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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:57 am    Post subject: West Midlands Speed Cameras Go Digital Reply with quote

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A 1.2 million project will give speed cameras in the West Midlands a digital upgrade.

The new cameras will use digital cameras rather than traditional wet film meaning images can be processed immediately and they will not stop functioning when the 200 image film reel has been used.

The upgrade will focus on cameras in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing how public bodies are prepared to squander millions of taxpayers money isn't it. I suppose they will also be powered by a nearby wind farm, generating its expensive electricity at taxpayers' expense.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting - the last news we heard locally was that cameras in Solihull were being switched off...!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that a Somerfield lorry speeding in the picture Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a compact digital olympus camera. One of its annoying features is the delay between pressing the 'shutter' release and the picture actually being taken. I expect the cameras used for law enforcement will be better, but I'm interested in what technology will be used.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But your camera has to focus amongst other things. Speed cams don't.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the delay you experience is not common in mid and high end cameras.

But as M8TJt says, fixed focus point makes a huge difference to the speed and it might even be the case that they use continuous record where the system then saves off those frames that have been triggered by an over speed sensor.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll just add a camera to the list of all the other digital stuff I'll have to get next year...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like the system used here in France - so caller Radar - once flashed it is tranmitted to the local Gendarmerie who poist off the fine etc. No escape!
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