|Posted on May 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM|
You're on a car forum and it's obvious who the fan boys are in the Laser Interceptor camp and who are in love with the Antilaser Priority. I'm not a member of any of those forums, nor do I sell either system. You want to know from an unbiased source which one you'd go with. My official answer is Antilaser Priority over Laser Interceptor any day of the week, especially since LI 8.15 raised prices to $699. I actually think Laser Interceptor is now one of the worst jammers on the market(read my past blogs about Stalker X series, LTI LRB, and Dragon.)
I'm not a fan boy for AntiLaser Priority, but I do recommend it over Laser Interceptor. This is my official position. This doesn't mean I don't recommend other laser jammers. It just means if I have to pick between the two I would choose ALP as of 5/12/14.
|Posted on April 27, 2014 at 7:55 AM|
A couple firmwares came out recently on two different brands and guess how they did?
Laser Interceptor finally came out with firmware 8.15 and guess what? It failed against DragonEye Compact.
Blinder HP-905 came out with firmware FW. 14.02.01 and it also failed against the same gun.
|Posted on March 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM|
Cash and cash equivalent assets dropped to $ 454,978 compared to $703,172 in 2012. Total assets dropped to $13.0 million from $13.3 Million in 2012.
Taken from the SEC filing, "Gross profit decreased to $1,749,422 (49.9% of revenue) in the fourth quarter of 2013, versus $2,392,397 (51.6% of revenue) in the prior-year quarter."
What does this mean for the LaserAlly LIDAR gun? Nothing really. LaserAlly lost exclusive rights to sell the rebranded DragonEye LIDAR systems. A few key players in the law enforcement industry like Decatur Electronics and Coban Technologies distribute the jammer-proof laser gun.
Digital Ally spent a whopping $208,316 in litigation fees with DragonEye Technologies, LLC in 2013. Yikes.
DragonEye responded to the litigation by writing this on there website:
"Norcross, GA (December 21, 2013) - DragonEye Technology, Inc., (a privately held entity) announced today that the U.S. District Court for Kansas has denied the Digital Ally Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) motion for a temporary injunction and restraining order in Case Number: 13-2290-CM. Details of the Court's ruling are publicly available at:
DragonEye Technology's President, Scott Patterson commented, "We are extremely pleased with the Court's thorough denial of this motion. While DragonEye strives to resolve disputes amicably, we will of course defend our rights to compete in the law enforcement market and vigorously pursue our counterclaims."
DragonEye Technology manufactures advanced law enforcement speed measurement equipment including handheld Lidars and Digital Photo Enforcement systems"
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|Posted on March 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM|
"Hello! My name is Andre and I live in Brazil. Police is now using laser guns here... We get tickets for driving 10% over 80km/h (about 50mph) on the highways and I would lie your advice to avoid them. I found nothing here. Appartently you are using this technology for a long time. There are several products on the internet and I liked your reviews because you don’t seem to take sides! The Police seems to be using Trucam guns (please take a look and you will know what is the best for me):
My car is a regular VW Passat. I am not a speeder, but if you drive at 50 as they say, you are most likely going to blow up your engine or your patience! I have a friend going to the US soon and I will have him buying a good laser jammer and radar detector for me and bring them down - I hope he will not have problems at customs, as this equipment looks like a regular internet router! As far as I can see, the HP905 Triple should do the trick. Please advise your comments. Thanks a lot!"
The TruCam has been out for a long time and it's easily jammed by the following laser jammers in your country. Many mfc's use regional firmware so be sure you have the correct firm when ordering from your authorized dealer.
Blinder HP-905 - Yes (Two answer your question, Yes, the triple head will be great for your car. Mount one head over the plate and mount the others close to the headlights.)
Laser Intercerptor - Yes
Antilaser ALG9 - Yes
Antilaser Priorityn - Yes
Laser Elite - Yes
Laser Star Pro - Yes
Escort Laser ShifterPro - Yes
Escort ZR4 Laser shifter - Probably not since it was discovered that it can't jam the Truspeed S
Other white-box laser jammers can jam the Trucam, but distribution sources for these units are unreliable at this time and shipping is slow. Stock with any of the units I listed above with exception to the ZR4.
