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Now that you have found us we hope you will find our forums a friendly and helpful place to ask questions and receive answers. With over 450,000 registered users, we have one of the busiest satnav forums.

We offer unbiased reviews of all manner of GPS devices and you can be sure that we have tested every device we review, no PR re-hashes here, just honest opinions and in-depth experience from our team of respected editors and moderators.

We also produce the PocketGPSWorld Speed Camera Database, a speed camera warning service compatible with a huge range of satnavs. It is the most comprehensive database of its kind and now covers 40 countries. Don't take our word for it, take a wander through our forums and see what our customers think of our database and our service. Their feedback is better than any marketing spiel we can come up with.

And finally, don't be afraid to ask, if you need satnav help, want to install speed camera alerts, or just need advice on a purchase, we're here to help. Don't be shy, just head to the forums.

News: Arianespace prepares for VS12 launch on September 10th

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The latest two Galileo satellites have been fuelled at the french Guiana Spaceport in preparation for the forthcoming launch attempt scheduled for September 10th.

The two satellites will be launched on flight VS12, "12" marking the twelfth Arianespace launch using the medium-lift Soyuz rocket launcher.

The satellites were built at OHB's facilities in Bremen, Germany and use a navigation payload designed and built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd in the UK. They will become satellite numbers 5 and 6 in the Full Operational Capability (FOC) phase of the Galileo constellation which will eventually number 30 satellites.

Orbiting at an altitude of 23,300 km, Galileo will provide high-quality and high-accuracy positioning and timing services and is designed to be fully interoperable with the US GPS and Russian Glonass services.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, August 27 @ 13:12:01 EDT

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News: Hate potholes? Google may have a solution for that

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Google has submitted a patent for the monitoring and reporting of road quality. The patent describes a system that makes use of sensors and GPs to identify poor road surfaces and provide routes that avoid potholes etc.

On the face of it the idea is a simple one but if you've ever suffered a puncture or wrecked wheel due to a pothole then this could prove very useful. The only issue I foresee is that the UK's roads are now so littered with potholes that finding an alternative route may prove difficult!

Source: freepatentsonline.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, August 27 @ 12:32:42 EDT

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News: Average Speed Cameras To Be Introduced Following 9 Deaths

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Following nine fatalities in the last 15 years, it has been decided to install average speed cameras on a dangerous South Wales road.

Six cameras will operate over two 40mph stretches between Gowerton and Penclawdd and Llanmorlais and Llanrhidian. It is anticipated that they will be operational before Christmas.

A spokesman for Swansea Council said, "A number of different traffic calming measures have previously been introduced to encourage motorists to drive responsibly. However motorists are still driving too fast and we need to act to prevent further tragic accidents happening."

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Posted by rob brady on Thursday, August 27 @ 06:53:06 EDT

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Articles: This Week's Subscriber Awards

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Every time we release the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database we award those subscribers whose reports met our qualifying criteria a FREE 1 year membership to the site. We will publish the user-names of those who achieved the award following each release.

Of the 24 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (13.083) congratulations are due for the following 5 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

callmeOzzy, iced, snoopers5, sussamb, Vikingr.


Three users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 16 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: CA_0313202951, citron, DefenderBLACK, DennisN, hudsonl, marksfish, mike170469, mostdom, neonline, Sallet, shires999, Shush59, Siggy101, ttrevor, TuppyTrucker, worried.

Our thanks to those who support the database and continue to report sites and locations, this is the reward, and for those who prefer to steal and abuse the service, read this thread. We WILL detect you.
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Posted by maft on Thursday, August 27 @ 05:45:06 EDT

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Subscribers: The PocketGPSWorld.com CamerAlert Speed Camera Database Has Just Been Updated!

Speed Cameras


Version 13.084 - 26 Aug 2015

This sees 47 static and mobile speed cameras added/removed/modified across the various speed camera databases. Please keep submitting all sightings of mobile speed cameras so we can keep our database up to date with active sites. Apparently-inactive sites are regularly removed from the database (note that these do not get included in the total above).

Please click here for the full breakdown of country, speed camera type and number. All members submitting qualifying reports of static/mobile speed cameras will be credited with their subscription awards by 17:00 27 Aug 15.

Dont forget our RSS feed which is updated every time we release the speed camera database. Simply right click on the RSS image and select copy shortcut, then post the link into your favourite RSS reader.

You can submit new speed camera locations or submit changes to current cameras by following this link to the submission page and you can download the database via this link.

A beginner's guide to the speed camera database can be found here, and some installation instructions for most units can be found here.

Please watch for further announcements on the homepage or sign up to our weekly newsletter alerts which carry full details of future speed camera database releases. The newsletter signup box is located on the top left of all site pages. Your privacy is important to us, we do not sell on your email details.
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Posted by maft on Wednesday, August 26 @ 14:44:29 EDT

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News: Pedestrians Caught Speeding By Camera

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In the same week that Banksy put Weston-Super-Mare firmly on the map with his Dismaland "festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism", something that would most likely appeal to the surveillance hating artist's sense of mischief has also been amusing the Somerset seaside town.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, August 26 @ 08:39:19 EDT

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News: Privacy Concern Throws Doubt On Speed Camera Tickets

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Most fixed speed cameras have been called illegal in Belgium by its official Privacy Commission.

The Commission says that the great majority of what is referred to as "stationary police radar cameras" are illegal as they are in violation of their privacy laws.

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Posted by rob brady on Saturday, August 22 @ 05:18:46 EDT

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News: Mobile Speed Camera Catches 157mph Driver

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A driver has been caught doing 157mph by police officers using a mobile speed camera.

