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Digital speed cameras designed to work over a distance

Tash Shifrin

Police have introduced a new £500,000 digital speed camera system, from Speed Check Services, in Northern Ireland.

Unlike traditional film-based speed cameras, the digital Speed Enforcement Camera System (SPECS) can enforce speed limits over a distance, by automatically recording drivers’ average speeds between two points.

The cameras are installed in pairs to create speed controlled zones. As vehicles pass between the camera pairs, they are digitally recorded. The time it takes for the vehicle to travel between both points is used to calculate the average speed.

If the average speed is above the limit, the system automatically generates a speeding violation record, including images of the vehicle, its registration plate and a record of the time, date, location and average speed.

Violation records are held digitally on large storage capacity discs and the SPECS system can be integrated with existing ticket processing systems.

The Northern Ireland Police Service has installed six pairs of cameras, covering the AI dual carriageway and is set to extend the scheme to the A2 between Hollywood and Bangor later in the year.


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