New speed camera tested on roads

Road tests of a new camera, which measures average speed over a long distance using a combination of GPS technology and number plate recognition, are under way in Britain, it has been revealed.

The SpeedSpike system, created by PIPS Technology, calculates the speed of a car by locating it with the help of satellites and identifying it with automatic number plate recognition.

It then makes a note of vehicles that go over the speed limit.

In written evidence to the House of Commons Transport select committee, PIPS Technology said SpeedSpike was being trialled on Salter Road in Southwark, south London, and the A374 from Torpoint to Antony in Cornwall.

The company said the cameras could be installed on motorways, A roads, urban "rat runs" and around schools.

PIPS Technology, which has its headquarters in the US and offices in Eastleigh, Hampshire, created the Spike Automatic Number Plate Recognition camera used in the London congestion charging zone. The Spike won the Queen's Award for Innovation in 2005.

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