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New SpeedSpike camera gets the go ahead

SpeedSpike Camera System

The SpeedSpike Camera System

Following the recent announcement that trials of the Siemens SafeZone system were underway, we have recently learnt that anther new intelligent speed monitoring system is hitting our streets in the coming months – the SpeedSpike camera.

The SpeedSpike camera is a ‘distance over time speed enforcement system’ and gained Government Type Approval earlier this year. It is currently being installed in Grimsby with an operational date of early 2013.


The following is information gained from the developer’s fact-sheet – PIPS Technology.

SpeedSpike Camera – Distance Over Time Speed Enforcement

PIPS has developed a cost effective distance over time speed enforcement system called SpeedSpike. SpeedSpike can be deployed as:

  • main road speed enforcement for congestion reduction
  • urban speed enforcement, to eliminate rat-runs
  • for the removal of speed curtailment ramps and pinch points
  • local short distance speed enforcement of school entrances

The SpeedSpike camera can be used site to site, (any lane to any lane), as a road network solution. The SpeedSpike system consists of a single integral ANPR unit, which is easy to install with minimal urban streetscape impact, and a SpeedSpike server. The SpeedSpike Server is configured with the site-IDs and camera-IDs of the deployed cameras, with the distances between sites and the enforcement speed for the linked sites. The enforcement speed may be independently set as site-A to site-B and site-B to site-A, with each link having a separate enforcement speed if required. Violations are detected between any camera on one site and any camera on another site. The SpeedSpike camera is a cost effective solution, which can provide a complete road network solution for up to 1000 cameras, linked via GPRS (or ADSL), to the SpeedSpike in-station enforcing speeds from 20 – 140mph.

The SpikeHD ANPR Cameras are independently time-locked using GPS time, as a primary time-reference and SNTP time-lock, as a secondary reference. When a vehicle passes a camera, the licence plate is read and time-stamped, and this together with the site-ID, camera-ID and event-ID form a Summary record which is sent to the SpeedSpike Server. This occurs at every camera, which the vehicle passes.

The cameras authenticate and encrypt the compressed image, set into an Evidential Record
associated with the event-ID. Up to 60,000 Evidential Records may be stored locally.

The SpeedSpike Server computes the average speed of every vehicle detected at every site, and compares this with the enforcement speed. If a violator is detected, a combined Violation Record is generated, comprising the link definition, camera site-IDs, enforcement speed, measured speed and times. The authenticated and encrypted Evidential Records, containing the images of the
vehicle passing the linked sites, are pulled from each camera for the offence. The violation record is authenticated and encrypted as a whole, at the time of generation, and can be written to CD, in order to be passed across an air-gap.

For more information, including key features of the SpeedSpike camera system, please download the factsheet from the PIPS Technology website. If you would like to share your thoughts of this new system, including if you think it will benefit road safety, please leave your comments below.


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