Welcome to the (terrifying) future: Russian super speed camera can issue thousands of tickets per hour
Toaster-sized camera does not need a police officer to operate it so is effectively invisible
A new cutting edge speed gun that can track 32 vehicles at the same time could be coming to U.S. roads.
The toaster-sized camera, developed in Russia, can handle heavy traffic and issue thousands of tickets an hour.
Ontario-based Peak Gain Systems will offer the photo radar device to states next year.
The Simicon Cordon is billed as being far more advanced than other photo radar guns currently in use.
Steven Fiter, CEO of Peak Gain Systems, said: ‘This takes photos on a continuous basis, so it can handle whatever traffic comes by and issue hundreds or even thousands of tickets [per hour].’
The all-in-one camera and radar gun system detects violators automatically. There is no need for a police officer to be present.
When the radar gun detects a speeder, the camera snaps a photo of the car, then scans and identifies the license plate.
The software processes the ‘violation’ in real-time for a police officer – or a deputized office worker – working in a control booth back at the station.
Infractions are triggered automatically – most cars are flagged as being in a ‘buffer’ zone and are not ticketed. But, anyone going over the limit could be issued a ticket.
‘Speeders can be fined according to the laws of that jurisdiction,’ Mr Fiter said.
‘Cordon works automatically without human will,’ said Ilya Barsky from Simicon. ‘The main feature is to provide an image of the car and the speed of the car at very high accuracy. There is no other photo-capture system that measures plus or minus one MPH.’
The Cordon uses algorithms to verify the speed, position, and direction of the driver. The license plate recognition technology, similar to face recognition, scans and captures each digit and letter.
Peak Gain Systems will distribute the Cordon as early as the first quarter of 2012, although no pilot programs have been announced.
Mr Fiter said one third of states in the US allow photo detection systems, about a third have banned them, and another third have not yet ruled on their legality.