Now Big Brother can catch you tailgating

11 May 2016 - 11:13 By TMG Digital

Speed cameras are one thing‚ but now the City of Cape Town is testing technology that can catch drivers tailgating‚ skipping red lights‚ and illegally changing lanes. For the test‚ a camera from Italian company Kria was mounted on the Wetton Road bridge over the M5.The technology uses video images to determine the rate of movement of objects‚ but it cannot be used to issue fines because its speed-measurement technique - which does not use laser or radar - has not been approved for enforcement in South Africa.The T-Exspeed cameras can detect multiple vehicles moving on up to six parallel lanes‚ including two-way traffic flow. The manufacturer claims they can measure multiple vehicles’ speed with 99% accuracy‚ detect red-light violations at intersections‚ and compare number plates to blacklists.The stereo camera system also recognises every vehicle’s three-dimensional class and colour.News that Cape Town is testing the technology comes after the Sunday Times revealed in April that the country’s second-largest metropolitan municipality by population is investing heavily in sophisticated technology that is taking law enforcement and policing to a new level. Airborne drones‚ non-lethal weapons‚ gunshot location technology‚ electric bicycles‚ linked smart cameras‚ tablets and cellphones that gather data and intelligence are some of the tools being added to the city’s crime-fighting arsenal. Mayoral committee member for safety and security Jean-Pierre Smith said traffic technology being purchased included R8-million worth of patrol car dash-cams‚ costing about R12 000 each‚ that will automatically package and upload evidence over Wi-Fi to a secure database.Officers will be able to withdraw specific evidence months later when a case is heard in court.“These cameras are all linked‚ all collecting data and will become more ubiquitous – painfully - year on year‚” said Smith."Eventually‚ I will start installing them in refuse trucks. That is the one vehicle that blankets the city wall to wall.” - TMG DigitalCAPTION: A Kria T-Exspeed camera and a screen showing what it captures Picture: SUPPLIED

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