The new speed board is solar powered and has a sensor on the display board that can read the speed of cars travelling within range. The board can also detect date and time. This traffic data can be compiled by software that came with the board to illustrate how many cars passed by at what time of day on what date. Town staff say the board will not collect personal data such as license plate numbers.

New speed board for Town of Lake Cowichan

The town showed off a new speed board at the recent Public Works meeting. The board will be used to collect random traffic data.

The town showed off a new speed board at the recent Public Works meeting. The board, which will read and display drivers’ speed on a digital sign, is mobile and solar powered. The high tech gadget can collect and provide all sorts of information, like vehicle speed, direction, time of day, and more. The board has a sensor to collect information located in the number display area. The reader will not, however, collect license plate numbers; it is not a photo radar unit. However, even when the board is black and not displaying speed, it is still collecting car data.

The intention is to collect and compile data that will allow town staff to know how many vehicles passed the sign at what speed at a given time of day. One suggestion is that this data could be used to compare vehicle numbers in the summer versus the winter.

The sign will be moved to various locations around town.


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