MC3224 Classification Detector

Classification detector acc. to German TLS specification for DIN-rail mounting

The MC3224 loop detector was specifically designed for vehicle detection with classification and speed measurement for traffic data acquisition and traffic management. The detector is designed for DIN-rail mount and includes a complete overvoltage protection module for the inductive loops.

The detector now offers the functions and outstanding features of the SWARCO TRAFFIC SYSTEMS classification detectors in 19" plug in technology also in a DIN rail mount version. Based on the proven and tested MC2224 and the certified CD9054, it includes a complete overvoltage protection module. This integration minimizes the wiring effort and significantly reduces the required space.

The MC3224 classifies the vehicles in (8+1), (5+1) or 2 classes acc. to TLS. The classification 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. The detector can provide the following single-vehicle data via the RS485 interface, depending on the TLS classification version:

Single vehicle data:

vehicle class, speed, length, distance, time of occupancy, time gap, driving direction

2 classes
acc. to TLS:

car-similar vehicles (other vehicles, motorbike, car, van) / HGV-similar vehicles (car with trailer, HGV, HGV with trailer, HGV articulated, bus)

(5+1) classes acc. to TLS:

other vehicles / car group (motorbike, car, van) / car with trailer / HGV / HGV combination / bus

(8+1) classes acc. to TLS:

other vehicles / motorbike / car / van / car with trailer / HGV / HGV with trailer / HGV articulated / bus


  • Acquisition of traffic data in accordance with TLS1/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
  • Serial data transfer via interface
  • 4 Open collector switching outputs for detection signals or optional functions
  • Switching signals depending on vehicle class and/or vehicle speed for the direct control of a VMS with parameterizable blinking frequency and number of light impulses (special version)
  • Single-loop version for traffic data acquisition and vehicle classification with single loops3 for 4 lanes (special version)
  • Maintenance-free
  • Low power consumption
  • Highly-reliable data acquisition, absolutely independent of climatic conditions and insensitive to interferences
  • Automatic alignment, regulation of temperature fluctuations and non-volatile storage of all operating data
  • Easy and space-saving integration due to DIN rail mounting
  • TBUS system: bus system integrated in DIN rail for power supply, RS485 interface and detector synchronization
  • Complete integrated overvoltage protection for inductive loops, no additional components necessary

1 TLS: Technical delivery terms for roadway stations
2 BASt: German federal highway research institute
3 without speed / length measurement and detection of direction

Supply voltage

nominal 24 V DC, range 10 V DC - 38 V DC

Power consumption

max. 25 mA / 0.60 W with 24 V DC


RS485 data interface, service interface at front
(USB adapter type KA-SERVICE_AJ optionally available)

Switching outputs

switching output per channel: Open Collector


DIN rail enclosure; height: 99 mm, length: 114.5 mm, width: 22.5 mm

Operating / storage temperature

-25°C to +80°C / -40°C to +80°C


III (low voltage < 60 V DC)


DIN rail mounting (TS35 EN50022), to be installed in housing or
cabinet with IP54 necessary(pollution degree 2)

Terminal strip

- MSTBT 2.5/4 (top and bottom),

conductor cross-section 0.2 - 2.5 mm2 (AWG 24 - 14)


- TBUS system 1.5/5 (back side),

conductor cross-section 0.2 - 1.5 mm2 (AWG 16 - 14)


- functional grounding via integrated contact and DIN rail

For our classification detectors we offer the following equipment and documentations:

LoopMaster – software for inductive loops



LoopMaster Service Software for loop detectors

Speed-Class Function for the direct control of e.g. optical traffic signs