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Information on how the railway level crossing camera system works

There is one railway level crossing road safety camera system in Victoria, at Bagshot on the Midland Highway northeast of Bendigo.

  • This camera operates in much the same way as digital speed red-light intersection cameras in that it monitors both speed and red light. The camera was initially activated for speed in January 2010 and for red light in October 2012. There are two cameras located here to cover the traffic in both directions.
  • Cameras at the level crossing use an in-road piezo/inductive loop system as the primary Speed Measurement Device (SMD). There is also a secondary non-piezo/inductive loop mechanism.
  • When the camera detects an incident, readings are received from both the primary and secondary SMDs for comparison – this is called Secondary speed verification. Using two different mechanisms to record speed measurements ensures system accuracy. If the readings are consistent, the incident is sent for verification.
  • Encrypted camera data is sent via computer to two trained verification staff. They are required to independently review and verify the data and both must agree that an incident has occurred. If both staff do not agree a third is asked to adjudicate.
  • All agreed incidents are then sent to the Traffic Camera Office at Victoria Police for final authorisation, only then is a fine issued.
  • These cameras are subject to quarterly and annual hardware and software maintenance that is carried out by a contracted road safety camera service provider. In addition to this, an independent testing services provider performs routine testing on the level crossing cameras.
  • An independent testing officer also certifies the level crossing cameras on an annual basis in accordance with the Road Safety (General) Regulations 2009. During the certification process, the cameras are removed and replaced with newly certified devices. Upon successful completion of testing, compliance certificates are issued for each camera.

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