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News: Millions Monitored For Mobiles

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We all know that most speed cameras come with warning signs to let drivers know they have to slow down - but new cameras in New South Wales, Australia come with no such warnings.

They are designed to catch motorists who use their mobile phone whilst driving, but they will also catch speeders.

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Posted by rob brady on Sunday, September 22 @ 12:53:00 UTC

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News: GPS Block 3 - The Future Of Navigation

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The US Global Positioning System (GPS) has been in operation since 1993 and has had regular technology updates in the intervening years as older models are retired ands new ones take their place.

Currently GPS Block II satellites form the backbone of the constellation but GPS Block III will take things to a new level of accuracy, albeit at an eye watering cost of $529m to build each one.

Three times more accurate, 25% longer on duty lifespan, interoperability with EU's Galileo, Japan's QZSS and China's Beidou and an encrypted and jam resistant M-Code signal available to the US military.

There are currently two GPS III satellites on orbit and undergoing testing and validation, another due for launch in Jan 2020 and the remaining seven are expected to be operational by 2023.

Source: lockheedmartin.com



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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, September 20 @ 09:33:14 UTC

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News: Speed Cameras Ensure Blackspot Compliance

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Driver behaviour has improved dramatically since average speed cameras were introduced on a "notorious Edinburgh blackspot".

The Old Dalkeith Road has seen a substantial reduction in speeding since the installation of the point-to-point devices. Their presence has seen many more drivers sticking to the 30mph limit.

Since their activation, only two vehicles per day were recorded speeding from October 2017 to June 2019 - previously three in every five vehicles were speeding along that particular stretch.

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Posted by rob brady on Saturday, September 07 @ 12:54:05 UTC

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News: More 20MPH Limits Coming To London

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The Mayor, Mayor Sadiq Khan has approved another 5.5 miles of 20mph limit roads in the central London.

The changes will come to Victoria Embankment, Albert Embankment, Millbank, Blackfriars Road, Upper and Lower Thames Street, Lambeth bridge and Lambeth Palace Road, Aldgate Gyratory and Tooley Street at London Bridge station - all major London roads.

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Posted by rob brady on Saturday, September 07 @ 12:29:57 UTC

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News: Northumbrian Mobiles Snare 17,000 So Far This Year

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Northumbria Police have said that almost 17,000 motorists have been caught speeding by their mobile speed camera operation since the beginning of the year.

They used six devices to capture 16,794 drivers.

Just one of the cameras, on a 30mph stretch of the A191, was successful in catching 5,027.

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Posted by rob brady on Saturday, September 07 @ 12:12:11 UTC

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News: Trial Cameras Stop Racers

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Average speed cameras, which cover a stretch of the A10 from Cheshunt to Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, were first installed in July 2106 on a trial basis to help stop illegal street racing.

It's now reported, perhaps unsurprisingly, that the racing has stopped and the devices were such a success that they have now been upgraded and made permanent.

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Posted by rob brady on Saturday, August 31 @ 12:32:42 UTC

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News: No More Signs Despite Continuous Problems

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It is not the most unusual of headlines: 'Lorry Gets Stuck in Narrow Lane' - lorries get stuck in narrow lanes all the times - it happened with drivers following their paper atlas and now it's happening with them following their sat-nav instructions.

What is still up for debate though is the signage. Huge amounts of money are being wasted rescuing hapless drivers on well-known narrow stretches when surely all that is need is better signage.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, August 30 @ 11:00:46 UTC

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News: Garmin's Overlander All terrain Sat-Nav Now Available

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Garmin's Overlander, a rugged all-terrain sat-nav that was first unveiled back in May, is now available to purchase.

Firmly aimed at those planning a serious road trip or overland expedition, Overlander comes with preloaded street maps and turn by turn directions for Europe, the Middle East and Africa plus top map data for the same regions for off-road navigation.

A comprehensive POI package includes campsites and wild campgrounds POIs, ACSI, Campercontact, Trailer's PARK and iOverlander information. In addition, support for pairing with inReach Satellite Communications is provided and an integrated pitch and roll display is available alongside a compass, barometer and altimeter.

The 7" TFT display has a resolution of 1024 x 800 and supports multi-touch. The powered magnetic mount comes with both a suction mount and a RAM ball-mount adapter and the package has a RRP of £599.99.

Source: Garmin.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, August 30 @ 08:17:19 UTC

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News: Speed Camera Campaign Successful

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Following a long campaign, new speed cameras are likely to be installed on the A52 near Nottingham.

Highways England are set to install the average speed cameras to monitor a 40 mph stretch of road from Bramcote Island to Priory Roundabout.

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Posted by rob brady on Sunday, August 25 @ 13:07:32 UTC

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News: Dozens Of Brand New French Cameras Damaged

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Dozens of new, supposedly vandal-proof speed cameras in France have been put out of use by supporters of the country's “yellow vest” revolt.

Almost three quarters of France's existing speed cameras have been trashed recently, so the French government took the opportunity to replace them with what they say are more efficient devices.

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Posted by rob brady on Sunday, August 25 @ 12:46:15 UTC

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News: More Average Speed Cameras On Way

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It seems that every week there are new average speed cameras being announced.

This time, new devices are on the way between Carlisle and Newcastle. Following a safety review, they will be installed within the next two months.

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Posted by rob brady on Sunday, August 25 @ 12:19:48 UTC

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News: UK Seeks Alliance For SatNav Rival

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The UK is asking its partners in the 'Five Eyes' alliance for help in launching its own satnav system following the loss of its participation in the Galileo project as a consequence of Brexit.

UK Space Agency officials have held talks with colleagues in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK to seek financial and technology support and has already spent more than £1bn. The project could cost more as much as £5bn to complete.

Ah those sunlit uplands.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, August 23 @ 08:37:02 UTC

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News: Last Delta IV Launched A GPS III Yesterday

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The last Delta IV rocket launched a GPS III satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral yesterday.

In a 17-year run totalling 29 launches, the United launch Alliance Delta IV has proved itself a stalwart launcher and the occasion of its last ever launch was used to loft the second of the fleet of GPS III next generation satellites into orbit.

GPS III includes a number of enhancements including new civilian and military signals to provide redundancy and anti-jamming as well as a safety of life signal similar to that incorporated into Galileo.

BAE Systems new RAD750 Single Board Computer will provide onboard processing in radiation hardened package.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, August 23 @ 08:25:50 UTC

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News: Iran Accused of GPS Jamming in Strait of Hormuz

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Amidst ongoing tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, vessels have now been warned that GPS interference and other communications jamming may be encountered.

Two incidents so far have reported GPS jamming. The US believe Iran is the source using jamming hardware located on the island of Abu Musa, at the eastern entrance to the strait.

An American official said that Iran is attempting to trick vessels into straying into Iranian controlled waters where they would then be seized.

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has now issued a formal warning to shipping and advising masters to ensure their AIS (Automatic Identification System) is transmitting, submit detailed transit planes before entering the area as well as advise on what to do if Iranian forces attempt to board.

Source: maritime.dot.gov



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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, August 16 @ 08:16:55 UTC

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News: Over 2,500 Caught By New Speed Cameras

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A Freedom of Information request to the Devon and Cornwall Police has revealed that large numbers of motorists are being caught out by new average speed cameras.

Over 2,500 speeding drivers have been ticketed in the first 100 days of point-to-point devices going live on the South Devon Highway. 500 were caught in the first week alone.

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Posted by rob brady on Thursday, August 08 @ 19:32:05 UTC

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