The motorist, 43-year-old Jason Barnard from Watford, was driving a BMW 5 Series on the A46 at Swinderby in Lincolnshire - a 70mph dual carriageway.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, August 21 @ 10:47:27 EDT

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Subscribers: This Week's Subscriber Awards

Free Subscriptions!
Every time we release the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database we award those subscribers whose reports met our qualifying criteria a FREE 1 year membership to the site. We will publish the user-names of those who achieved the award following each release.

Of the 26 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (13.083) congratulations are due for the following 9 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

CAA_0906222404, cottonsocks, iced, JPV, Nemesis1, ReginaldPerrin, robbyc, simonk1969, sussamb.


Four users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 13 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: astonmw007, bw2020, CA_0313202951, Cirieno, DennisN, disco1974, dorsetbred, n_golding, PhilHornby, RPB, spoon246, stuart, ucdu.

Our thanks to those who support the database and continue to report sites and locations, this is the reward, and for those who prefer to steal and abuse the service, read this thread. We WILL detect you.
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Posted by maft on Thursday, August 20 @ 09:24:23 EDT

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News: Why does GPS show the Prime Meridian in the wrong place?

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Sticking with the subject of maps and datums, a frequently asked question is why GPS does not show the Prime Meridian at Greenwich as zero? This issue also occurs in Google Maps, with both claiming the Meridian is about 100m to the east. But why?

The differences occur because when the longitude was first calculated, the Earth was assumed to be perfectly round whereas it's actually an oblate spheroid, which means it's fatter at the equator.

The error that resulted from this went unnoticed until the late 1960's when the first satellites were launched. A receiver was mounted on the roof of the Greenwich Observatory and calculations showed that an offset of 5.54" existed thanks to the more accurate calculations that were possible. This offset has since been incorporated into the WGS84 datum.

It's largely elementary now unless you're a tourist in Greenwhich park, or a guide at the observatory!

Source: Royal Observatory

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, August 20 @ 06:49:19 EDT

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News: China maps out of alignment in Google

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A number of sites and blogs have flagged an alignment issue in Google maps of China recently. Presumably sparked by searches to locate Tianjin, the location of the huge explosions last week.

If you view a map of China and overlay it on Google Earth you can quickly see that all the roads and streets are offset from their actual locations. It's even more obvious when you compare a Google Earth view over the border with Hong Kong where the alignments is correct on the Hong King side (as per the headline image above).

So why is this happening? The simple answer is - China. China requires that any mapping of its country observe the GCJ-02 coordinate system rather than WGS-84 used in the rest of the world. This uses an algorithm that offsets the map by random amounts. Google adheres to this requirement as it has a Chinese presence.

Why China insists on this is presumably down to security concerns. China has strict regulations regarding the creation of maps that are used in the country with severe punishments for anyone who flouts them.

Source: Google.com/maps

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, August 20 @ 06:21:11 EDT

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Articles: The PocketGPSWorld.com CamerAlert Speed Camera Database Has Just Been Updated!

Speed Cameras


Version 13.083 - 19 Aug 2015

This sees 35 static and mobile speed cameras added/removed/modified across the various speed camera databases. Please keep submitting all sightings of mobile speed cameras so we can keep our database up to date with active sites. Apparently-inactive sites are regularly removed from the database (note that these do not get included in the total above).

Please click here for the full breakdown of country, speed camera type and number. All members submitting qualifying reports of static/mobile speed cameras will be credited with their subscription awards by 17:00 20 Aug 15.

Dont forget our RSS feed which is updated every time we release the speed camera database. Simply right click on the RSS image and select copy shortcut, then post the link into your favourite RSS reader.

You can submit new speed camera locations or submit changes to current cameras by following this link to the submission page and you can download the database via this link.

A beginner's guide to the speed camera database can be found here, and some installation instructions for most units can be found here.

Please watch for further announcements on the homepage or sign up to our weekly newsletter alerts which carry full details of future speed camera database releases. The newsletter signup box is located on the top left of all site pages. Your privacy is important to us, we do not sell on your email details.
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Posted by maft on Wednesday, August 19 @ 10:15:24 EDT

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News: Mobile Phone And Seat Belt Infringements Targeted

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Motorists who use a mobile phone whilst driving are not only risking their lives and the lives of others, but also risk being caught by mobile speed cameras.

Lancashire Police have confirmed that its mobile speed camera team are on the look out for drivers who use their phone when they should be concentrating on the road. They are also targeting those who choose not to wear a seat belt.

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Posted by rob brady on Sunday, August 16 @ 08:40:24 EDT

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News: Villager Defends Fake Speed Camera

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A local who is tired of motorists speeding through the village of Knockin, north-west Shropshire has erected a fake speed camera.

He has positioned a cardboard box, painted yellow, on a post outside his house on the B4396.

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Posted by rob brady on Thursday, August 13 @ 08:39:48 EDT

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Subscribers: This Week's Subscriber Awards

Free Subscriptions!
Every time we release the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database we award those subscribers whose reports met our qualifying criteria a FREE 1 year membership to the site. We will publish the user-names of those who achieved the award following each release.

Of the 31 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (13.082) congratulations are due for the following 11 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

islandhoppers, majorimpact, mcollyer, Nemesis1, potatoguru, rogersouth, shepheap, simonk1969, snoopers5, sussamb, willyone.


Eleven users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 9 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: CrunchieBite, DennisN, greeningr, karaulanov, Molemann, Quinny1, Siggy101, spajohn, spoon246.

Our thanks to those who support the database and continue to report sites and locations, this is the reward, and for those who prefer to steal and abuse the service, read this thread. We WILL detect you.
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Posted by maft on Thursday, August 13 @ 08:24:41 EDT

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