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19895 I would like to get more information on the “Spike” system, developed by PIPS Technology and - as of 2010 - was/is being trialled in …

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I would like to get more information on the “Spike” system, developed by PIPS Technology and - as of 2010 - was/is being trialled in the UK for speed enforcement.
 
Please can you provide (all or as much information as possible on):

  • Who is installing and maintaining these cameras.
  • Whether the data collected is part of a trial only or being used actively for speed enforcement.
  • If they’re currently being used for speed enforcement:
  • Who is verifying the data collected prior to any NIP being issued.

We released the following information on 26 September 2011.

  • Pips Technology Ltd installs and maintains these cameras for the operating authority.
  • The Pips SpeedSpike system was Home Office type approved from 6th April 2011.   Prior to 6th April 2011, ACPO conducted trials of the system on public roads.  The data from these trials were not used for prosecution.
  • The system has continuous self-checking mechanisms and conducts a second independent measurement of the speed.  The secondary speed must be within 10% of the primary speed for the incident to be prosecuted.  Back-office staff verify and process the violations.  Amongst other things, they check the number plate reading.