THE LONG-delayed traffic camera system has been hit by yet another setback, with a new problem discovered with the photograph printing process.

Stavros Othonos, Director of the Ministry of Commerce’s Electromechanical Services, who are in charge of the project, yesterday told the Cyprus Mail that, “the exact problem lies with the printing of photographs in the form specified by the manufacturer”.

“The photograph must be in a ticket-type form and must be of a certain parameter. Our Cyprus contractor is currently working on a solution.”

The system, which was due to become operational late last year, has been hit by a series of technical glitches forcing an indefinite postponement. The equipment delivered was different from that set out in the contract, causing it to be rejected by the system.”

At the beginning of March, tests on the system began in an effort to get it up and running.
At the time, Othonos said the testing was, “being carried out by the contractor before an acceptance test is done by us.

“If everything is working OK, the system should be ready for delivery around March 15, with all tests completed by the end of the month.”

According to the Electromechanical Services Director, a committee responsible for the equipment has since checked the sites and drawn up a list of deficiencies and discrepancies from the original plans. This list has been passed on to the contractor.

When asked how long the latest problem will take to be resolved, he said: “I cannot give a timeframe as it depends on the contractor.

“It’s a software problem so I really can’t say and we are waiting for the contractor to come back to us with a date. When the green light is eventually given to proceed, then it’s up to the police to decide when the cameras will become operational.”

He added that the new problem showed up last week during final tests.

Director of Traffic Police, Doros Achilleos, explained that the cameras will become active, “as soon as the Ministry gives us the OK. We will then immediately start notifying the public.”
The traffic chief noted that once the cameras are up and running, there will initially be a 15-day grace period for motorists.

“Obviously we want the system ready as soon as possible for road safety reasons,” he said.
To begin with, there will be 40 cameras around the island, 32 of those being fixed and eight being mobile.

“We hope to have 450 cameras island-wide over the next four years, at a cost of 6.5 million euros,” Achilleos said.