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!
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