Be careful everyone; Big Brother may soon be watching. Over the past week or so, we have brought forth a couple of articles based solely upon speeding. One of those articles highlighted the use of speed cameras and the population’s attempt to rid themselves of those electrical snitches. This particular situation, we have to say, is worse. Turns out, PIPS Technology Ltd, an American-owned company with a base in Hampshire, has decided that it could use technology to its advantage and create the SpeedSpike system. This system can calculate how fast someone is traveling in their vehicle from space. Yes, space. Apparently, this system combines number plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver. What this combination means is the satellite can read your license plate at one point and then read it again at a point further down the road. This system of reading a driver’s license plate at two different locations allows for a calculation of speed. It is currently being tested by the Home Office in Southwark, London and the A374 between Antony and Torpoint in Cornwall.

Hitting the jump for the full story is recommended. Things get a little heated.

Paul Watters, AA head of public affairs, comments, "We have some concerns about how far these systems extend along roads with many different speed limits impacting on a driver’s journey, how well drivers understand them and how well the zones are signed," he said.
"Camera enforcement is now high profile with conspicuous cameras and signing - we hope that continues.

"With new complex technology comes the risk of errors and so the government must issue clear guidance on how these systems should be used."

PIPS Technology Ltd stated that these cameras can capture images in all weather conditions 24 hours per day and that they were low-cost and easy to install. That’s just great, but we have to go back to the Big Brother scenario.

We do not want people to think we are pro-speeding, but capturing images from space? The line has to be drawn somewhere and if this is okay, tomorrow the line will be redrawn and eventually we will have big screen televisions in our living rooms “capturing” everything we do (read the book 1984 if you are confused by this scenario).

An AA spokesman said about the satellite system, “It is a natural evolution of the technology that is out there.” Oh yeah, where else is this technology going to lead us? Let’s put police officers back in their cruisers and let them do their jobs. Why rid our citizens of jobs that they can do well to leave it to cameras to do?

Source: Telegraf UK

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  (359) posted on 11.17.2010

As the proposed scheme is voluntary, it’s highly unlikely to be taken up by enough people to make it worthwhile.

  (1333) posted on 10.11.2010

Honestly I’m really proud to whoever invented camera’s. It’s a great help not only for the traffic violators but also helps the cops watch the bad man on the street.

  (367) posted on 08.19.2010

did they just installed modern speed and HD cameras?, woah!

  (442) posted on 04.28.2010

I hope they won’t abuse the use of this camera.

  (406) posted on 04.28.2010

Why did they put some sign boads? With that over speeders will know that there is a camera on the place it should be concealed.

  (807) posted on 04.27.2010

I think the traffic enforcers are now replace with the speed cameras and I guess next is the police that will be replace with robots.

  (798) posted on 04.27.2010

Well, many countries are using this technology today but most of them are not as accurate as the GPS.

  (68) posted on 04.26.2010


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