Let me know if you have any other questions,
Do you have a laser jammer question? Email me at LaserJammerTests[at]Gmail.com
|Posted on February 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM|
Anonymous Tipster Exposes More Possible Problems With Laser Interceptor's 8.14 Firmware.
Yesterday evening I received an email from a person who wishes to remain anonymous. This person is clearly an advanced user. I'll call him Bob in this blog. Bob wanted me to be aware that the Laser Interceptor 8.14 has more serious issues than the DragonEye Compact problems I wrote about.
"Chris, The laser interceptor 8.14 can't jam the stalker xlr" - Bob
"Is it a vpr gun?" - Me (I knew it wasn't a VPR gun but it didn't make sense to me why a fixed pulse rate frequency would be a problem to jam)
"No. Same pulse rate. Just different firmware that ignores the LI jamming pulses. Same pulse rate as the other stalkers. It will alert but get an instant PT. Also the LI doesn't jam the Truspeed S under 300 feet. "
"Damn. Now i have to buy another gun . Are you Raletc?"
"No. Just someone who is tired of the lies. If you test the 8.14 vs LRB you will sometimes get some crazy speed readings. The car may be going 30 mph and sometimes you will get readings that it is going 70mph. How do you do your HUD videos?"
"Just a regular flip camcorder. The typical camcorders are too hard to deal with. I always wondered about the LRB issue. I heard there was an issue but i didn't know what exactly it was. Do you know if the stalker XS has the same firmware? Those xlr's are spendy."
"I am not 100% sure. The xlr has better range so you are probably going to get more PTs with the xlr compared to then xs. How do you attach the flip to the HUD?"
"I don't have a mount. I hold it up to the HUD. This is why the camera isn't as steady as I'd like it. The truspeed s is by far the most difficult to film through as I'm sure you know."
"It is the magnification that makes it hard."
As of right now these tips must be verified. I can't confirm them just yet. I'll be able to test the Laser Interceptor against the Truspeed S to see if the punches are frequently happening below 300 feet.
Stay tuned and thank you "BOB" for the developing story this will become.
|Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:05 PM|
I was finally able to sit down for a few hours to knock out my latest review of the K40 Laser Defuser G5. The unit was tested lab style with an infrared camera and also road tested. The G5 performed better than expected and is actually the first laser jammer on the market to alert to all VPR guns in my tests. The most surprising part of my test was how the G5 could detect and jam the Truspeed S, however in the same lab style test you could see how the ZR4 completely failed against this gun. The whole review is pretty lengthy and you can read about it here, but if you want to watch the best test you can see it below. It's important to note that no laser jammer on the market, including the K40 G5 Defuser, can jam the DragonEye Compact ECCM, however the G5 can detect this special pulse rate when the Laser Interceptor 8.14 can not.
|Posted on January 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM|
My newest Valentine One with Savvy just showed up. Everything was packaged super tight as usual. I ran to my room to get the Truspeed S and DragonEye Compact. My preliminary test results with other detectors laser detection have been pretty surprising, but not so with the V1. Mike's magnesium shelled bogey searcher successfully alerted to the variable pulse rate mode, it's fixed pulse rate mode, and alerted to the Truspeed S as well without any problems. To date this makes only the Whistler "Dragon-Detectors" like the CR85/CR90 and the Valentine One capable of detecting all pulse rates. I will have videos of all these tests, but Ihave to wait for my firewire to usb adapter to show up because my Sony IR Handycam only has a firewire out and my new HP laptop doesn't have this port. Stay tuned for laser jammer and radar detector original content explosion!
UPDATE 1/13/14 - Escort Passport Max - Thumbs up! Same results as the V1.
