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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:28 am    Post subject: The ultimate speed camera, an ASSET to road safety? Reply with quote

Advanced Safety and Driver Support for Essential Road Transport.

Even the most law-abiding driver might feel a shiver down the spine when spotting this speed camera at the roadside.

As well as detecting speeding, this trailer is packed with gizmos that check number plates against police databases to make sure your insurance and tax are up to date.

It also measures the distance between vehicles to spot tailgating and takes pictures of the inside of the car to make sure you are wearing a seat belt.

The trailer-mounted device - the first to detect multiple offences at the same time - is connected to police computers via GPS and can instantly process prosecutions.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/02/speed-camera-five-offences
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:00 am    Post subject: Re: The ultimate speed camera, an ASSET to road safety? Reply with quote

icsys wrote:
is connected to police computers via GPS and can instantly process prosecutions.

GPS is a one way transmission from space to the receivers, it cannot be used to pass information back to somewhere else, I think it should read:

"is connected to police computers via GPRS and can instantly process prosecutions." notice the small change.

With some areas having inadequate funds to run the existing camera network and certain others reducing the numbers of cameras again to reduce costs, one has to wonder where the funding to pay for a contraption like this is going to come from - Mike
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

D'ye know, I've read that article several times and for the life of me I can see no reference to connecting to police computers (be it GPS or GPRS) and no reference to instantly processing prosecutions. I shudder gone to specsavers I suppopse. Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"icsys wrote....." Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy_P wrote:
"icsys wrote....." Wink
Ah, but is he as reliable as the Daily Mail?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally found a picture of it in the Sun. It seems a smallish trailer towed behind a car, and the detection equipment is quite compact and not immediately obvious as a camera(s). It's going to be a challenge to spot it.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/motors/3209449/Speed-camera-can-spot-motorists-committing-five-offences-at-the-same-time.html
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good. the more untaxed (ergo uninsured) drivers who are off the road, the better. likewise those not wearing seatbelts and/or talking on mobile phones.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It should really read 'is connected to police computers via SATELLITE LINK and can instantly process prosecutions', but the reliable? Daily Mail article does make (incorrect) reference to GPS along with a nice close up picture of the trailer and equipment.

Note I posted this article at 1.30am this morning whilst feeling a touch tired.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would expect it to use GPS in order to record where it was and more importantly an accurate traceable time stamp but not for much else - Mike
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't see anything that looks like a satellite phone aerial in the picture, but that is not conclusive.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll bet it "communicates" just like the present arrangements, namely a plod or equivalent sitting in that towing vehicle with a radio link to others up the road, the only difference this setup captures not one but several offences - just another variation on ANPR if you ask me.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the official website of the ASSET project.

If this gets off the ground after trials it could even include Thermal Imaging cameras - Monitoring the safety status of critical vehicle components like brakes, bearings and wheels. This appears to be aimed mainly at HGVs.

Trials continue until 2012 with the first live cameras expected to be deployed in Europe sometime in 2013.

It is being funded by the EU
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you could get a letter that might say: "You are being prosecuted for tail-gating and not wearing a seat-belt. PS your nearside rear tyre could use a bit of air'.
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