By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Technology
The Cordon multi-target photo radar system can keep tabs on as many as 32 vehicles moving along on a four lane highway.
More and more, it's starting to feel like the days where the absence of police meant drivers can skirt traffic laws are nearing an end. For instance, we all know about red light cameras that snap photographs of traffic signal violators. Now brace yourself for a revolutionary surveillance camera that can track how fast cars are moving -- in real time.
The Cordon multi-target photo radar system can keep tabs on as many as 32 vehicles moving along on a four lane highway using sensors that measure the speed of cars as they come in and out of the frame and recording their license plate numbers. Built-in infrared radar enables the technology to work 24 hours a day and the system can be networked to stream the data continuously to a central database via 3G, WiMAX or Wi-Fi.
There are currently speed enforcement photo cameras operating in some states, though the radar can't track more than one vehicle at a time. And as you can see from the demonstration video, nothing says verifiably caught in the act than a clear identification and real-time speed reading superimposed on your vehicle. Also, it doesn't only go after speedsters. The system can catch drivers sneaking into bus lanes or driving the wrong way thanks to integrated GPS technology that monitors a car's coordinates.
The radar camera system isn't scheduled to debut in North American streets until 2012, so drivers with a heavy foot do have some time to repent and change their reckless ways.
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The system can catch drivers sneaking into bus lanes or driving the wrong way thanks to integrated GPS technology that monitors a car???s coordinates. That part makes me seriously uncomfortable. GPS wouldn't be required for the camera, as it's location is permanant and known, so only way of reading that is that the GPS is installed in the cars. I have no reason to hide my travels,which are primarily going to work, stores, friends, restaurants etc, but you will not place GPS or any sort of tracking system on me or my car. It's not going to happen.
big brother is alive and well ....all this data collection ...may appear targeted at one issue ....collated with all else ....everything one is now known ....
I understand that through court challenges that some cities are removing red light cameras as people get a ticket in the mail meaning that you are guilty and have to prove your innocence rather than the city/state having to prove that you are guilty first. Hopefully more lawyers will challenge this on based on that.
This might be new to US, but it has been used in Europe for decades (England Germany, Austria and France are places I've know personaly)... In 97 I lived in a little town called Swindon, in England. Nine something PM someone drove into my rear. In less than 5 minutes there was already a cop on site, despite no one (yet) had made a call. They picked the accident up by CCTV. Some may it's good, others it's Big Brother. The fact is, we all live and are handled like cattle. As far as the herd moves uniform in one direction all goes fine. If, however, one tries to move in a different pace or heading, he or she will be quickly picked up... U.S. home of the free? Well, only if you go along with the rest. In the 60's you were free, unless you wanted to be a comunist, then you would be harassed. Today you are free, unless you want to be a muslem, then you will have skew eyes at you. But back at surveillance, in whatever way it is applied, it's here to stay, get used to it...
In Britain we have had speed cameras since 1991. It is claimed that speed is only a major factor in 6% of all accidents. The main cause is driver error. KJR
In Britain we have had them for years. On busy motorways, they can change the speed limits, to stop the traffic queuing. Some speed cameras make ??1m a year in fines. There are also 'average speed cameras' that will measure your speed over a greater distance, so its no use in just slowing down when you see a speed camera.
We already have similar system in certain places in our state... The locals? They just slow down in those areas where the monitoring is taking place. Monitoring based on movable platforms (police vans with radar).. create a cat and mouse game. Basically, this system upsets those visiting the area more than anyone else. Did "accidents" go down in occurrence? yea... maybe 30%! Did fatalities go down? not so clear... (inattention/drugs has more to do with this than speeding) Is it worth it? .. not so sure. "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty or safety" .. Benjamin Franklin
Speeding would not be a problem if the limits weren't artificially set. The way it was "back in the day", you would monitor a stretch of road and average out what speed most people traveled, and that would be the limit. If you really want people to drive 55 (or whatever), then make the road so that 55 feels fast. The biggest thing that needs done to improve safety is require all state local and federal governments to return any and all revenue generated from any and all fines and penalties to the people as a whole. That way their only motivation will be safety.... and of course getting re elected...
Because traffic fines are where the money's at, not in catching robbers, rapers or killers. It's all about the $$$. If they really want justice, then they would put the camera's in high crime areas. But you see, that will cost them money to prosecute. There's more money in catching you speeding. Welcome to your Police State....
The question is, has it or will it change your behavior? If it changes behavior for enough people to bring them closer to compliance with the law, it might be a good thing. The revenue aspect is just a bonus.
Yes - I have my ticket to prove it. Since no cop was involved -t hey have called it cival offense - not criminal (since the car is to blame you can't knowe who is driving and a car can't be a criminal. So the owner of the car is civilly liable. What I would like to know is what civil damages did the car do? Wear down the paint on the white lines fasters - doubtful. the ticket I recieved had amounts going all the way down to 1 mile over. The only purpose for this is a revenuse generator. Lets spread the wealth to our bloated government some more, shall we.
Lets start with the DC Beltway. The system would pay for itself in a few days and start pouring money into the local economy at record rates. Just don't warn the people until you've collected a few million dollars in revenue. Then it would be just a deterrent for the future and could be removed quietly to another site to start collecting revenue again. Then when the citizen's caught on that the system was removed and return to their old ways of reckless driving, you could bring it back again for a new round of revenue collection.
Using technology to fill in for an actual traffic cop is more likely to be used as a revenue source in most communities. There is also a loss of on the spot judgment to determine blatantly unsafe driving. One of the weird behaviors I see in drivers in my area is that people will slow down below the speed limit if they see a police car on the side of the road; sometimes this cause more congestion as people also slow down to satisfy their curiosity. Technical solutions tend to create other problems, if the system is found to be inaccurate part of the time then it effects whether it can be relied on for most of the time.
These things will do more harm than good if they don't allow a certain buffer for mechanical or slight personal mistakes. The last thing we need is a slew of 71 in a 70 tickets. These things should never see the light of day.
The use of cameras to identify possible law violations is a violation of the US constitution, the right to confront the accuser. If it is a camera, then there is no way you can confront and cross examine the accuser. Plus, the individuals who are reviewing the images are not police or deputized by the police. They are employees of the company who manufactures and maintains the camera...They get revenue from each violation they can identify...no conflict of interest there, it is? There was a well documented case where one of these employees would routinely not identify violations committed by his girlfriend or buddies. So THIS should be enough to not allow these cameras to be used. Luckily, Virginia's constitution is still battling with the constitutionality of these cameras and we don't have any on VDOT streets...the only place you see these in Virginia are on streets maintained by municipalities....not the state...