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by Tim Beissmann

Getting away with speeding might have just become a whole lot harder.

North American speed camera manufacturer Peak Gain Systems has launched a new radar-based device that can record the speed of 32 cars at the same time.

The ‘Cordon’ multi-target photo radar system uses an advanced licence plate recognition system to identify either oncoming or outgoing traffic across four lanes. It monitors the cars’ speed and position and records their details if they are breaking the law.

The single speed sensor automatically monitors vehicle speeds in its view and creates two images for each violation: a wide-angle shot of multiple cars in the traffic flow situation, and a close-up of the offending driver with the vehicle’s licence plate clearly visible.

The Cordon camera automatically detects bus and taxi lane violations and vehicles driving on the wrong side of the road.

The compact unit can be mounted on any fixed roadside object, including a tripod or a road sign at a height of five to eight metres, making it difficult for drivers to spot.

The Cordon system continuously streams captured traffic violation data back to a database over 3G, Wi-Fi or WiMAX for immediate processing. Wireless functionality also means the system’s software can be easily updated.

A data encryption program prevents file tampering that could compromise evidence.

There’s no word yet on when the technology could be implemented in Australia, but it will be launched in North America in the first quarter of 2012.

Check out the video to see Cordon in action. The vehicles with green dots are travelling below the limit, those with yellow dots are close to it, and the ones with red dots could be in a bit of trouble.




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