NEW Mobile Speed Cameras
Since Early 2010, WA Police in Perth have been rolling out the Vitronic Poliscan Speed Camera (used in WA & VIC) to replace the aging wet-film Multanova.
Below - Testing of the new Vitronic Poliscan Speed Camera on Riverside Dr in Perth. Operators are setting these cameras up using only a single unit for front only or rear only capture. We predict this is what the new speed cameras will all eventually be set-up as when they learn how to use them all properly.
By the end of 2010, all Multanova cameras will be replaced by laser cameras. Out with the old, in with the new! The government needs more money, certain steps need to be taken.
The Multanova, is one of the most advanced radar speed cameras, not advanced enough for WA. With certain disadvantages including the camera not being digital, which meant operators were having to spend time returning to police stations between runs, costing time, and potential revenue from the camera itself. The Multanova 6F also needs to calibrated several times per day to ensure it is working accurately, using a traditional K band radar gun to test the cameras, more time. On top of this the cameras were only able to record cars speed at 15m(low power)-40m(high power) away, sometimes giving drivers the chance to see the camera. 40m was only achieved in its highest power mode, which meant most radar detectors then could receive adequate warning. Although many radar detectors struggled to provide adequate warning, as the Multanova runs on a average of 0.5MW, with three different power modes, many radar detectors which are designed for more traditional radar units running on powers of up to 50mW(milliwatts) did not alert until you were directly on top of the radar beam. For example, the Bel XR70 (rip off RX65) when mounted horizontal, was a very poor performer against the Multanova, despite claims by Neltronics Perth it was designed for Australia.
Another change is the issue of the two cars in the photo when the Multanova would take a flash. As the technology was radar and the camera did not posses single lane identification. Police were not allowed to prosecute speeding fines to both motorists or either one. The new Poliscan has single lane identification, the operator knows which car is speeding, and no speeding fines will be going to waste.