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Big brother is watching you! [Nov. 16th, 2005|07:26 pm]
Peter Sheil
Rollout of UK's '24x7 vehicle movement database' begins

A "24x7 national vehicle movement database" that logs everything on the UK's roads and retains the data for at least two years is now being built, according to an Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) strategy document leaked to the Sunday Times. The system, which will use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), and will be overseen from a control centre in Hendon, London, is a sort of 'Gatso 2' network, extending. enhancing and linking existing CCTV, ANPR and speedcam systems and databases.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/11/15/vehicle_movement_database/
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[User Picture]From: spodlife
2005-11-16 11:46 pm (UTC)
"every 400 yards along motorways" - So they'll know to the nearest 15 seconds when I'm driving without a license, tax or insurance?

Surely they 'just' need them before and after every junction to track our movements (unless you're in the habbit of driving off a motorway between official junctions ;-)

ANPR isn't perfect, of course, because it depends on good cameras, good lenses, good positioning, good lighting, good digitisation and then good OCR. My previous employer found it very frustrating when potential, and current, customers thought number plate reading was like in the movies and cars could be read from any angle and any distance at any time of day or night.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-11-18 12:20 am (UTC)
Let's not scare anyone with actual details of the camers' capabilities eh? I think that's restricted information!

I think the plan is to automate speeding tickets to such an extent that anyone going over 71 mph on the motorway gets a fine notification texted to them whilst on the journey ... maybe even debiting their account automatically ;) Now that's a future I'd want to avoid!

Peace
peter
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From: fruitbatz
2005-11-17 06:57 pm (UTC)
scary. now why am i not seeing your posts on my friends page?
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-11-18 12:21 am (UTC)
No idea. Do you have a "Default" friends group? Maybe you just don't like me any more ;)
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From: fruitbatz
2005-11-17 07:00 pm (UTC)
I have met about 24 people on my LJ friends list in "Real Life" so if you would like to meet then let me know - non-smokers particularly welcome :)

uhoh.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-11-18 12:23 am (UTC)
Well we almost met in Maine :)

About the "parrot money" ... if you've got enough for the US side it would make more sense for me to keep my donation in GBP and give it to you once you have a UK account ... do you agree?

Peace
peter
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From: fruitbatz
2005-11-18 12:30 am (UTC)
agreed. cant open an account from here, have to do it once we are there, i think i was told that side he needs to have a vet come out twice the 1rst 30 days there, not sure what that costs to have one of the DEFRA vets come out,
ladyynara would have a better idea. its all on the DEFRA website.
she told us to plan on needing (this side + UK side) $1000.US. total all said and done.
sooo - hows the foot doing? John says "HI PETER"
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From: fruitbatz
2005-11-18 12:32 am (UTC)
johns dad tried to open us an account on that side by getting the paperwork to send here but they wouldnt do it for john to sign...the bank was Barcleys,
ideas? if we could do one from here ahead of time would be much easier!
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-11-18 01:28 am (UTC)
it is a lot harder now 'cos of making sure you are not laundering money etc. I guess all banks will be the same ... although you could try one of the on-line ones like ing direct.

Foot is OK if I keep taking the ibuprofen :)

"Hi John."

Peace
peter
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From: fruitbatz
2005-11-18 01:38 am (UTC)
online one? ...ing direct? ill google.uk it?
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-11-18 10:02 pm (UTC)
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