PIPS Technology has been carefully testing its latest product, SpeedSpike, to ensure that it complies with the highest standards in performance and quality. PIPS SpeedSpike has recently been awarded Home Office Type Approval based on the success of these trials.
SpeedSpike is a cost-effective distance over time speed enforcement system and it is PIPS’ first step into the average speed enforcement market. SpeedSpike can be used site to site (any lane to any lane) as a complete road network solution for anywhere up to 1,000 cameras enforcing speeds from 20mph – 140mph.
Six PIPS SpeedSpike SpikeHD cameras were installed in Torpoint, Cornwall, along with a SpeedSpike server. The cameras have been monitoring the traffic flowing on the main route from Torpoint towards Anthony, which has a national speed limit. Although the cameras have been working day and night for the last three years, monitoring the average speed and highlighting any violations of the speed limit, there hasn’t been any enforcement to the general public.
The trials of SpeedSpike at Torpoint have allowed PIPS to prove the high standard of quality and performance rates which can be expected from any PIPS Technology product. The SpeedSpike camera has the ability to read the number plates across a full 4m carriageway as well as working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in any weather conditions with minimal maintenance requirements.
100m is the shortest distance the PIPS Technology has decided to enforce over. The reason for this is to allow enforcement across urban environments such as outside schools. The success of the trial in Torpoint was integral to PIPS being awarded Home Office Type Approval.
SpeedSpike provides users with a number of benefits. Firstly, SpeedSpike always favours the driver by measuring the shortest possible distance between enforcement points. This means that any legal challanges are kept to a minimum. Users of SpeedSpike are able to query the system to define when most violations occur, how the average speed varies over the day and when the worst violations occur. Being able to extract this sort of information from the SpeedSpike server allows users to make informed decisions on the entire road network and decisions can be made on integrating other forms of speed enforcement.