How do you decide where to put your speed cameras?
How do speed cameras work?
Actually, the term “speed camera” is a misnomer. In the industry, the term is Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE). Our equipment uses lasers to calculate the speed of passing vehicles. If the vehicle is exceeding the speed limit (by 12 miles per hour or more in Maryland), a camera immediately takes two photos of the vehicle which also allows the system to capture an image of the license plate for identification purposes.
Your critics say that speed cameras are unconstitutional.
The courts have repeatedly said they are completely constitutional. We only operate in states and jurisdictions which have specifically adopted laws and regulations that authorize automated enforcement.
Your critics also say that your equipment is error-prone.
They would, wouldn’t they? In fact we use a technology called LIDAR, which is the same technology used by NASA in obtaining extremely precise measurements in space and from space. An independent laboratory performs annual calibration checks of our equipment. The equipment calibration is validated in conjunction with local law enforcement and regularly checked for accuracy. Optotraffic's equipment operates successfully in all normal weather conditions.
Is LIDAR a fancy name for RADAR?
No, LIDAR is laser technology, which is more accurate than RADAR. The really simple explanation is that RADAR measures radio waves and lasers measure light waves. Light travels faster than sound and so the LIDAR allows for more accurate measurements. Our LIDAR units take 10,000 measurements per second.
Doesn’t Optotraffic make money based on how many traffic tickets are issued?
Like any other vendor to law enforcement or government agencies, we are paid for the value of the equipment and services we provide. Obviously, payment is linked to the size and scope of the project. We have flexible terms and straightforward termination provisions.
How much do you charge for your equipment and services?
Arrangements with local jurisdictions vary by the range of services, number of units deployed, etc. Contracts are part of the public record and are generally available from the jurisdictions.
Does Optotraffic release financial data?
No, as a privately held company we are not obligated to disclose financial information.