1. DragonEye Compact Fixed Rate Mode - Alert
2. DragonEye Compact Variable Pulse Rate mode(ECCM) - Alert
3. LTI Truspeed S - Alert
Valentine One and the Whistler 'Dragon Detectors' (the box has to specifically say it detects LaserAlly) move all the way to the top for my favorite detectors. I do NOT sell these. Please visit the respective manufacturers for a dealer near you.
Copyright and trademarks are used in this editorial under the guidelines of the fair use copyright act.
|Posted on January 8, 2014 at 12:10 AM|
A certain group of individuals that are apart of a radar forum made a FAKE video of the Laser Technology LTI Truspeed S being jammed by the Escort ZR4 Laser Shifter. I want to reach out to that group publically and allow them to come clean about their fraudulent test. Maybe they made the video because Escort Inc is a "preferred vendor" on there site? In any case I'm giving this group a couple of days to email me an explanation of why they made this fake test because I will prove to the consumer community this was a faked ZR4 capability video. The Escort ZR4 Shifter does not jam the Truspeed S. This 'unbiased' testing group should make a formal apology for duping 500+ viewers, but in all honestly I'm not surprised by their actions because a banned member of their old group spilled the beans on everything and it's all copied to PDF's. This group has an agenda and it's clear when a certain administrator of the forum bans people who talk poorly of Laser Interceptor. The laser jammer industry is about to change because of a certain LIDAR manufacturer called DragonEye Technology. The truth is here unfortunately and laser jammers aren't what they used to be. It's truly a shame that forum members and 'testers' knowingly make false claims about a laser jammer they're in bed with just so they can get discounts.
|Posted on December 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM|
Preliminary bench testing results of the Laser Interceptor 8.14 Firmware against the DragonEye Compact:
Non-ECCM mode - Laser Interceptor alerts to the pulse rate
ECCM mode enabled(anti-jam mode) - Laser Interceptor FAILS to alert to variable pulse rate.
What does this mean to the laser jammer community? It's now 12/11/13 and the latest firmware doesn't even recognize the anti-jam pulse rate from the DragonEye Compact. You won't get a beep, a siren, or "unknown gun" alert. While the jammer is silent the police officer is easily reading your speed in real time. This is further evidence that Laser Interceptor USA is unable to acquire law enforcement grade guns OR they're faking videos all together. The LI will infact detect the non-ECCM pulse rate, but the minute an officer switches to anti-jam mode the driver is unaware they're even being targeted. Laser Interceptor USA is flat out scamming consumers if they're claiming DragonEye Compact law enforcement grade firmwares can be jammed. It's simply not entirely true.
I saw a video of the gun being jammed. How is this possible? If you switch the gun to non-ECCM mode it's easy to jam the gun, but if you turn on the anti-jam function this is another story. This is very misleading to the consumers and it's not surprising I have to issue another consumer alert.
CONSUMER ALERT - Laser Interceptor fails against ECCM-VPR DragonEye Compact Law Enforemcent Grade Firmware.
What jammer does jam this gun? - NONE. I have not found a single laser jammer that can counter this pulse rate Not a single one. Anyone who tells you the gun can be jammed is a scam artist.
|Posted on November 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM|
If it quacks like a duck it's probably a duck.
Rumors and speculation have flooded forums about the new Escort Laser ShifterPro. The Escort press release and CES review has limited content that hardcore enthusiasts and testers can really bite. The most common question is, "Is the Escort Laser ShifterPro" a private label or licensed reproduction of the current Laser Interceptor?" Nobody is admitting anything and really they don't have to because Escort and Laser Interceptor are private companies(btw did you know Escort recently sold off to another company? :-) The laser jammer heads and control box look identical to each other with exception to one thing. LI's(Laser Interceptor) control box is gray and Escorts is black according to the press release image. If you go to Escort's forum they don't even have a section for the new product. Let me give you some advice because history always repeats itself.
