UK Speed Cameras to Monitor Every Stretch of Road

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After a series of trials, the British Home Office is set to approve the SPECS3 “distance over time speed measuring device.” SPECS3 uses an ISDN connection to transmit data between any two cameras in the entire road network, without the need for the expensive dedicated connection. The system can also track drivers as they change lanes and as they switch between different roads and highways. The Transport and Climate Change commission estimated that new cameras could monitor every driver on 31,136 miles of principal rural and urban roads for £443,687,656 ($769,693,415). Chicken feed. The commission noted that “enforcing the 70 MPH limit using SPECS would pay for itself within around two years.” (Between 2000 and 2005, a single camera in Nottinghamshire generated 76k tickets worth £4.2m/$7.2m). Once established nationwide, a central government Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) server will store records on all vehicle movements for five years. Work on the data center in north London began in 2005; officials expect real-time, nationwide tracking capability by January. [ click here for the full story from]

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  • Auger Auger on Oct 10, 2008

    Detroit-Iron no offense buddy just dont like having my countrymen insulted, same as you wouldnt. As to being the most monitored look again good buddy . We just dont hide them here :-)

  • Detroit-Iron Detroit-Iron on Oct 10, 2008

    Touche. Though the black plastic orbs on the street corners in Baltimore aren't exactly inconspicuous.

  • Auger Auger on Oct 10, 2008

    lol,Just stick to minor roads, have no bank account or credit cards best option move to the middle of Mojave and live under ground. Sad fact of life big brother is out there and watching, and there is nothing any of us can do except vote the current political idiots out, much like you are doing at the moment.

  • GS650G GS650G on Oct 10, 2008

    They are getting the government they voted for and reelected. Sad truth is this will make it's way to Europe proper then the US. 5 million a camera is too much to resist for strapped munis that are hit by falling property tax revenue, lower gross reciept taxes, loss of income tax revenue, and business moving overseas. Best part of all is the unsuspecting visitors that don't know where they hide the cameras. Nothing tastes as good as revenue from out of state drivers.