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News: Essex Has Spent 80000 On Camera Repairs In 5 Years

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Over £80,000 has been spent on repairs to sixteen speed cameras in Essex over the last five years.

According to answers from a Freedom of Information request, over the period, thirteen cameras fell victim to arson attacks and three were damaged by vehicles.

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Posted by rob brady on Thursday, August 17 @ 03:52:50 EDT

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News: New Speed Cameras Catch 23,000

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Eight new speed cameras have ticketed over 23,000 speeders since being switched on last August.

As part of an initial 21 month evaluation, 23,334 drivers were caught breaking the speed limit over the first 12 month period, that's an average of 64 per day.

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Posted by rob brady on Monday, August 14 @ 05:55:47 EDT

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News: Russia testing new GPS electronic warfare system?

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Following a report of ships suffering GPS issues whilst transiting the Black Sea it is believed that the culprit might be Russia, testing a new GPS Spoofing weapon.

Whilst GPS jammers are relatively simple technology available to anyone, GPS spoofing is technically far more difficult and many times more dangerous. A jammer prevents GPS from working at all and it would be obvious to an operator that the GPS was not working correctly whereas spoofing fools the GPS receiver into lying about its current position. It doesn't take much imagination to consider what carnage could result if someone had the ability to alter the reported position of a ship or plane.

On this occasion a ship reported that GPS was locating it 32km off course, at an inland airport. The captain contacted nearby vessels and the confirmed the same issue and same error. More than 20 ships were affected and an incident report was filed.

As yet there has been no confirmation but experts believe this is the first case of GPS spoofing detected in use. In January 2016 a US Navy patrol boat was captured in Iranian waters and it was suspected at the time that Iran may have spoofed GPS. New generation GPS satellites are equipped with more complex encryption in an effort to thwart spoofing attempts but concerns are now rising that this is a new weapon in the arsenal.

Source: US DoT - Marine Administration

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Saturday, August 12 @ 05:24:15 EDT

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News: New Average Speed Cameras Go Live

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Average speed cameras have gone live along the A565, a busy route through Lancashire.

The point-to-point cameras cover a four-mile stretch of the Southport Road under an initiative from The Lancashire Road Safety Partnership.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, August 11 @ 07:05:33 EDT

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News: Derby Man Stole 300 SatNavs

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A cleaner stole £80,000 worth of sat-navs from Toyota's car factory in Derbyshire and sold many of them on eBay.

He took them during his normal cleaning rounds, when the factory was quiet, over a period of six months.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, August 09 @ 06:20:25 EDT

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News: Village Speed Watch Scheme Abandoned

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Community Speedwatch schemes have proved popular over the years with many enthusiastic volunteers across the country joining the movement.

Community Speedwatch is an initiative where local communities join with the support of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, August 04 @ 06:04:25 EDT

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News: 84% Of West Sussex Speed Cameras Out Of Action

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84 percent of the fixed speed cameras in West Sussex are not being used to catch speeding divers.

Figures from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) show that just five of the thirty one fixed speed camera housings in the area were found to be active.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, August 02 @ 06:36:36 EDT

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News: US Watchdog Says More Speed Cameras Needed

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A US government safety watchdog has said that more speed cameras are needed to reduce road fatalities.

US traffic deaths increased by 7 percent to 35,092 in 2015, and look to increase again in 2016, but speeding related crash deaths are reportedly down from over 13,000 in 2006 to 9,557 in 2015.

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Posted by rob brady on Thursday, July 27 @ 08:36:40 EDT

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News: New Permanent Average Speed System Largest In The UK

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The UK’s biggest permanent system of average speed limit enforcement has been completed.

The London scheme encompasses more than 120 ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras at 80 sites on several key arterial roads around the capital, including the A2, A40, A406 (North Circular) and A316.

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, July 25 @ 06:37:02 EDT

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News: Over A Million Drivers Due For Ticket Refund

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A class action lawsuit has been successful in overturning $38.75 million in red light tickets.

Approximately 1.2 million people could be in line for a 50% refund for their fines from the city of Chicago.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, July 21 @ 11:51:41 EDT

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News: TomTom Second Quarter 2017 Results - 160m Euro loss

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TomTom announced their Q2 2017 results this week. The headline figure, a loss of €160m, compared to a profit of €12m in the same period last year and total revenue of €253m (down from €265m in Q2 2016).

TomTom blame disappointing sales in their sports division for lower hardware revenues with the wearables market falling short of expectations. Automotive and licensing revenues are up (€80.7m versus €68m).

The full year outlook is still expected to be within forecast albeit at the lower end of the range. They also announced an intention repurchase ordinary TomTom shares for an amount up to €50 million, representing 2.5% of total issued share capital. The share repurchase is to be used to cover their commitments arising from stock option and share plans.

Unsurprisingly, TomTom state they now want to focus on their automotive, licensing and telematics business which is returning a profit. TomTom are well placed to capitalise on the future migration towards self-driving autonomous vehicles and that market is set to grow sharply as vehicle manufacturers race to incorporate self-driving technology, all of which requires high quality map data.

Source: corporate.tomtom.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, July 21 @ 04:06:58 EDT

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News: Celebrating 40 Years Since the First GPS Signal Was Received

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1977. The year that punk broke. Also on this day in 1977 (19th July) the first GPS signal was received and decoded in Iowa USA. David Van Dusseldorp was working for Rockwell Collins using the 6ft tall receive in the picture above. They subsequently won the contract from the US Airforce to run the NAVSTAR (GPS) user equipment service.

In 40 years the technology has clearly got a lot smaller and it's amazing to see just how much the technology has advanced!

Original article courtesy of GPS World

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Posted by MaFt on Wednesday, July 19 @ 17:26:59 EDT

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News: Sat Nav Sends Zulu Warriors On 200 Mile Detour

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A sat nav has directed an African Zulu Warrior tribe 200 miles out of their way following a wrong input.

They had the correct address on their paperwork, but the incorrect postcode.

A nine-strong dance troupe arrived at a school to give a cultural performance, but realised they should have been at St Anne's in London, not St Anne's, a special needs school, in Yorkshire.

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Posted by rob brady on Monday, July 10 @ 04:12:31 EDT

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News: 60,000 Drivers Get Fines Reinstated

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Over 60,000 motorists who thought they got away with speeding, will now be fined.

The tickets were originally overruled due to a virus that hit speed cameras in Victoria, Australia.

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Posted by rob brady on Saturday, July 08 @ 10:18:56 EDT

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News: ESA has identified problem causing Galileo clocks to fail

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Earlier this year it was reported that atomic clocks, the backbone of navigation signals on the Galileo satellites, were failing at an alarming rate. Of the 18 satellites in operation, nine clocks had failed.

Each Galileo satellite has four clocks, two are traditional rubidium and two are more precise hydrogen maser instruments intended to give Galileo superior performance. Of the nine failures, three were rubidium and six hydrogen maser, one satellite having suffered a failure of two clocks. Although a satellite only needs one working clock to be operational the failures were deeply concerning and the cause needed to be found.

The European Commission said on Monday that investigators had now identified the cause, a faulty component could cause a short circuit, and deployed measures to reduce the possibility of further malfunctions. The component will be replaced on satellites currently in production.

Source: www.esa.int

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, July 07 @ 04:32:28 EDT

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