1. If you were in the market to buy a Laser Interceptor I would wait until the Escort LaserShifter Pro announces a ship date. Laser Interceptor USA(Cliff) will probably drop the MSRP to compete with the new jammer hitting the market. It's my opinion that Ivan with Laser Interceptor International probably licensed out a deal with Escort, especially since Escort is now under control of a new head. Mark my words that that MSRP of the Interceptor will go down to about $499.00 temporarily.
2. If Laser Interceptor made a licensing agreement with Escort you can bank on the fact Escort will be on their own or will receive "updates" AFTER Laser Interceptor receives them. Escort is probably manufacturing their own jammers and paying a fee for the code. The irony is Laser Interceptor settled with Blinder International. The argument could be made that Interceptors code falls under Blinder's code, but since the court case settled without public disclosure I can only speculate.
I want to make it perfectly clear that this blog is purely speculative and I can't guarantee the two companies are in kahoots(nor would I care if they were. I'm glad Escort is switching over to a Laser Diode based system that is upgradable. Finally!) With my editorial blog I have to include some photos for my readers. Take a look for yourself and look at the similarities.
Photo: Laser Interceptor Transponder
Photo: Escort Laser ShifterPro photo from their press release
Conclusion: Wait. Let's see if the Escort Laser ShifterPro can jam the DragonEye and Laser Ally variable pulse rate lidar guns. Laser Interceptor has issued updates faster than the competition, but Escort also has a fatter wallet. If the engineers at Escort can modify the firmware of their shifter/jammer, we may see updates come from Escort faster than any other jammer company. I'm so excited to see how this all plays out.
p.s. Copyright and trademarks are used for editorial purposes under the fair use copyright act.
|Posted on April 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM|
Do you have an older laser jammer that didn't alert or jam while you were driving on Interstate 5 or I-90 in Washington? Chances are you were hit by the Washington State Patrol's new addition, the LTI Truspeed S LIDAR with anti-jam software. The WSP also added the Kustom Signals Prolaser 4, but that gun is still jammable with older system software. If you need a laser jammer that can combat the Truspeed S you'll need one of the following units:
Blinder HP 905, Laser Elite, Laser Star Pro, or Laser Interceptor. All of these jammers are up to date with the latest threats.
Washington State Patrol's current inventory contains:
Type Manufacture Model
Radar Kustom Signals Eagle 95, Falcon, Pro-1000 DS, Trooper
Radar Decatur Electronics Genesis I, Genesis Il, GHS, VPD
Radar Applied Concepts Stalker DSR, DSR ll
Radar MPH Industries BEE III
Lìdar Kustom Signals PRO Laser Il, III, IV
Lidar Laser Technologies Inc. LTI 20-20, UItraLyteLR, TruSpeed, TruSpeed S
|Posted on April 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM|
Scott Patterson, CEO of DragonEye Technology, LLC, wrote the following to me 4/16/13.
"Don't know for sure but I believe a lot of these "testers" were using Laser Ally / DragonEye units with commercial (non law enforcement grade) software. Units sold for known non-law enforcement applications don't get the fully certified law enforcement software. Speed accuracy is of course just as good but the anti-jamming software is not the same. See below. The situation has been like this for a long time now." - Scott Patterson
Mr. Patterson brings up an interesting topic. We know that Laser Ally has many software versions and we're also aware of the new Laser Ally Compact model that came out not too long ago which retails around $1700.00. Does the Laser Interceptor jam even the older Laser Ally's? According to the CEO of DragonEye's email above, one can't totally be for sure because Digital Ally is the distributor for the LIDAR guns. One could argue that a private person like myself could simply have their sherriff buddy acquire one without DragonEye knowing. The Laser Interceptor in the test video above is version 8.13 and it completely fails to jam the gun. Not good! Another website on Google would probably say the Interceptor is now obsolete if they didn't have a financial interest in selling them. I personally trust Scott Patterson's test video, but I can't validate his claim of different software versions being used for different markets. Scott even admitted that he doesn't know for sure. So where is the truth? Does the Laser Interceptor fail against a commercial software, law enforcement software, both, or did DragonEye just make another software version for the video to prove a point? The LI has been shown to jam this gun before by independent testers much like the Laser Elite has. The ultimate question becomes, 'Which DragonEye software versions are being tested?" Those who have the guns don't want to disclose the version numbers because of fear the software will be updated. LaserAlly will always have the one-up because a jammers response is always reactive, not proactive. Are you a purchasing agent for your police department? I highly recommend the LTI Truspeed S and Laser Ally Compact.
|Posted on April 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM|
Does the Laser Elite jam the new Variable Pulse Rate guns like the Truspeed S and LaserAlly guns? Yes....for a long time now.
