Video: In the future, no speeder will be able to escape this camera
Speeders beware: A new ‘multi-target photo radar system’ claims to track and report every single violator in its view. The new camera could hit streets in North America as early as 2012.
If you’ve ever been caught speeding by a police laser gun, then you know the irksome feeling of being singled out among a pack of offenders.
If police had their way, they’d nail all the speeders at once. But current photo radar technology can’t track more than one car at a time, and then there’s always the question of the man power required to spot every violator.
But speeders beware, all of that could change in a few months.
A new camera technology, dubbed the “Cordon multi-target photo radar system” distributed by Peak Gain Systems of Maple, Ont., promises to track up to 32 cars across all four lanes of traffic at once.
Using both a wide-angle image and close-ups of every car, the new camera is able to track each licence plate and detect just how fast (or slow) each vehicle is going. A green indicator next to the car means the car is going below the speed limit, yellow means the car is driving within the speed limit, and red highlights a speeder.
See the camera in action below:
All the data is stored on the system’s onboard memory and can be streamed to a centralized database wirelessly for police to view the information in real-time.
And unlike an officer standing at the side of the road, this camera is rather inconspicuous. The small sensor can be mounted at a height of five to eight metres on any roadside object, such as an overhead road sign or light post.
The system is “passing the certification procedure and is about to go into mass production,” said developer Simicon of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Sensors have already been installed in “testing mode” on the streets of St. Petersburg, the company said.
This bit of Big Brother technology hasn’t hit the streets yet in North America, but the camera could be rolled into action as early as next year.
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