length: 190 mm, Width: 20 mm (4 TE),
Optional 40 mm (8 TE)

Operating / storage temperature

-25°C to +80°C / -40°C to +80°C


III (low voltage < 60 V DC)


Plug-in card for 19“ rack, to be installed in housing or cabinet with IP54 necessary
(pollution degree 2)

Terminal strip

DIN 41612, type F: 48-pole strip, 3-row