Using similar principles of machine-vision on the assembly line, Simicon plans to ruin our day on the open road. Their new system, Cordon, monitors four lanes of traffic with up to 32 vehicles in its viewing range and delivers an array of information. All targets are targeted in a wide-angle picture with their license plates clearly visible in a close up. Of course, speed of each object is recorded.
This is not the end of its tracking capabilities. It can detect when a vehicle is on the wrong side of the road, if a bus or taxi is committing a lane violation, and it has an IR spotlight to perform the tasks at night. In the video, green color on the tracked cars are going the speed limit or under. Yellow and red colors show speed that are faster than the limit, with red being much higher. The Cordon device is small enough to mount to any sign. Only requirement, be 5-8 meters above ground level. Onboard is an SD card where violations and other data is encrypted and stored. Continuous traffic data can be streamed over a VPN channel on and 3g, WiFi, or WiMAX connection.
I am sure the engineers are very proud of their accomplishment, but are they satisfied from an ethical standpoint. All this does is create a 1984, big brother is always watching, atmosphere on the road. I am sure the slightest infraction will issue a ticket (see red light cameras). Revenues for the state increase, while removing that equal amount from the general public and economy. Simicon, certainly, are not making any friends with their accomplishment.
I find ethics are rarely considered in the product design process.