Frequently Asked Questions

The roadside unit should be mounted at a height of between 2.2 m and 3m.
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.
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!
The previous "speed camera" signs are no longer a requirement for Community Speedwatch schemes. However, It may be that you will need to have signage for the ANPR function within the system, should that be enabled for your location, and we're currently seeking definitive guidance on this, as we've had several conflicting inputs to date. General ANPR in public does require signage and that is only fair given its prolific use even in law-abiding cases. The worst case scenario is that you may need to have ANPR information signs, even though an image and ANPR is only triggered when an offence is committed. We'll be able to provide these as soon as we have a definitive answer. As always, we suggest it's worth involving the local police authority, local councils and highways agency from the start.
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 you're part of a Community Speedwatch group then you can view your results on any of the mainstream web-browsers by using your My Autospeedwatch account. The system lets the coordinator of the group see those vehicles that persistently speed, as well as the highest, and most recent speeders. This allows them to ask for priority police support for those vehicles causing the greatest risks to safety; i.e. limited police resources can be targeted more efficiently. Local Police authorities get electronic reports from each Community Speedwatch group as with normal CSW schemes, but can also get access to see results across all CSW schemes in a more 'connected' way. Information on typical results is available here.
No. 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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