Average Speed Cameras Go Digital

by | Nov 10, 2008 | Speed Cameras | 0 comments

Beware of the dreaded SPECS average speed camera, as they’re now going digital.

At the moment average speed cameras work in pairs, and are connected to each other by cables. With new advances in digital technology up to 50 SPECS3 cameras can be linked together using internet cables, giving them the ability to work up to 15 miles apart.

By linking multiple cameras together a complex area can be monitored, so instead of the straight sections of road that are typically installed at the moment the digital network could be set up to watch a residential area with multiple entry and exit points. Digital technology also means no film is required, so unlimited photos can be taken of speeding motorists and costs are reduced.

“The latest cameras will give a more sophisticated edge to cameras than the blunt instrument we have at the moment. Wherever there are average speed cameras, traffic moves at a uniform speed and crashes are reduced.” – Jim Fitzpatrick, Transport Minister

The new digital cameras are expected to receive Home Office approval in January 2009, with installation beginning in the summer at a cost of around £300,000 per network.

With SPECS cameras being undetectable by radar and laser detectors, perhaps now’s a good time to invest in a GPS speed camera detector.

Source: Autocar

Picture: Scarlet Pimpernel

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