Speed Cameras

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Waze Camera Types

Speed Cameras

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Fixed speed enforcement cameras of any type (Gatso, Peek, Truvelo, Monitron or SPECS)

Average Speed Cameras should be mapped as per the linked guidance

Mobile speed cameras (camera vans) should not be mapped in Waze, instead they should be report in the app using Report > Police > Visible.

The speed limit sign shown on the WME speed camera icon is only an image and always shows 30, irrespective of the set speed limit.

Red Light Cameras

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Fixed cameras enforcing light infringements of any type (Gatso, Monitron, RedSpeed or Level Crossing).

CCTV cameras at level crossing should not be mapped in Waze.

It is increasingly common for red light cameras to also enforce speed limits, as Waze does not have a dual camera type these should be mapped as a Red Light Camera with 0 mph speed set.

Dummy Cameras

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Dummy cameras should only be mapped when a camera housing is present but is either inactive, only the camera housing, or has been bagged over.

There are rare occasions when a fake camera is erected by local residents to deter speeding traffic, these can also be mapped as Dummy cameras if reported by wazers.


Camera Placement

When mapping a camera, you should examine clues on the map and aerial photography to assist in moving the camera to the correct position. You should be aware though that aerial photography (including road markings) and services such as Streetview are often out of date, so do not rely on them exclusively.

The camera types listed below aim to assist you in placing the camera in the correct position. Unfortunately every situation cannot be catered for in this guide so your own judgement is required.

To move the camera select it and a circle will appear around it, the camera can then be moved anywhere in the circle. If it needs to be moved further then move it as far as allowed and save. Then use the "permalink" button at the bottom right of the editor screen to reload the page. Once reloaded the circle will be re-centred on the camera again, repeat until the camera is in the desired position.

Camera Orientation
Camera can be moved inside the circle

The red dot in front of the camera indicates the direction of travel and should be the same direction (facing the back of the car after it has driven past) regardless of camera type. If the camera is reversible you will need to map two cameras, one facing in each direction.

Setting camera speed and type

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When the camera is selected you are able to enter the speed in MPH that matches the speed limit the camera enforces.

When a speed is set the Wazer will receive an audible warning in the client when approaching the camera whilst exceeding the speed set. If no speed is set (0 mph) the Wazer will always receive an audible warning.

In variable speed limit areas the speed of the camera mapped in Waze should be set to the maximum permitted speed (e.g. 70mph for the M42).
Red Light Cameras should always be set to 0mph to ensure they always alert in the app.



Cameras that should be mapped

Gatso Speed Cameras

Gatso speed cameras are the most common speed camera type found in the UK and are rear facing, when triggered they will flash. They may be mounted on their own post (which may be reversible) or on an overhead gantries (these are being phased out in favour of HADECS3 side mounted cameras).

These cameras use radar to measure the speed of a vehicle and typically a series of road markings are placed on the road in front of the camera, often on both lanes to catch drivers overtaking or driving on the wrong side of the road. These markings may also be behind the camera, this is a good indication of a reversible camera.

Where aerial photography is of good enough quality it is possible to see the road markings aiding the placement of the camera.

Gatso "Smart Pole" Speed Cameras

The Gatso Smart Pole another camera variant being deployed around the UK which uses the same technology as the standard digital Gatso cameras introduced in 2007 with a vandal resistant pole. As with the standard unit it is rear facing, and when triggered will flash.

Where aerial photography is of good enough quality it is possible to see the road markings aiding the placement of the camera.

Take care not to confuse these cameras with Level Crossing Cameras which are similar in appearance.

Peek Speed Cameras

Peek speed cameras are similar to Gatso cameras in that they are rear facing and when triggered they will flash.

These cameras can use radar or sensors embedded in the road to measure the speed of a vehicle and typically no markings are painted on the road, though as older cameras are being upgraded to this new type of camera legacy markings may remain in the road.

Where aerial photography is of good enough quality, it can be used to aid correct placement of the camera in Waze Map Editor.

Truvelo Speed Cameras

Truvelo cameras differ from Gatso and Peek cameras in that they are front facing, since they are Infra Red, when triggered you will NOT see any flash. They may also be configured in a rear facing arrangement although this is not common.

These cameras use sensors embedded in the road rather than radar to measure the speed of a vehicle and typically the road is marked with three white lines in front of the camera across one or both lanes. These markings may also be behind the camera, this is a good indication of a reversible camera.

Where aerial photography is of good enough quality, it can be used to aid correct placement of the camera in Waze Map Editor.

Watchman Speed Cameras

Watchman cameras are quite unique among UK safety cameras in that they are an integrated system with a number of sensors comprising a speed warning board and a camera both with their own radar as shown below. At this time it is not clear if these cameras are type approved by the Home Office (and thus able to be used for prosecution).

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Where aerial photography is of good enough quality, it can be used to aid correct placement of the camera in Waze Map Editor.

Average Speed Cameras

SPECS (SPEed Check Services) and VECTOR are a system that uses number plate recognition to measure the time taken between two fixed points to monitor a driver's average speed. There are a number of camera types in use as shown in the images, however only one camera type will be used at a given site.

This is not a standalone system, an average speed zone may consist of two or more cameras at entry point, mid point(s) and exit point of the monitored zone. Due to the passive nature of this system no road markings are required.

Where aerial photography is of good enough quality, it can be used to aid correct placement of the camera in Waze Map Editor.

Average Speed Zones should be mapped according to the specific guidance.


Monitron Speed and Red Light Cameras

Monitron speed cameras (sometimes referred to as SpeedCurb) are a new generation of digital cameras which can be configured as a speed and / or a red light camera.

These cameras use sensors embedded in the road rather than radar to measure the speed of a vehicle and typically no markings are painted on the road, though as older cameras are being upgraded to this new type of camera legacy markings may remain in the road.

Where aerial photography is of good enough quality, it can be used to aid correct placement of the camera in Waze Map Editor. If the camera is used as a red light camera then it should be placed on the stop line in Waze Map Editor.

RedSpeed Speed and Red Light Cameras

These are new type of combined Speed and Red Light Camera.

Gatso Red Light Cameras

Gatso red light cameras are different to their speed detection counterparts and will be triggered when driving through a red light.

These cameras use radar to measure the speed of a vehicle and do not normally have any markings on the road other than the stop line for the traffic lights.

When approving a red light camera in Waze Map Editor it should be placed on the stop line.

Level Crossing Cameras

Take care not to confuse these cameras with Gatso "Smart Pole" Cameras which are similar in appearance.

Cameras that should not be mapped

  • Mobile speed cameras - typically situated in a van, should be reported via the app as visible police
  • Trafficmaster sensors -typically in a blue or green housing on bridges or poles
  • CCTV cameras - can often cover junctions, level crossing, and general highway monitoring
  • ANPR cameras - typically in a grey housing mounted on lamp columns
  • Other enforcement cameras - do not map bus lane, junction box, etc cameras
  • Driver feedback signs
  • Camera warning signs