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Permanent SPECS

Safer, smoother, greener, fairer.

SPECS is the world leading average speed enforcement system, using networked cameras to cover a length or area of road. SPECS cameras have been used in the UK to control speeds at accident hotspots and major roadworks since 1999.

SPECS can be used on virtually any public road, from a 20mph urban street to a high speed, multi-lane motorway.  Cameras can be configured for a variety of links, covering hundreds of metres or tens of kilometres, with the capability to monitor vehicles entering and leaving the speed control zone in different lanes.

SPECS3 networked cameras are the latest generation, allowing large areas to be controlled, using remote camera outstations. SPECS3 was given Home Office Type Approval in 2009, bringing the benefits of SPECS to an even greater range of applications.

More than 100 permanent SPECS installations have been contracted around the UK, delivering significant benefits in terms of casualty reduction, improved traffic flows; all whilst achieving public acceptability.

The average permanent SPECS installation is 9km long, sees Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) figures drop by >70% and delivers a theoretical casualty saving of £1.4m to the economy, every year.  There are no more cost effective  interventions that can deliver this degree of improvement, over such a large area.

SPECS3 VECTOR is the very latest HOTA version, using integrated cameras that significantly reduce installation costs, achieving approval in July 2014.

Why are SPECS average speed cameras used?:

  • Killed or Seriously Injured figures drop by >70% typically

  • Journey reliability is improved

  • 85th%ile speeds are consistently below the posted speed limit

  • Compliance is seen throughout the monitored zone, not just at camera locations

  • Typically, only 1 in 10,000 vehicle journeys results in a ticket