Up to 3,000 smart cameras will be placed on Belgium’s motorways to monitor vehicle registrations. The point was indicated by the Minister of the Interior, Jan Jambon (New Flemish Alliance), in a response to the Conservative-Liberal deputy, Philippe Pivin, reported on Tuesday by L’Echo, De Tijd and Sudpresse. The number far exceeds the 1,000 cameras in the process of installation by the federal police.
These APNR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras enable continuous identification of registration plates. They can be fixed or mobile and are already used by the federal police and several local police zones.
The first phase comprises the installation of 1,000 cameras across around 300 sites. Mr Jambon indicated in his response that phase 2 (154 motorway sites) was ordered on January 3rd, 2018 and phase 3 (120 to 150 sites) will be ordered later in the year. The project should be completed by mid-2020.
The contract has been awarded to a business partnership between the telecoms operator, Proximus, and the road sign erection company Trafiroad (the former Group Janssens).
The significant network of smart cameras aims to assist in the fight against crime and terrorism, but also to detect speeding. Belgian State Security will also have access to the network.