A couple days ago a confused consumer asked me why a certain website said the Laser Elite was obsolete along with some other untruths. I thought this was strange considering the Laser Elite LE-X2, LE-X3, LE-X4, & LE-X1 jams all the latest laser guns, including all the VPR guns made today. This consumer pointed me to a website maintained by a guy name Matt, who doesn't actually do any testing himself, but instead steals content from other peoples sites and cites unfounded opinions in order to point people to Laser Interceptor and Blinder HP 905. I sell a variety of laser jammers in my store, but you won't find me making up stuff to favor one model over another.
Here is the truth. The Laser Elite was jamming the Laser Ally all the way back in September of 2012 and the LTI Truspeed S in December 2012! Proof of this was when "turbosjedi" and "LaxMan" on the Rennlist forum tested the Laser Elite and Blinder HP 905 against the same gun. Both jammers jammed the LaserAlly, but it was the Laser Elite that didn't show a "jam code."
If you want your Laser Elite tested against the LaserAlly in Idaho state I bet Turbosjedi would meet up with you if you asked. If you're in Washington State and want your Elite, Blinder, or any other jammer tested against the Truspeed S simply email me. I own this awesome LIDAR gun along with a handful of other units :-)
It's really quite sad that other webmasters post information when they outright know the info is false. The Laser Elite isn't obsolete by any means. I highly recommend the Laser Elite and Blinder HP 905 laser jammers against the latest VPR guns.
|Posted on March 28, 2013 at 5:05 AM|
Even though Rocky Mountain Radar Scrambers/Jammers don't work, the lawmakers in Iowa passed laws that banned radar jamming devices. Jamming police radar guns is already a Federal offence in all 50 states. Trust me when I say none of those so called radar scamblers don't work. Iowa isn't stopping at radar because laser defense is now on the attack. A bill passed by the House made it out of a Senate subcommittee with an amendment. Manufacturers of laser jammers don't have to close up shop(not that any of the manufacturers reside in that state anyway) under the amendment, but they will be prohibited from selling devices within the state. I'm glad the legislators can have their cake and eat it too. Ban laser jammers, but still allow the state to collect corporate taxes on the jammer manufacturers if they ever move to Iowa. Nice.
Most of the laser jammers manufactured today like the Blinder HP 905, Laser Interceptor, Laser Elite, and Antilaser Alg9 are sold as "parking sensors" to get around these laws. Escort's ZR4 Laser Shifter and K40's new G5 Laser Defuser have the option to turn off the jamming mechanism while keeping the laser detection operational. I never condone breaking any laws, but if someone did want to get a laser jammer they should consider buying a jammer that doesn't produce jam codes. Most laser guns have jam codes with exception to the Kustom Prolaser 3. The Laser Ally manufactured by Dragon and sold by Digital Ally have an entire marketing campaign boasting anti-jammer software in their line up of guns.
Watch the news coverage on this story here
|Posted on March 24, 2013 at 3:20 AM|
Big news in the laser jammer industry for March 2013.
