Red Light Cameras

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Red Light Traffic Light Camera

Table of Contents

Title Page

1. Abstract 3

2. Brief Background 4

3. Technology Characteristics 5-7

4. Market Place Setting 8-9

5. Technology Push 10-11

6. Market Pull 12

7. Adoption and Diffusion Patterns 13

8. Key Steps 14-16

9. Success Factors 17-18

10. Lessons Learned 19

11. Bibliography 20


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The red light camera was envisioned when Maurice Gastonides witnessed an incident when the driver of a car in front of him, whom he knew had gone properly through a traffic-light intersection just before the lights changed to red, was stopped for going through after the red. In 1965, Gastonides red light camera was introduced in to the market. The first red light camera's were operated by means of the tubes that were stretched out upon the road. The feasibility of this technology increased throughout it's life cycle, and has recently gained extreme appeal.

Brief Background

Traffic cameras have become the latest method of enforcing road discipline. Camera systems are placed to catch speeding cars and those who take a chance and cross red traffic lights. The camera boxes are often easily visible to a driver, but do not always contain a camera. Cameras are moved from place to place so the driver will never know whether the camera is 'live' or not and will always be encouraged to obey the rules.

A company by the name of Gatsometer invented the red light camera in Europe about 40 years ago. The Gatsometer or Gatso takes its name from its inventor, Dutch rally driver Maurice Gatsonides. In the 1980s, US Public Technologies was founded and began installing cameras in the United States. In 1999, Lockheed Martin purchased US Public Technologies and is currently the largest contractor of red...