how long before this is proved wrong I wonder?
Truvelo has developed a new speed camera design which the company claims is virtually vandal proof.
The new D-Cam, which also comes in a bullet-proof version, boasts a completely vertical alignment which dramatically reduces its vulnerability to attack.
It is the only system that uses a secondary speed and verification method whereby the primary speed measurement can be verified using data imprinted on a single image.
The D-Cam is based on the Truvelo Combi Smc which has been available worldwide for the past 10 years. It uses a digital camera to record speed and red light applications.
Standard industry cameras have a horizontal arm which vandals can place burning tyres on to disable the machine. However the hosting on the D-Cam is sited at the top of a completely vertical structure, making it impossible to target in this way.
The design process for the D-Cam began four years ago. Truvelo wanted to ensure that the system had the widest sensor connectivity and data security with the widest number of applications.
Rudi Gebert, Truvelo director, said that the D-Cam was a unique design: "This design gets the camera high up where you want it for good visibility, but with the option to easily lower it for maintenance," he said.
"The housing on this camera is virtu-ally as strong as a safe and we know
from experience that it can survive most kinds of attack. By eliminating the horizontal arm from the housing and placing the camera at the end of a vertical shaft this design ensures that vandals will no longer be able to attack the structure using burning tyres."
Peter Hill demostrating the toughness of the new D-Cam. (Peter, you're using the wrong countermeasure!)