European Union testing 'Super Speed Cameras'

VTT Super Speed Camera
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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9TNine 9TNine
I think we really need spy cameras to watch people in government and how they waste tax payers money...
Nov 7th, 2010 3:16pm
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zeiar zeiar
Oh shit! And I live in Tampere! That's not good...
Nov 6th, 2010 4:48pm
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bavorak bavorak
if you see some of these there...just throw rocks on it or destroy it somehow : )
Nov 6th, 2010 7:22pm
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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.
Nov 5th, 2010 2:12am
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mmr66 mmr66
I love your idea Dolomight, i agree with speed regulations but i have never been able to understand the ticket for not wearing a seatbelet beacuse if i dont wear a seatbelt then if i have a crash (god forbid) then i have only me to blame for not wearing one and no one but me would be affected by me wearing not wearing it it just seems stupid any one agree ?
Nov 5th, 2010 2:22am
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ReadHere ReadHere
mmr66, you are right. my brother safe his life in an accident because was without belt. Ho can tel him now that he need to use it? Hi will never use it more in his life!
Nov 5th, 2010 12:06pm
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siranis siranis
@mmr66: I dont. Another man, women or children living the rest of his/her life with the memory of your brain melting down the windshield might be quite a responsibility if you (god forbid) get in that accident and die in it. On the other hand, your children raising up without a father is a responsibility aswell, isnt it? @ReadHere: I believe it, if you say not wearing a seatbelt might save your life in certain conditions - 5% of the accidents? So not wearing it and hoping your crash statistically wont be in the 95% - where the rest does belong - is just quite stupid. :) Im not for the speed cameras either, but rules - even if they sometimes seem stupid in the given situations - are meant to be taken seriously. We are human, we make mistakes, and these contraints ensure, that you get home to your family safely. Sorry for preaching :)
Nov 5th, 2010 12:41pm
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NewGit NewGit
My father who used to work in forensics had to photograph serious accidents. His view on seatbelts is interesting, "it makes the bodies easier to find". I think the moral of that story is to avoid getting into the crash in the first place. But alas you can't account for other drivers.
Nov 5th, 2010 1:13pm
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Mister Stig Mister Stig
mmr66, there are always other people affected - your family, and also the poor people who are 1st on the scene, and they are not always the emergency services....
Nov 5th, 2010 8:18pm
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jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
"Big Brother" seems to be more of a reality every year, no pun intended.
Nov 4th, 2010 11:54pm
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roadrunner roadrunner
Who's ever gonna stop this madness? - How do we ever STOP the stalking big government? -
Nov 4th, 2010 11:18pm
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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.
Nov 4th, 2010 10:23pm
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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
Nov 4th, 2010 10:12pm
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bavorak bavorak
You made me laugh a bit but you are so right at the same time. Another problem I think is slow drivers...a lot of accidents happen when overtaking on roads outside the city but not highways. If slow drivers who arent able to drive 90-100kph in a straight line werent given driving licence the roads will be way safer...this just makes other normal drivers angry and it ends up in risky overtaking. Driving slowly is often more dangerous than driving fast. Another big issue...not looking into mirrors...a father with his family is driving behind the truck on german autobahn where there are no speed limits...suddenly he decides to pull out and overtake the truck accelerating slowly from 90kph not looking into mirror if someone (me) isnt driving 160kph...I fortunately ended up few meters behind his rear bumper horning and flashing my lights...I bet he didnt even notice me
Nov 5th, 2010 2:59pm
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postas postas
Targa_Florio, you nailed it! LOL
Nov 5th, 2010 4:52pm
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