New speed cameras trap motorists from space

Reply Fri 23 Apr, 2010 11:16 am


The cameras, which combine number plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver, are similar to those used in roadworks.

The AA said it believed the new system could cover a network of streets as opposed to a straight line, and was “probably geared up to zones in residential areas.”

The `SpeedSpike’ system, which calculates average speed between any two points in the network, has been developed by PIPS Technology Ltd, an American-owned company with a base in Hampshire.

Details of the trials are contained in a House of Commons report. The company said in its evidence that the cameras enabled "number plate capture in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day". It also referred to the system's "low cost" and ease of installation.

The system could be used for "main road enforcement for congestion reduction and speed enforcement", and could help to "eliminate rat-runs" and cut speeds outside schools, it added. It could also reduce the need for speed humps.

The development of speed cameras has raised concerns about expanding state surveillance.

The Home Office said it was unable to comment on the trials because of "commercial confidentiality".

The AA said it would watch the system “carefully” but it did not believe there was anything sinister. “It is a natural evolution of the technology that is out there,” a spokesman said.

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Reply Sat 3 Jul, 2010 07:37 am
Thanks for the report, looks like with each passing day there is another scam developed for companies to bring in outrageous amounts of wealth while at the same time doing the minimal amount of work, all at the expense of the common man. The American way
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Reply Sat 3 Jul, 2010 07:53 am
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Reply Sat 3 Jul, 2010 08:21 am
Yeah, that's bad news for me for I was born to accelerate - especially now coming back from the Autobahn.
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ebrown p
Reply Sat 3 Jul, 2010 02:27 pm
Gosh! I didn't even know there were motorists from space.
Walter Hinteler
Reply Sat 3 Jul, 2010 02:45 pm
@ebrown p,
Well, actually CJ is from Bavaria. But that's in the neighbourhood from space anyway.
Reply Sat 3 Jul, 2010 03:19 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Hah Walter!! You did get the latest school studies where Bavaria has the
smartest students? They're way ahead of all the other "Bundeslaender".
Walter Hinteler
Reply Sat 3 Jul, 2010 03:58 pm
That's NOW Wink
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