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Aachen employs smart phones to bust illegal parkers

The Local · 27 Jul 2011, 16:01

Published: 27 Jul 2011 16:01 GMT+02:00

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The move makes Aachen the first large city in Germany – it has about 260,000 inhabitants – to use the technology to enforce parking laws, according to municipal officials.

Photos from the “crime scene” make protests futile and will save the city €80,000 per year, said Detlev Fröhlke, a spokesman for the city office that enforces parking ordinances, on Wednesday.

When parking enforcers find illegally parked cars, they are instructed to take three photos in order to confirm the offence. The data they enter in the system is compared with the photos to ensure everything is being documented properly.

The system has been in use for a month and if it’s successful Aachen hopes to use it to enforce other offences, such as the illegal dumping of garbage or unauthorized advertising on roads.

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16:31 July 27, 2011 by catjones
In Berlin these ticketmeisters travel in pairs. One writes the ticket; the other watches. One reason for low unemployment.
05:21 July 28, 2011 by freechoice
Why can't they build more parking spaces?

Hey that creates jobs too!
07:04 July 28, 2011 by berfel
This is not new. Not a new idea anyway. I saw lots of such activity in Pilsen (Czech Republic) a couple of months ago.

However, if they are using mobile phones or other unsealed devices to collect "evidence", then that evidence may be challenged.

Photos can, for example, be taken at any time. The time programmed into the device which time-stamps the photo can be manipulated by the user. They can subsequently "upload" the photo at the correct time, "proving" that the vehicle was e.g. in a restricted zone at the "wrong" time.

The fact that a law-abiding person wouldn't do such a thing is irrelevant. Truly law-abiding people form only a tiny percentage of the total population. The vast majority of people will do something that they know is wrong if they believe that they can get away with it.
15:58 July 28, 2011 by catjones
berfel..'The vast majority of people will do something that they know is wrong if they believe that they can get away with it. '

Care to substantiate?
18:44 August 18, 2011 by bockreiter
The behaviour of the German People in the years 1933 to 1945 proove beyond a shadow of doubt berfles's point.

Having grown up in Aachen with the guilt of my ancestors I do know what I'm stating...
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