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The Aura Advantage

THE IMPORTANCE OF VERIFICATION - All databases are not created equal. 

Unlike AURA, many other GPS databases rely largely on locations provided by hobbyists who might not be able to tell a speed camera or a red light camera from a traffic flow camera or a surveillance camera. These databases could result in annoying false alerts, which could lead you to start ignoring even legitimate alerts--defeating the point of having a GPS database in the first place.

Other databases are not updated every day, and they also limit how often you can download updates. As a result, devices using these databases are not as up-to-date as they could be and are likely to miss alerts.

In contrast, Snooper has assembled a professional team that devotes every working day to verifying each and every speed camera and high risk zone that goes into the AURA database.

The AURA database is constantly updated, and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. AURA’s reliability is backed up by Snooper, one of the most respected and trusted satellite navigation and speed camera location manufacturers. Snooper has won dozens of awards for innovation and product performance and has been establised since 1979.

If you’re considering a GPS database to reduce your risk of an unintended speeding ticket or accident, doesn’t it make sense to go with the database—and the company—that reduces that risk the most?

The AURA speed camera detector database is the most comprehensive of its kind in Europe and is utilised by only Snooper’s satellite navigation and GPS speed trap location systems. 

Other 2 in 1 satellite navigation systems such as Tom Tom, Garmin and other GPS speed camera detectors only give you the opportunity to download a database perhaps four times a year. This means that your system can be up to three months out of date before your next update and you can get caught by a speed camera you didn’t know about. New speed cameras (including temporary cameras) appear on the AURA speed camera database within 48 hours.

Speed cameras are here to stay and are still on the increase, Snooper satellite navigation and GPS speed camera detector systems are equipped to keep you aware of the stretch of road you are on, letting you know the speed limit and alert you to all fixed cameras including the new MCS (Multi-Camera System) plus SPECs average speed cameras in road works.

Our database incorporates many thousands of cameras, all types of fixed point speed traps and many mobile sites throughout the UK and includes the speed limits at all these locations. As well as the UK and Ireland, the AURA speed trap database now offers Worldwide protection. Included in our system are locations in Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Romania, Russia, North America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and is still growing.

The AURA speed trap and accident hotspot database comprises the widest number of locations and alerts including: 

  • Gatso & Truvelo Cameras

  • Watchman

  • MCS (Multi Camera System)

  • Speedcurb

  • SPECs average speed

  • Roadwork cameras

  • DS 2

  • Accident Hotspots

  • High Risk Zones

  • Mobile Laser

  • Mobile Safety Vans

  • Temporary Gatso

  • Truvelo Cameras

  • Congestion Charge Cameras

  • Digital Cameras

  • Schools (optional)

Snooper has pioneered speed safety camera detection and the AURA database leads the way in accuracy and consistency as well as being the most comprehensive in the World.

Common Speed Camera Types

 

 

DS 2

Detected by all Snooper GPS Speed Camera Detectors and Sat Nav Systems

DS2 / Speedmaster / Autovision are names for a very similar system, which is a semi-permanent type site. There are usually 3 piezo strips in the surface of the road, accompanied by a short grey post on the verge. These sites by themselves are harmless and again warning is only given using a GPS system. They require additional equipment which is usually found in a camera partnership van or unmarked car.

SPECs Average Speed Camera

Detected by all Snooper GPS Speed Camera Detectors and Sat Nav Systems

SPECs systems operate in pairs or more of cameras usually over a mile or two. The system will focus on a vehicle number plate and then as the vehicle passes subsequent cameras, the average speed is calculated based on the length of time taken to travel over a set distance. Due to the fact that they use digital recording they are always active and as they do not use radar or laser, you will need a GPS system to detect them.

 

Gatso Speed Cameras

Detected by all Snooper GPS Speed Camera Detectors, Sat Nav Systems and Radar Detectors

Gatso cameras are by far the most common safety cameras on todays roads, however they will be detected by all our detectors in the Snooper range. Gatso cameras are typically yellow in colour and are accompanied by a series of white lines painted on the roads surface. A Gatso camera will face the rear of a vehicle and calculates speed by emitting a constant K-Band Radar signal. When a vehicle passes through the radar faster than they should be, a photograph is taken.

 

Speed Curb

Detected by all Snooper GPS Speed Camera Detectors and Sat Nav Systems

The Speedcurb camera is very rare at the moment and they are also known as "Monitron" or "Tri-eye" cameras. Due to the fact that they operate with two sets of piezo strips in the road surface rather than radar or laser emissions, you will need a GPS system in order to detect them.

 

Laser Camera Vans

Detected by all Snooper Laser Detectors

Mobile camera vans (including safety partnership camera vans) normally have a laser device mounted within the vehicle or a device that can be mounted on a tripod outside of the vehicle. Unlike the older style radar guns the laser has to be targeted at a specific vehicle. There are a number of sites throughout the UK where these are used frequently and they are classed as 'Risk Zones' on our Aura database.

 

Watchman

Detected by all Snooper GPS Speed Camera Detectors, Sat Nav Systemsand Radar Detectors

The Watchman camera is currently on trial awaiting type approval prior to a national installation programme. Like the Gatso, a constant stream of radar is emitted and speed is calculated as a vehicle passes through, triggering the camera. The difference with this camera is that it can monitor the speed of a vehicle before you pass it. There are also two types of camera built into the head unit. One is used to take an overview of the road and the other is used as a Number Plate Recognition System. You will see these cameras often accompanied by a "speed board" which displays the speed limit for that stretch of road.

 

Mobile Laser Guns

Detected by all Snooper Laser Detectors

These types of laser devices can be either mounted on a tripod or can be hand held. Unlike the older style radar guns which were just directed towards oncoming traffic the laser device has to be targeted at a specific vehicle to obtain a reading.

 

Truvelo Speed Camera

Detected by all Snooper GPS Speed Camera Detectors and Sat Nav Systems

Truvelo cameras, whilst they may look similar to the traditional Gatso device work in an entirely different way. The camera doesn't use radar or laser to determine speed, instead speed is measured through two independant sets of piezo strips in the road surface. Once the speed is calculated, a picture is taken of the front of the offending vehicle. In order to be alerted to this type of device you will need a GPS based system.

 

Traffic Master Camera

These are NOT speed cameras. All Snooper GPS Speed Camera Detectors, Sat Nav Systems, Radar and Laser Detectors do not detect these.

COMMON MISTAKE!
This is an AA Traffic Master monitoring system. These can very easily be confused with a SPECs system. Consequently they are not included in the Aura database.

 


Peek Speed Cameras

Detected by all Snooper GPS Speed Camera Detectors and Sat Nav Systems

It is still possible to see the older style Peek cameras in use. These work by vehicles driving over three piezo strips situated in the surface of the road. This type is also accompanied by lines on the road similar to the Gatso type cameras. Please note: They can also be used as Red Light Cameras which are not included in the Aura database.

 

Red Light Cameras

These are NOT speed cameras. All Snooper GPS Speed Camera Detectors, Sat Nav Systems, Radar and Laser Detectors do not detect these.

COMMON MISTAKE!
Although made by Gatso, this camera is not for speed detection, but for the jumping of red lights. This type of camera is not included in our Aura database.