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 polish the solar cell occasionally to keep it in tip-top condition. We provide user maintenance tips as a download when you purchase the unit. Or, you can return it to us for refurbishment at a modest charge.

There is a small but necessary annual cost to maintain the data connectivity for the second and subsequent years. This keeps the unit connected to the mobile network (much like a smartphone data plan) and also gives you access to the dashboard to view results.

All in all, we've tried to make the effective management of speed in your community as affordable as possible.
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.
The units should last several years, dependent on environmental factors. In some environmental situations the specialist internal battery may need replacing, however the unit can be returned for overhaul at modest cost should this be required.
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.
Not yet .....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!

HOWEVER.... we do have a version in development that can be configured to also work at night. Let us know if you're interested and we'll increase the priority for production release.

Your community speed watch coordinator can change the speed at which vehicles will trigger the Road Unit camera. There needs to be a significant margin between the zone speed and the minimum trigger speed.
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.
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, as well as a "heatmap" showing when the speeding tends to occur. 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.

AutoSpeedWatch collates logged speeder data into powerful intelligence for the police.....making their enforcement role easier and more effective. 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, whilst keeping the public 'onside'. See typical results.
  • It shows where and when vehicles that persistently speed will be, allowing targeted SEU enforcement.
  • It highlights vehicles without Tax or MoT.
  • Heatmaps show police when each community suffers its most speeding, allowing better SEU scheduling.
  • It collates data from all communities into meta-information, removing the mass of low-level data the police are asked to process.
  • The worst-first approach builds better police-community relationships, keeping the driving public onside.
  • CSW teams remain engaged and productive.
  • Its very presence deters speeding and reduces the scale of the problem.
The roadside unit has been built to be small and discreet. It's about the size of a book ; 200mm x 175mm x 63mm, and it weighs less than a kilo. The solar cell used to power the unit is incorporated in the top of the Roadside unit, so there's no need for mains power. Easy!
Yes; within it's limitations. The system is primarily focused on changing driver behaviours and identifying the worst and most persistent speeders, but a new feature does provide some location statistics, including (daytime) volumes and average speeds. Some of these stats are actual, and some are estimated; this is because the unit is solar powered and cannot always capture every speeder. It does however, provide useful information on speed and time distributions, plus average speeds, and a risk analysis of each location.

If you need precise 24hr survey information on volumes of traffic then a dedicated traffic logging product will more likely suit your need.
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.
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