Frequently Asked Questions

The roadside unit has been designed to look after itself as best it can. Depending on traffic dirt, etc, you may have to wipe clean the camera window and the solar cell occasionally to keep it in tip-top condition. We provide user maintenance tips as a download when you purchase the unit.
The roadside unit should be ideally mounted at a height of between 2.2m and 3m, although it can be as high as 4m. See our installation section for details.
Your community speed watch coordinator can change the speed at which vehicles will trigger the Road Unit camera using their account.
Individuals can buy a gift voucher on the website and forward this to their CSW coordinator. The coordinator can then use the gift vouchers received for all, or part, payment during the check-out.
The roadside unit is supplied with a medium fixing band suitable for a standard sign post (75mm - 120mm), a wrench and a security bit to fix band.
Any community or organisation that is concerned about speeding traffic in a restricted speed zone. It can be used to supplement the work of an existing Community Speedwatch team, or can be helpful to set one up.
No. Our first model of roadside unit has daylight hours operation only, just as with traditional CSW. This is so that we don't need to use any distracting camera flashes and so that the unit can be smaller, cheaper and lower power. Most of the impact of speeding within communities is during daylight hours, so we've concentrated on that. It'll still work longer hours and more consistently than a team of people at the roadside!
The roadside unit has been built to be small and discreet. It's about the size of a book ; 200mm x 175mm x 63mm. The solar cell used to power the unit is incorporated in the top of the Roadside unit, so there's no separate power installation or wires to the unit. Easy!
For orders above £245 and within the UK mainland, yes, postage is included. For everything else there is a variable charge depending on the service and destination. Delivery charges are detailed during the checkout process.
There are ongoing costs per Roadside Unit to maintain the data connectivity and server access. This is necessary as each unit sends data across the mobile network for which there is a direct cost to us, in the same way that there's an ongoing cost for a data service on a smartphone. However, we try to keep that subscription cost as low as we can. The first 12 months are included within the Roadside Unit purchase price, so there's nothing extra to pay for the first year. After 12 months you'll need to start paying for a data plan to keep the unit connected and maintain access to the data it provides. We considered simply having a Roadside Unit cost and bundling the cost of data into it for a longer period, but we concluded this was a fairer way to do it.
If the roadside unit is to be installed on private land then seek the landowners permission, otherwise obtain approval from your local parish council and/or the highways authority in your area. Depending on the installation position, you may need to have Chapter 8 competencies to ensure the safety of you and others during the installation.
AutoSpeedWatch only needs to record data relating to the offending vehicle, and no personal information relating to the driver or vehicle occupants. Taking a picture of the rear of the vehicle helps us achieve this.
No, but this can help establish one - talk to your police force road safety team; it's your community and you're suffering the speeding issue. Although it's been designed to assist existing schemes, it can be used separately as a means to establish a CSW scheme. What you need to do is report the scale of the problem to your local police authority so that they can take action to enforce speed limits. AutoSpeedWatch helps you do that. The police cannot refuse the objective data AutoSpeedWatch provides, although they will probably not have the resources to be able to follow up every incident recorded. You can even use it to get a traditional people-at-the-roadside CSW group going, should you want. Unlike traditional CSW schemes however, AutoSpeedWatch also 'connects' together the offences caused by a particular vehicle as it goes through every AutoSpeedWatch community, so the police can quickly identify the worst and most persistent speeders, helping reduce speed across all communities.
Very. The unit has been designed to make the process as simple as possible. One security band and no wiring makes the installation a five or ten minute job. All the required tools and fittings are included in the box. However, it is important that you plan the correct location of the unit as this has a crucial role in its performance. You should have permission to install the unit (either from the landowner if private land, or the council if not). You must also ensure that your relevant Highway Authority are involved beforehand to ensure the unit causes no risk of distraction, obscuring views, strikes, etc. If the installation is located where pedestrian access is not separated from road traffic (by kerbs, barriers, etc), then you will probably need to use someone who is 'Chapter 8' competent to perform the installation . If in doubt, ask Highways or look it up until you are sure of what to do. We can help you find someone, if needed.
Typically once a week your Community Speedwatch coordinator will send an email report to the nominated police force contact; this is automatically generated and sent at a touch of a button from their 'My AutoSpeedWatch' dashboard. The report summarises the total number of offenders but also lists highest and most persistent speeders since the last report. There's loads more information available to the police authorities should they want it, but this report helps them to objectively deploy policing measures to tackle the most dangerous speeding.

Alternatively, the coordinator can download a CSV file of all the speeders to combine that data with the results from traditional Community Speedwatch sessions, before sending this to the police.

In particularly bad areas AutoSpeedWatch can produce a lot of data, and no-one should expect that limited police resources will be able to always respond to all reported incidents, but the system helps prioritise their resources towards the most serious offenders. See typical results.
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