We're not big fans of speed cameras. The tickets are expensive, there is no facing the accuser, there are questions of accuracy, and in some cases, these cameras don't even appear to be helping out the governments that install them financially. And don't even get us started about many cases in which red light signals are manipulated to increase ticket counts. While we'd like for these cameras to go the way of the dodo, the fact is that these devices are only getting better.

The latest device to strike fear in motorists is Simicon's Cordon seen in action here. This device will be able to follow up to 32 vehicles across four lanes at the same time. It can deliver both wide-angle and close-up shots of every car, and it can simultaneously gauge speed and map vehicle position. It even has an available advanced license plate recognition system. Sound scary? It gets worse. The Cordon is also more difficult to spot, as it can be mounted on a tripod or road sign. The devices will be easy to update as well, as it can use WiFi, 3G or WiMAX to quickly sync with databases.

Cordon isn't on U.S. streets yet, but our sister site, Engadget, says that the devices will begin landing in North America by the first quarter of 2012. Hit the jump to watch video of the Cordon in action during a field trial, and feel free to join us in fear.



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      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm always impressed with the lengths that corporations and governments will go to just to extract money from people.
      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Your tax dollars for military tech returned to bite you in the arse.
      787B
      • 3 Years Ago
      Simple: No Front-Plate ticket: $60 - Likelihood of getting caught: Very low. Unconstitutional speed camera ticket: $90 - Likelihood of getting caught: High. So I don't run a front plate and give the cameras the finger.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Next, they'll add frickin' laser beams. "PULL OVER. YOU HAVE 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY."
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      lmfao. WiFi and 3G/4G connectable, huh. I smell some hacking when these get rolled out.
      MTU 5.0
      • 3 Years Ago
      Absolutely disgusting!
      MiddleClassMotoring
      • 3 Years Ago
      that's...not...cool.... I hope whoever wrote the code for that gets a speeding ticket from this system.
        richard
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MiddleClassMotoring
        What are the chances that whoever wrote the code included a... "feature"... where the system recognizes and disregards the coder's own license plate?
      Tempest790
      • 3 Years Ago
      As George Orwell would say: Doubleplusungood
      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can bet those A**holes who run governments all over Maryland are salivating at this
      Agilis
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the classic example of proven, in-use military technology being used on/for civilians. If they, you know who 'they are', would use this system on areas where speeding is in excess or straight up dangerous, I'd be all for it. Especially if these types of systems were mobile, and could be set up in construction zones, then that'd be great. But something like this, like others have said, will be abused and be simply for revenue, where as the safety factor, will be second in importance. Now, If this system relies solely on the front license plate as the source to reference speed and position, and the simple way of defeating is to remove the front license plate, you can bet your you-know-what that the fines for being caught without a front license plate installed will be increased dramatically. However, something with this type of sophistication probably can use other hot spots on the vehicle.
      Adrian Elliot
      • 3 Years Ago
      we're doomed
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