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SLOW DOWN: Speeding cameras around the world

With the RTA reconsidering the speed limits on roads across the Fujairah and Al Ain city roads, Kipp looks at some of the speeding cameras around the world.

June 26, 2012 5:11 by

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    Can you imagine a series of parallel rubber strips on the road that can detect if you are speeding? Well, it is true. Although difficult to spot, these rubber strips can be seen in Dubai city roads. These rubber strips can calculate your speed as you pass over them via a post, on the side of the road, which is plugged  to mobile camera (which is usually in a car near the spot )to take photo of the driver. Sometimes the rubber strips can be found on both sides of the road and sometimes only on one.

  • Speed Safety Cameras

    They operate from the side of the road tracking traffic for speed and distance. Tracking starts at 150 metres and vehicles exceeding the speed limit trigger the system to flash at a set report line. A picture is taken of the violating vehicle and stored with time, date, speed, and location in the file. The latest Sensys SSS model is seen in most of the roads in Dubai city and on every 2 kilometres on highways.

  • Gatso Speed Cameras 

    Most commonly found fixed on the sides of roads in Australia and many European countries. These rear-facing devices use radar technology. The radar gets triggered by a vehicle travelling over a threshold speed, which causes the camera to flash twice as the photos of the offending vehicle are taken. The time between the photos is often 0.5s for higher speed roads and 0.7s for lower speed roads. Powerful double flash of the camera illuminates the vehicles registration license plate as well as the calibration lines on the road, and the driver’s details are stored in a file.

  • Truvelo Speed Cameras 

    These are forward facing static speed detection system that use sensors embedded in the road, and are designed to measure speed by taking a picture of the front of the vehicle and driver. A Truvelo camera uses an infra red flash so there is no visible flash when the driver is snapped. In Scandinavian countries, Germany and Switzerland the facial identity is very important to prosecute the offender for speed/traffic light offence, and these cameras do justice to that.

  • SPECS speed cameras

    These are one of the most common speed camera types, located on overhead gantries and cantilevers that stretch across the road. They measure the speed of the vehicle by creating a preset speed-controlled zone (and not just at the site of a speed camera installation.) Since they use the Speed Violation Detection system (or SPEedCheck Services) they use a video system of 2 infra red illuminator-embedded video cameras that use Automatic Number Plate Reading (ANPR) technology to get the details of the number plate and also get a snapshot of the driver’s face. These cameras are used in many countries, such as UAE, India and USA.

  • Mobile Speed Cameras

    A variety of mobile and hand-held devices are being by police to catch speeding motorists. These systems include; Mini-Gatso, TSS system, Teletraffic (laser guns.) Teletraffic, for example, can be set up in a vehicle (a police patrol car) or can be manually held. These guns are aimed at the vehicle number plate to detect speeding traffic from a distance of 1000 meters using a laser technology, which is then recorded on video film with the associated speed. This system is best used for tackling lengths of road. The mobile camera systems can be found in the most unexpected places, such as within police vans, embedded in the wheels of cars parked along roadsides, on police motorcycles and behind small topiaries or shrubs along the pavements.

  • Multinova Speed Camera

    These small portable speed cameras are used extensively in Western Australia. The radar-based Multinova speed camera systems, especially the 6F-2, can take 4 or 5 speed readings before snapping the vehicle and has the ability to take up to 3 photos per second using a fast motor drive camera system (which can take more photos per hour than other devices, except for Poliscan Speed cameras.) They can be installed in just about any manner you can imagine, including being mounted on a pole, or a box, built-in to a vehicle, and many other forms.

  • Komoto Speed Cameras

    They are popular in many countries, and are most prevalent in Asia including Singapore, Taiwan and Japan, where they can be found on highways. The Komoto speed camera system uses a combination of medium resolution cameras, automatic license plate recognition, high-speed infrared strobe for number plate recognition and in some cases radar. They are able to create speed-controlled zones and are efficient in that they can utilise existing traffic and highway observation systems by detecting all vehicles on the road, regardless of the lane they are speeding in.



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