|Sun Traps Turn Up The Heat In Abu Dhabi
It can cost anything up to £50,000 for a new speed camera installation. A major part of that cost is the miles of underground wiring that supports the camera.
With this in mind, the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport looked up at the sky one day and thought, hey, we've got a lot of sun here in the desert, why do we need wires when we've got solar energy? Enter the solar powered speed camera.
With guaranteed sunshine throughout the year, Abu Dhabi stands to save a lot of money on installations and make a lot of money in fines.
Stretches of the 327km desert road linking the UAE and Saudi Arabia had once been impossible to monitor because of the lack of electricity.
The National reports today that the first of these cameras have been installed and the road will now be policed by a series of solar-powered devices that transmit information about violations to a central processing centre.
The UAE-Saudi link is renowned as a speeder's paradise, especially with the large proportion of high speed super-cars owned in that area of the World.