The different types of traffic cameras in Singapore

Strict regulations like speeding have been implemented in many countries all over the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), speeding has been identified as a key risk of a road crash. Singapore is one of the countries with strict enforcement imposed for speeding, therefore traffic cameras have been installed island-wide. Let’s take a look at the different types of traffic cameras on the road!


1. The Average Speed Camera (ASC)

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Installed along Tanah Merah Road is the Average Speed Camera (ASC), the newest camera system addition implemented on 17 December 2018 with a speed limit of 70km/hr. The Land Transport Authority(LTA) and Traffic Police have mounted the camera on a lamp post along the central divider to monitor vehicles that enter and exit the enforcement zone.


2. Red Light Camera

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The old school red light camera painted in bright orange and white stripes, hence making it quite difficult to miss on the road. Not only does the red light camera captures sharper images with 11 megapixels resolution, but they are also able to pick up speeding vehicles on multiple lanes at intersections. The red light camera will roughly be installed on 240 roads in Singapore.


3. Mobile Speed Camera (MSC)

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The Mobile Speed Camera (MSC) was implemented on the roads in February 2016. The MSC has its own power source allowing it to run around the clock regardless of the weather. Besides that, the MSC does not have a fixed spot because deploying the MSC takes only about a week allowing it to be moved freely.

Most importantly, the MSC can capture 32 speeding vehicles at one go, making it really efficient. 3 MSCs are currently deployed. Firstly at Aviation Park towards Nicoll Drive, secondly, at Lim Chu Kang Road towards Neo Tiew Road, and lastly Seletar Link towards Seletar North Link.


4. Fixed Speed Camera

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FSCs are rather similar to the MSCs, however, they have a fixed position due to the longer deployment time of 6 months. The FSCS is drilled and firmly attached to the ground along 20 roads and acquire enhanced functions to better identify speeding vehicles from afar.


5. Police Speed Laser Camera

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Traffic Police usually stand alongside the roads, behind trees, and on overhead bridges. The size of a Police Speed Laser Camera is similar to the DSLR. Some of the features of the camera include longer battery life and high-resolution images. Furthermore, besides pictures, videos can be taken throughout the entire day with the new infrared flash that isn’t visible to the naked eye and these cameras can detect speeding even in bad lighting.

In order to operate, the officer will need to target the camera at the moving car to capture the speed. Currently, LTA deployed 51 of such cameras islandwide.


Now that you know the different types of traffic cameras, stay vigilant folks!


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