Stalker announced the release of the new "X-Series" LIDAR guns. These new LIDAR guns are extremely light and small. The aluminum housing has been replaced with a polycarbonate shell, effectively eliminating the fatigue brought on by other laser guns using metal housings. I can speak from experience that the first, second, and third generation Stalker LIDAR units(most recently the Stalker LR) were quite having, especially when you compared the units to the heavily used Kustom Prolaser III's. The new XLR version has a minimum range of less than 10 feet in range mode and 45 feet in speed mode. Normal approaching targets have a maximum speed reading at 4,000 feet! That is a full 1,000 feet more range than the Truspeed LR by Laser Technology. In comparison, the Stalker XLS LIDAR model that's cheaper than the LR, has a maximum range of 2000 feet and is comparable to the LTI TruSpeed gun stock model and the Truspeed S single hand model. It will be interesting to see how competitive the prices are because an LTI Truspeed S can be purchased for as little as $1595. State contracts have different prices. Unlike the Truspeed Series that claims "water resistance", the Stalker XLS and XLR are advertised to be completely waterproof! The beam divergence of the new units are following the industry trend of 3mrad's wide, or 3 feet wide at 1000 feet. In the past we've seen LIDAR units going down to 2.5 mrad's wide. The narrower the beam the harder it is for laser jammers to detect them. It would make total sense for the manufacturers to widen the beam if the laser diode isn't as powerful as previous models. With a wider beam you have a larger surface area to reflect, thus a cleaner and faster speed reading. The Stalker X series guns are both advertised to obtain a speed reading in less than .4 seconds, compared to the faster LTI Truspeed's that can clock a car in as little as .33 seconds. One important thing I noticed about the Stalker XLR and XLS is they don't have any advertised anti-laser jammer marketing propoganda. The Truspeed and Digital Ally LaserAlly guns both specifically advertise anti-laser jammer software, whereas Stalker completely leaves laser jammers out of the picture.
Click on picture above to see Stalker's new LIDAR gun.
If I was a police officer I would give Applied Concepts(Stalker) a call! These new guns seem like a real winner that easily compete with LTI's line up of LIDAR's. I imagine these units will be very inexpensive. I'm just glad they finally threw out the metal housing on these new guns. Nobody wants to carry a 5 pound(okay maybe it's not that heavy) weight for 8 hours a day. These new guns are 2.3 pounds and that includes the lithium ion battery that can last 3 shifts. Incredible!
"Stalker Radar introduces new X-Series traffic speed enforcement LIDARs.
San Diego, CA (Sept. 29) -- Stalker Radar and LIDAR, the World Leader in Speed Measurement unveiled its new X-Series traffic speed enforcement LIDARs at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition.
"The all-new Stalker LIDAR XLR and XS are the smallest and lightest hand-held, gun type lasers on the market today," according to Bill Fagan, Stalker Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Stalker Engineers achieved substantial reductions in size and weight through development of circuit miniaturization technologies and advanced manufacturing techniques.
"At 2.3 lbs. including the removable/rechargeable battery handle, the X-Series may be light but it's no lightweight," Fagan said. "The Li-Ion battery handle provides ample power to last two or more shifts, depending on how long and often speeds are measured. The ergonomic design, coupled with the light weight, makes the X-Series LIDAR comfortable and accurate to use.
"Acquisition time is under 0.4 second with solid tracking and the industries longest range."
The X-Series Long Range (XLR) is the best choice for targets as far as 4,000 feet away while the X-Series Standard (XS) is ideal for metropolitan and suburban departments.
The X-Series LIDARs feature rugged molded polycarbonate bodies that stand up to almost anything encountered during an officer's day or night.
Along with exclusive simultaneous speed/distance HUD display, both LIDAR models feature tracking (continuous) and single-shot modes with a variable auto tone corresponding to target speed, much like a radar's Doppler tone which many officers are already familiar. There is no tone when no target is being tracked, while tone repetition increases as the beam moves into the target and return signal quality increases.
Speeds can be measured from 1-299 mph, 2-481 km/h, and 2-344 knots, all with ±1 unit accuracy. They are waterproof and can operate from -22°F to 140°F.
Both the XLS and XS are FDA/CDRH CLASS 1M Laser Devices which means they are eye-safe.
