Frequently Asked Questions

The roadside unit should be mounted at a height of between 2.2 m and 3m. 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.
The roadside unit has been designed to look after itself as best it can. Depending on traffic dirt, etc, you may have to clean the lens occasionally.
The design life is 7 years, dependent on environmental factors.
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 signage post (75mm - 120mm), a wrench and a security bit to fix band.
Any community or organisation that is concerned about speeding traffic.
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.
Just speeders and not total traffic volumes at the moment, although we may provide a software update to add traffic volumes later. At the moment it focuses on recording speeding vehicles. The unit is solar powered, and therefore on very dull or overcast winter days it may need to pause briefly to save power. This means that total vehicle volume counts would be interrupted, so we're working on a way to get the best result we can, given the possibility of occasional interruption. Even though the unit might pause like this, it'll still work a lot more consistently than even the most dedicated team of CSW members roadside! If you're particularly interested in vehicle volume counts then let us know - we can then prioritise it over other developments.
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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