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Spy Camera Turns Captain Planet

Adrian Mudd   April 30, 2008

With global warming being a big concern, scientists have developed a spy camera with a few extras that you won’t find in your spy store. The advanced spy technology will be capable of measuring exhaust fumes of drivers.

The state of the ozone layer is causing many a furrowed brow in scientific circles but scientists hope that a newly developed spy camera that is capable of measuring the pollution levels of exhaust fumes will help them target drivers emitting unacceptable amounts of pollution from their vehicles. Spy equipment is constantly being utilised in new ways and technology that emanates from spying style equipment could be the latest ally in the fight against climate change.

On The Road To A Cleaner Environment

According to a report in the Telegraph, a newly developed spy camera is being rolled out with the intention of capturing motorists whose vehicles don’t adhere to the acceptable levels of exhaust pollution. The spy technology in this case is very high end and it is unlikely to wind up in a spy store any time soon. The spy equipment UK, which is to be trialled in London, fires infrared and ultraviolet light across the road and is capable of scanning 3,000 cars and hour whilst spotting vehicles (and their number plates) which have unacceptable pollution levels in a matter of seconds. The need for spy counter-surveillance technology to measure pollution is long overdue in London as it is has the worst air quality in Britain and amongst the worst in Europe. The report in the Telegraph found that 72% of London residents were concerned about the level of pollution in the capital.

Keeping Britain Clean

According to the report in the Telegraph, the implementation of spy cameras on a London street isn’t to enforce penalties on drivers at present but merely to assess the extent of the pollution problem. The spy camera used in this case varies from the type you would expect to find in a spy store in a number of ways but its main aim is still to provide surveillance information. If, however, the spy camera does become an enforcement tool in the future, its creator Duncan Mounsour, tells the Telegraph it would easily adapt to the task by stating, “Should registered keepers of those vehicles not heed any notices that may be sent to them to get their vehicles tuned up and better maintained, then it could be used as a system to issue penalties.”