In the era of technological advancements, there are many kinds of cameras that monitor driving activities on the streets. Also, it is quite confusing and intriguing to understand the purposes of these cameras. There are two kinds of cameras—one which can issue you tickets and violations, and others which monitor traffic speeds and conditions. Here is a detailed distinction between traffic cameras, red light cameras, and speed cameras explained by the experts of Traffic Logix.
Automatic Enforcement Cameras
- Red light cameras
These controversial and automated ticket issuing systems are installed at busy intersections which are designed to detect when a motorist permeates the intersection on a red light. When detected, the camera will capture multiple pictures of the car when the violation takes place.
Red light camera is easily recognizable from other camera systems on the basis of locations. These cameras are installed in busy intersections. Automated Number Plate Recognition or ANPR cameras are small in size and have just one or two modules, red light cameras are heavier and have a large camera box and two external flashes mounted on poles. There are also multiple light cameras at every intersection to capture angles from many directions.
- Speed cameras
These cameras are similar to red light cameras. They also detect and issue violations, but they work for speeding violations rather than red light violations. They are installed in heavily populated areas and in residential areas. There are two kinds of speed cameras: fixed and mobile. The former are the easiest to find and they are installed on elevated piles on the roadside. They are easily detectable because they are bulky weatherproof enclosures and external flashes. Mobile cameras are trickier to notice. They are not installed on a ground but on a camera tripod or inside of a van. These cameras use a special radar that are difficult to detect.
- Traffic sensor cameras
These cameras are installed on the top of traffic signals. They are small, dome or cylindrically shaped cameras that are enclosed in a weatherproof housing. These cameras are used for many different purposes, but their primary function is to ascertain the traffic flow and the traffic light timing. These cameras are not integrated to any kind of enforcement systems, and usually the video is not archived or utilized for incident reconstruction.