What Are Some Different Types of UDOT Cameras?


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The Utah Department of Transportation uses more than 700 standing detection cameras, telescopic cameras mounted on top of traffic poles, and dome cameras. UDOT also uses remote-controlled cameras on wheels.

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The standing detection, telescopic and dome cameras provide visual images to UDOT traffic control operators. Together with data taken from road sensors, UDOT uses the camera feeds to evaluate traffic patterns. Employees then communicate information to the public through variable message signs, social media such as Twitter, and other modes of communication. The UDOT Traffic App, available on iOS and Android, provides camera images as part of its traffic information.

The remote-controlled camera is a camera mounted on wheels. Engineers use these cameras to capture images from inside pipes and culverts, showing which pipes require repair or replacement. Cracks and joints can be measured using the camera's laser. The camera can also be used to identify obstructions or clogs in pipes.

UDOT began installing cameras in earnest when Salt Lake City hosted the winter Olympics in 2002, anticipating an influx of tourists and more traffic. The movement also reflected the state's commitment to intelligent transportation design that came with the reconstruction of Interstate 15.

According to a February 2104 article, a typical camera costs about $4,000.

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