The LIDAR X-Series is designed and manufactured exclusively by Stalker Radar, the World Leader in Speed Measurement. Law enforcement organizations, professional sports teams, and manufacturers around the globe requiring state of the art speed measurement applications look to Stalker Radar products for the utmost in quality and value."
|Posted on March 13, 2013 at 2:20 AM|
"I don't speed all the time, but when I do I speed in the passing lane :-)" As I was typing that I did use the 'most interesting man' voice out loud. Kidding.
No but seriously this is a great news article. A woman was pulled over by a Maryland State Trooper because she was 'impeding the flow of traffic." MSP you are my hero!!! I wish Seattle and Washington State Troopers would ticket all the grandmas and soccer moms for driving below the speed limit on I-5 and I-90. That would be a dream come true. I'm not an advocate for ticketing drivers for speeding(reasonable speeding in safe driving conditions), but in the case of slow drivers 'Sunday Driving', they should all get a ticket in my opinion. Impeding the flow of traffic can make the drivers behind them get pretty angry. I've seen many drivers speed around the 'Sunday Driver' and cut them off as a way of telling them it was unacceptable. Sometimes the bird would fly. I swear I never did any of that.
In the world of laser jammers, just make sure you're never following a car too closely because if you're hit with a LIDAR gun the car in front of you may block the jamming beam.
|Posted on March 9, 2013 at 4:30 AM|
Breaking news that just hit the news wire 13 hours ago.
OptoTraffic, manufacturer of the speed LIDAR traffic camera system has got to be pretty upset. An Ohio judge ruled that the traffic cameras are "a scam" and all operations in the county are to be stopped. Citations that have already been issued have an unknown future. The traffic camera uses LIDAR, but also uses an invisible IR flash to capture your plate. Many traffic cameras using laser are now using this invisible flash as well because it's less likely to startle the driver. One could also argue that if you don't see the flash you'll be less likely to remember where you got the ticket, thus you'd be more likely to speed in that spot again. If you look at the videos you'll see the system is a mobile unit and not fixed like the older gatso/red flex cameras. It's unknown if any of the laser jammers can prevent a speed reading on these systems.
The full article and news source can be found below.
An Ohio judge says Elmwood Place's automated speed-traffic cameras are "a scam" that cheats drivers out of $105 a pop.
If you happen to drive too fast through Elmwood Place, Ohio, the cards are stacked against you, according to a judge who calls the village's automated speeding camera "a scam that motorists can't win."
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman on Thursday ruled that the village's ordinance violated due process. He issued an injunction barring its enforcement.
There have been numerous legal challenges across the U.S. to red-light camera laws but observers said this is the first ruling they know of striking down a municipality's speeding-camera law.
"Speed-camera cases have been litigated but we have not come across one where a judge has said, 'Stop this,'" attorney Mike Allen, whose firm brought the case, told MSN News on Friday. "I think it's going to touch off a firestorm around the country. I really do."
Calls and emails by MSN News to Elmwood Place village officials and police Chief William Peskin were not immediately returned on Friday. Allen said he expects the village to appeal.
Ruehlman sprinkled colorful language in his ruling striking down Elmwood's "automated speed enforcement program," which is carried out by Optotraffic, a Lanham, Md.-based company, under a contract with the village. Optotraffic gets a 40 percent cut of the revenues from fines it collects.
The two cameras installed in town reportedly resulted in 6,600 speeding citations — three times the village's population -— at $105 a pop in the first month after enforcement began in September.
The judge, who heard arguments in January, found that the ordinance fails to provide due process to people receiving a notice of fines in the mail. He said the village doesn’t have a sign warning motorists that traffic cameras are in operation, as required by state law.
To challenge the $105 fine, a motorist has to pay $25 for a hearing that is "nothing more than a sham!" the judge wrote. At the hearing, he said, the "witness" for the village testifies from a report produced by the company that owns the speed-monitoring unit. Since the "witness" was not present when the alleged violation occurred, he or she can't be cross-examined, Ruehlman wrote.
Moreover, he said, the device was not calibrated by a certified police officer.
