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Message 1386554 - Posted: 1 Jul 2013, 18:52:47 UTC

Anyone know what this might be? It has an antenna and a solar panel and there are a few of these along the 15 Freeway.

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Message 1386558 - Posted: 1 Jul 2013, 19:13:37 UTC

Could be a solar powered CCTV camera and some sort of weather station.

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Message 1386570 - Posted: 1 Jul 2013, 19:37:09 UTC - in response to Message 1386558.
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Could be a solar powered CCTV camera and some sort of weather station.

Could be, there are a few about every few miles or so on the freeway, either off to one side or in the center like this one, this ones in the Ditch, the Calico Ditch, that's what the small sign on the right says at least.
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Message 1386667 - Posted: 2 Jul 2013, 1:23:02 UTC

I think Chris is right, we have similar things on some main highways in Canada.
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Message 1386721 - Posted: 2 Jul 2013, 5:33:04 UTC

need to get a closer picture to be sure but it looks like a traffic cam. CalTrans has them periodically to monitor traffic flow.

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Message 1386729 - Posted: 2 Jul 2013, 5:42:58 UTC - in response to Message 1386721.

need to get a closer picture to be sure but it looks like a traffic cam. CalTrans has them periodically to monitor traffic flow.

Like I said not all of them are in the center median, I'll have to get a pic of another one in between Ft Irwin Rd and Old Hwy 58, I do have sort of a close up, but it's grainy, I think a blow up of the original would be better. I'm not sure if their all the same, oh sure the ones I've seen all have the solar panel, the box(battery for night operation?) and the antenna at the top, beyond that I don't know.

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Message 1386786 - Posted: 2 Jul 2013, 10:14:37 UTC

Looks like there's a camera above the solar panel.
Maybe it takes your picture when speeding...
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Message 1386790 - Posted: 2 Jul 2013, 10:42:07 UTC

I think a traffic cam is the most likely thing. Gatso type speed cameras are usually more conspicuous that that. The UK has thousands of traffic cameras all over the country.

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Message 1386793 - Posted: 2 Jul 2013, 10:57:52 UTC

Belgium is full of traffic cams!
I drive a half an hour to work everyday and on that road alone, you can find like 5 of these things! A lot of them are situated near traffic lights.
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Message 1386804 - Posted: 2 Jul 2013, 13:20:03 UTC

We have traffic cams in the
big cities, but not so much in the
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Message 1386833 - Posted: 2 Jul 2013, 18:27:08 UTC

We tend to have most of ours on Motorways and Trunk A roads. It gives the control centres an idea of the traffic jams resulting from serious accidents, so they can advise the police to put up detours. Occasionally they have spotted a serious accident in the small hours of the morning when drivers and passengers are incapacitated and haven't been able to call 999, and the emergency services have been alerted immediately.


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Message 1387049 - Posted: 3 Jul 2013, 5:58:52 UTC - in response to Message 1386833.

...Occasionally they have spotted a serious accident in the small hours of the morning when drivers and passengers are incapacitated and haven't been able to call 999, and the emergency services have been alerted immediately...

Similar thing happened to me on I-95 in Connecticut. I had a blowout at 75 in the LH lane (well, everyone else in all three busy lanes was doing 75 so it seemed safer to go with the flow). I was very impressed with the way the surrounding drivers immediately moved to give me more space ahead, behind and at the side - see that happening in the UK LOL. With such cooperation I got the car to the RH emergency strip, pulled way over half onto the grass and started to change the tire. Within 3 minutes a tow truck pulled up offering to help. I asked how much and the operator said it was provided by the State for free - getting people moving again was cheaper than cleaning up the situation when they were struck by inattentive drivers (!!). The tow trucks just cruised up and down all day and were dispatched using CCTV all along the major routes.

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Message 1387060 - Posted: 3 Jul 2013, 6:17:21 UTC - in response to Message 1386729.
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need to get a closer picture to be sure but it looks like a traffic cam. CalTrans has them periodically to monitor traffic flow.

Like I said not all of them are in the center median, I'll have to get a pic of another one in between Ft Irwin Rd and Old Hwy 58, I do have sort of a close up, but it's grainy, I think a blow up of the original would be better. I'm not sure if their all the same, oh sure the ones I've seen all have the solar panel, the box(battery for night operation?) and the antenna at the top, beyond that I don't know.

There are a few of those on SR-99 in the San Joaquin Valley. Small weather instruments on top of the mast, a video camera or two lower down to monitor traffic flows and collisions. The traffic video feeds are available through the California Highway Patrol and CalTrans websites. Very useful on Friday afternoons and when the Tule Fogs come after a winter rain.....
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Message 1387066 - Posted: 3 Jul 2013, 6:30:25 UTC

We have them around the major highways here in Syracuse. Back in the old days the radio and Tv staions had guys flying around town during the morning noon and afternoon rushe hours. Thats all history now that the NY state DOT put cameras in.

Here is the link to the cameras.NYDOT
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Message 1387067 - Posted: 3 Jul 2013, 6:37:03 UTC

Most traffic cams look like this over here...


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Message 1387070 - Posted: 3 Jul 2013, 6:40:47 UTC - in response to Message 1387068.

That looks like one of the trees in the wicked forest from the Wizard of Oz.


I wonder if it can throw an apple?
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Message 1387082 - Posted: 3 Jul 2013, 7:34:50 UTC - in response to Message 1387071.

[Now, that would slow everybody down.



Wouldn't that be something... There are a lot of crazy people on the roads...
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Message 1387093 - Posted: 3 Jul 2013, 7:54:45 UTC
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Thats a speed camera Julie, not a traffic cam. Ours are yellow in the UK because they are supposed to be visible to drivers. You can buy speed camera detectors for your car but they are supposed to be illegal to use.

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