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Road camera overkill mystery cleared up

A MYSTERY surrounding 75 cameras and associated devices set up over a busy road in Baoshan District has been cleared up.

Motorists on the six-lane Youyi Road approaching the junction of Youyi Road and Keshan Road are confronted by what some initially take to be a flock of birds perched on an overhead bar.

Drawing closer, it becomes apparent that the “birds” are in fact numerous surveillance cameras and other devices.

But many drivers are still curious as to why quite so many are required.

The bar, supported by a post in the center, has 27 devices on one side and another 28 on the other.

Another 20 similar devices are installed on another bar on the west side of the crossroads.

The 75 devices include 20 surveillance cameras and LED flashlights, plus supporting equipment.

Traffic authorities said they were not installed by police or government departments.

But the mystery was solved yesterday when it emerged that the devices are being used for tests by an electronics company.

An engineer from Shanghai Baokang Electronics Company Ltd explained in his weibo microblog account that the cameras and flashlights are for work-related tests, and are not included to the Baoshan District traffic surveillance system.

He said it is an experiment to compare the performance of different camera brands and that some might be used in future traffic surveillance.

Shanghai Baokang, which is affiliated to Baosteel Engineering Technology Group, said all the devices will be removed after the tests.



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