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Road Angel Professional Connected - Road Angel Professional Connected

By Riyad Emeran

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This latest speed camera detector from Road Angel has more features than you could shake a stick at, but let's start with the USP that I hinted at on the previous page. The key is in the name - Road Angel Professional Connected - and it's that Connected bit at the end that separates this device from the competition. You see unlike every other speed camera detector out there, the Professional Connected doesn't need to be hooked up to your PC in order to download data updates; instead this Road Angel is regularly downloading updates whenever it's switched on.

Inside the Road Angel Professional Connected is a GSM/GPRS transceiver, along with an Orange data SIM. This means that as soon as the device is switched on, the SIM registers with the Orange data network, the unit can receive updates over GPRS at any time. So, as soon as a new camera site is added to the Road Angel database, those coordinates will be beamed directly to your Professional Connected, which will update its own database on the fly, while you're driving. There's an indicator that illuminates whenever the Road Angel is updating, and considering how often this flashes up, it's clear that the old method of updating "once in a while" via a PC wasn't enough.

Of course you still can update the unit via your PC and an Internet connection, but I can't imagine why you'd want to. Knowing that your speed camera detector is always up to date without you having to lift a finger is, quite simply, ideal. But the cool Connected nature of this new Road Angel doesn't end there either - you can also instantly upload data to the Road Angel database. If you see a speed camera that your Road Angel didn't know about, you can simply press a button, which will log your exact coordinates and send them to the database chaps. Said database personnel will then confirm that there is in fact a camera at the location you provided, and then send an update out to every user.

As well as fixed camera locations, the Road Angel database also includes sites used by mobile camera vans - the Professional Connected will therefore warn you that there may be a mobile van coming up, but of course, then again, there may not. However, if you actually see a van at one of these locations, you can log it as a "Live Site" and that information will be transmitted to every other Connected Road Angel user instantly - now that's what you call a community working together!

Hamish Campbell

September 6, 2008, 12:38 pm

errr... you mean if you're a driver who regularly breaks the law, and wishes to keep you license, then you should get one of these.

ChaosDefinesOrder

September 7, 2008, 4:45 pm

agreed!





"If you're a keen driver and wish to keep your license, don't speed in the first place!

Riyad

September 9, 2008, 5:21 am

Personally I believe in driving safely, and I don't feel that instituting speed cameras as a means of revenue generation is promoting safer driving.





I have never had a single point on my license or a speeding fine, and I was driving long before the introduction of speed cameras or detectors. However, as I wrote in my review, a friend's wife picked up three points and a fine for straying, literally a few mph over the limit while driving her daughter home from school, and she is in no way a speed demon, or menace to other motorists.





The point is, so called "safety cameras" are not there to create a safer environment, they are placed at locations that will generate the most revenue. Try driving around North Wales, where the roads can be very treacherous, especially if speeding and you won't find a camera anywhere in sight. But find a wide, flat, straight, multi-lane dual carriageway and they'll be everywhere.





I live in a small village where myself and the other residents have actually requested the installation of speed cameras, since drivers speed past schools and nurseries and through the village centre, but to no avail. So in a residential village, where children are playing in parks and on greens there are no cameras, but a few miles away on a motorway, there are dozens.





Add to that the fact that many cameras are positioned exactly at the point where the speed limit changes, and are often obscured or hidden (despite legislation saying that this should not be the case) and it's obvious that money making is the key here.





Interestingly, Swindon council recently decided to cease support of speed cameras, since it felt that they did not reduce accidents and instead just generated revenue for central government.





It's very easy to say that anyone who strays above a speed limit is breaking the law and should be prosecuted, but then being drunk and disorderly is also breaking the law, but you don't see the police locking up everyone who rolls out of a pub on a Saturday night. The difference being that motorists are easier targets, and with a camera triggering an automatic fine and points, the police don't have to lift a finger. Arresting and prosucuting people for drunkedness, vandalism and anti-social behavior on the other hand, involves actually doing something, which is why most Friday and Saturday nights, the last place you want to be is in a town centre.

davidinbucks

September 15, 2008, 3:20 pm

I have had mine a couple of weeks. This is an excellent device and works exactly as described on the Road Angel site. It's very useful to see what speed you're doing. My own sports car overstates speed by around 10% but the speedometer in my wife's runabout is pretty accurate. Not cheap and doesn't do satnav, but I don't need or want that anyway. The automatic updates through the SIM card work fine so it's not neccesary to carry it indoors and connect it to a PC for updates.

steven 3

September 16, 2008, 4:05 pm

Its not about whether its right to speed or not. Either through guilt or innocence once you have 6 or 9 points on your licence you are not intentionally speeding though fear of loosing your licence and job....and this device is excellent and helping to remind you to check you speed regularly and at dangerous road junctions or straights where cameras have been installed.

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