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European Union testing 'Super Speed Cameras'

 European Union testing Super Speed Cameras
VTT Super Speed Camera

Spying on drivers in Germany, France, Austria, and Finland

In a blow to drivers, the European Union has begun testing 'Super Speed Cameras.'

While details are limited, the EU has set aside €8.2 million ($11.6 / £7.2 million) to develop a camera system that will not only catch speeders but also tailgaters, polluters, unbelted occupants, and drivers traveling too fast for current road conditions.

According to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, one of the developers, "The equipment, based on automatic camera surveillance and wireless network connection, is handily located on a mobile trailer unit. The police are thus able to monitor traffic and impose penalties for violations more comprehensively and fairly."

The cameras are currently being tested in Germany, France, Austria, and Tampere, Finland - the latter being a too little close for comfort.

If everything goes according to plan, the cameras could be showing up across Europe in 2013.

Source: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland via InsideLine

New test equipment enhances police traffic surveillance


Trailer-mounted equipment detects seatbelt compliance and measures vehicle speed
Police surveillance of seatbelt compliance and speeding receives a boost with the new test equipment. Developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the equipment also measures distance between vehicles, road surface condition and calculates traffic emissions. The test equipment is part of an EU project aimed at improving traffic safety and reducing accidents caused by traffic rule violations. The technical test phase will continue until the end of next year, after which part of the equipment will be ready for production.

The equipment, based on automatic camera surveillance and wireless network connection, is handily located on a mobile trailer unit. The police are thus able to monitor traffic and impose penalties for violations more comprehensively and fairly. The monitoring information is gathered into a common database available to the police, road operators and environmental authorities. A pilot system has been launched in Tampere enabling the police to test the equipment.

The aim is to develop the test equipment to match police requirements as closely as possible. The database is strictly protected by firewalls and technical solutions. The equipment automatically destroys images over one month old and those in which no traffic violation is evident. After the test phase the surveillance technology can be transferred from the test trailer to police vehicles. VTT estimates that the full technology will be ready for commercialising in 2013.

The total budget for the ASSET project (Advanced Safety and Driver Support for Essential Road Transport) is EUR 8.2 million, mostly funded by the European Commission.

The EU project runs a total of four test sites, the other three being located in Germany, France and Austria. The budget for the Finnish test site is approximately EUR 270,000. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is responsible for the development of the Finnish test equipment in cooperation with service operator Emtele Oy and National Traffic Police.

Consortium partners - a blend of universities, research institutes, businesses and end users - number 19 in all, come from Europe, Tanzania and India. The three-year project is set to close at the end of next year.

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Comments (15)

 9TNine 9TNine
I think we really need spy cameras to watch people in government and how they waste tax payers money...
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November 7, 2010 8:16 am
 zeiar zeiar
Oh shit! And I live in Tampere! That's not good...
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November 6, 2010 9:48 am
 Dolomight 74-86 Dolomight 74-86
We've gotta build a miniature EMP to fry these god-forsaken speed cameras. Either that or start some kind of revolution or slave revolt or something.
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November 4, 2010 7:12 pm
 jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
"Big Brother" seems to be more of a reality every year, no pun intended.
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November 4, 2010 4:54 pm
 roadrunner roadrunner
Who's ever gonna stop this madness? - How do we ever STOP the stalking big government? -
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November 4, 2010 4:18 pm
 dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
I really hope the Mafias from every major city in Europe band together in response to this BS and take action. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
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November 4, 2010 3:23 pm
 Targa_Florio Targa_Florio
And guess where they'll be placed: on the least deadly roads (motorways/speedways/autoroutes/Autobahn) to make more money. Thus now we have 3 modern ways to crash: by falling asleep with limitor at 129kph, by focusing only on 130kph mark from tachymeter if no limitor, or by not looking at the road searching for speed cams and cops on the sides of the roads
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November 4, 2010 3:12 pm