Britain may soon be taking their surveillance reputation to a new level, as law enforcers consider using global positioning satellites (GPS) and advanced speed cameras with number plate recognition technology to track speeding motorists.
The system, dubbed SpeedSpike, is undergoing effectiveness and accuracy trials at two locations in London and Cornwall, with the AA (Automobile Assocation) monitoring the tests, reports Physorg.com.
Lin Edwards writes –
The AA said they were watching the trials carefully, but do not regard the development as sinister, but a “natural evolution” of technologies already in use. They said they believed the system is probably intended for residential areas, and it would cover a network of roads rather than just a straight line.
The system was developed by Teas based PIPS Technology Ltd. and is said to be easy to install and affordable. Here’s how the manufacturers explains their product in promotional material –
All cameras in the network are independently time-locked using GPS. When a vehicle passes one of the SpeedSpike cameras, the license plate is read and times tamped, and packaged with other data to form a Summary Record which is sent to the SpeedSpike Server. This record is compared to other records of the same license plate, at which point speed is calculated and compared to the enforcement speed. If a violation occurs, a Violation Record is created consisting of all data and images.
What will they think of next?