Speed and Traffic Light Enforcement Cameras (India)

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Introduction

This page forms part of India Editing Best Practice. Editors are encouraged to follow these guidelines.

Waze currently supports reporting of and warning for three categories of cameras: Speed Cameras, Red Light Cameras and Fake Cameras. This Wiki page aims to help the Wazer identify, map and approve cameras in the Client and Map Editor.


Waze Camera Types

Speed Cameras

Icon camera speed@2x.png Fixed speed enforcement camera locations

Notes:

  1. Until such time as Waze supports SPECS (Average Speed) Cameras natively, these should be recorded as a standard speed camera at each location (entry point, mid point(s) and exit point).
  2. Mobile speed cameras should not be reported in Waze, instead use the Report -> Police feature in the client.

Red Light Cameras

Icon camera redlight@2x.png Red light camera locations of any type.


Note: Some red light cameras are capable of recording speed infringements as well as driving through a red light. Therefore you should set the speed limit for red light cameras as you would for speed cameras.

Fake Cameras

Icon camera fake@2x.png Fake cameras should only be reported for a dummy camera i.e. one that is masquerading as a speed or red light camera as defined above.


Reporting a Camera in the Client

To report a camera, press the report button at the bottom right hand side of the client screen. You will then be presented with the report Menu, from which you select "Camera".

All you need to do then is select the camera type and if it applies to your lane or the opposite one. Then simply press send.

Waze v3.x Report Menu
Waze v3.x Camera Screen
Waze v3.x Camera Screen

Notes:

  1. The camera report will be placed on the map where you were when you pressed the "Report" button, so you can take your time to complete the other details as driving allows.
  2. The camera will only appear in the client after it has been approved in Waze Map Editor.
  3. Where a location has a camera in each direction, or it is reversible, two reports will be required.


Approving a Camera in Waze Map Editor

After a camera has been reported by a Wazer from the client, it will not appear on the live map until it has been approved in the Waze Map Editor. Before approval cameras appear in brown and once approved they change to grey.

Unapproved Approved
UK Cams Unconfirmed Speed.png
UK Cams Unconfirmed RLC.png
UK Cams Unconfirmed Fake.png
UK Cams Confirmed Speed.png
UK Cams Confirmed RLC.png
UK Cams Confirmed Fake.png

(Note: The speed camera icons in the client do not have the old "30" logo as depicted still in Waze Map Editor)

Before approving a camera, the editor should exercise due diligence and investigate if there really is a camera at this location, being careful to rule out any duplicate(s) which has been reported and approved already. Many areas of the Waze map are flooded with cameras that are simply not out on the road. Use your judgement, if there is any doubt do not approve it but delete it.

Camera Placement

When reporting a camera from the Waze client it is not always possible to place it in the exact location required. Therefore, when approving a camera, the editor should examine clues on the map and aerial photography to assist in moving the camera to the correct position before approving it.

The identification guides for each camera type to be added to the Waze map aim to assist the editor in placing the camera in the correct position. Unfortunately every situation cannot be catered for in this guide so often the editor will have to use his/her judgement.

To move the camera select it and a circle will appear around it, the camera can then be moved anywhere in the circle. If it needs to be moved further then move it as far as allowed and save. Then use the "permalink" button at the bottom right of the editor screen to reload the page. Once reloaded the circle will be re-centred on the camera again, repeat until the camera is in the desired position.

Camera Orientation
Camera can be moved inside the circle

The red dot in front of the camera indicates the direction of travel and should be the same direction (facing the back of the car after it has driven past) regardless of camera type.

Note: A reversible camera will require two camera reports, one facing in each direction.

Setting Camera Speed and Approving the Camera

When the camera is selected you are able to enter the speed in the properties box in Kmph as shown to the right.

When the speed is set the Wazer will receive an audible warning in the client when approaching the camera whist exceeding the speed set. If no speed is set the Wazer will always receive an audible warning.

Once the camera has been positioned and the speed has been correctly set in Mph check the "Approved" box and save your changes.

The camera will now appear in the live map and on the client once the changes have been processed.

UK Cams WME Properties.jpg

Notes:

  1. In managed traffic zones with variable speed limits the speed should be set to the maximum permitted speed.
  2. Some red light cameras are capable of recording speed infringements as well as driving through a red light. Therefore you should set the speed limit for red light cameras as you would for speed cameras.
  3. There is currently a bug in both the iOS and Android clients that, which affects when it triggers audio alerts.


Removing an Approved Camera

An approved (grey) camera will appear on the live map the next live-map update after it is approved. If the camera is to be removed there are two mechanisms available to remove it.

Waze Map Editor

An editor has the option of deleting approved and unapproved cameras from the map simply by highlighting it and pressing the delete key or the "Bin" button in the Editor. It should be noted however, that editors can only delete an approved camera if their editing rank is equal to or greater than that that of the editor who originally approved it.

Waze Client

When approaching a camera the user receives a caption warning them of the camera, this caption has a "Not there" button. Each time this happens the users editing rank is added to a running total. When the total is equal to or greater than the rank of the user who approved the camera then it becomes un-approved. At this stage any-one can delete it or it can be re-approved.