"Remember, Optotraffic has a financial stake in this game. I use the term 'game' because Elmwood Place is engaged in nothing more than a high-tech game of 3 CARD MONTY," the judge wrote emphatically. "It is a scam that motorists can't win."
He noted that individuals and businesses in Elmwood Place have suffered as a result of the traffic cameras. "Churches have lost members who are frightened to come to Elmwood and individuals who have received notices were harmed because they were unable to defend themselves against the charges brought against them," he said.
The judge's decision did not address what happens to the fines already collected.
The controversy over the cameras has also spawned petition drives, demands for the mayor to step down and calls to boycott the village.
Thirteen states have speed cameras in operation, while 12 states have passed laws prohibiting them, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Many more states have red-light cameras in operation.
Critics of speed and red-light cameras argue that the devices violate motorists' rights. The say municipalities and law enforcement agencies are using automatic cameras mainly to raise revenue, not to boost traffic safety.
"It's very rare you get a decision like this regardless of the size of the town," said Barnet Fagel, a Chicago-area man known as "The Ticket Doctor," who appears as a court expert for attorneys challenging traffic tickets. "Being there is so much money involved, it's rare you get a judicial person who stands up" against such ordinances, he told MSN.
Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, which supports automated traffic cameras, said he wasn't aware of any previous rulings like the Ohio one.
"It’s a local legal decision, but it's alarming to think that speed or red-light cameras cannot be part of a state's traffic safety program," Adkins told MSN News.
"They're one of many tools in the toolbox. We're not advocating for a camera on every corner, but there are places where cameras are needed and they've been proven over and over to save lives."
|Posted on June 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM|
It's almost here.
For years all of us have been begging Blinder Denmark and Blinder USA to make a jammer that falls within the same class as the Interceptor and Laser Elite. I have on good authority that the Blinder performs the best when compared to all jammers, including the Laser Interceptor. As soon as the jammer is made available to the public I will purchase the unit and test it out. It's my understanding this new diode jammer destroys Laser Interceptor in a head to head test against the variable pulse rate Truspeed S LIDAR. We'll see if this is Tru.
I can't wait!!!!!!
|Posted on July 21, 2011 at 3:17 AM|
When Laser Ally first came out Laser Interceptor could not 'see' or jam the gun. Laser Interceptor has generic jamming and in most cases this special algo will do fine against fixed pulse rate guns. For example when the Truspeed first came out at 200.3PPS LI's generic algo had no problem jamming it from the beginning. We now know the pulse rate of the LaserAlly is VPR, meaning it's a Variable Pulse Rate gun. The word on the street was Laser Interceptor was successful in purchasing 2 LA's and tried to come up with a 'fix.' It's very possible Ivan and his engineers did come out with a fix for the two models they purchased, however the engineers at Dragon held their promise from the beginning. Dragon will release new revisions of their software at any time. The only way for Laser Interceptor to keep up with the pulse rate changes is to keep on buying gun after gun after gun. The video below shows how Laser Ally is now detectable by the Interceptor, however the jamming pulse algo used is ineffective.
|Posted on July 18, 2011 at 1:08 PM|
If you keep up with my site you'll know I like to post patents of new products, etc. Kustom Signals finally put the PL4 on there website, a LIDAR gun that looks like it's made to take names(kinda like the Laser Ally.) The Kustom Prolaser 4 is touted to have a faster processor, a smaller beam width(2.5 milirads), a comfortable pistol grip, and a range of 8000 feet! Many laser jammer hobbyists believed the Prolaser IV wouldn't come out until an anti-jam software was released with it. I've read teh specs and marketing material and Kustom Signals claims nothing of the sort its new LIDAR gun has anti-jamming capability. When I look at the Prolaser 4 I notice the OLED display, forward slant grip like the Laser Ally, and the.....oh wait nothing else. I personally love the PL3 because it's easy to shoot, but if this PL4 is nothing more than a makeup job I'd rather save my money and get a Prolaser 3, Laser Atlanta Torch, or the new LTI Truspeed S.
You can check out the new Prolaser 4 here: