Saturday, 20 August 2022

Big Brother is Watching: 1700 Cameras Placed Along Croatian Roads

August the 20th, 2022 - There have been 1700 brand new cameras placed along Croatian roads, and with numerous traffic accidents occurring every year, with that number heightened during the main summer tourist season, it's worth knowing about the systems put in place along Croatian roads.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, each and every tourist season, especially during its very peak, traffic accidents occur up and down the country on Croatian roads. This isn't remotely surprising given the intensity of the traffic at that time of year, it also shouldn't come as much of a shock because of the level of fatigue and the loss of concentration of drivers who sometimes sit behind the wheel without a break for much longer than they would otherwise. Accidents often occur because drivers put everything else aside, such as rest, in order to reach their destination as soon as possible. In such unfortunate cases, instead of enjoying the summer break, they often experience a tragedy on the road.

That's why it's good to know a little more about highway traffic camera systems that help respond to crisis situations along Croatian roads. Croatian Motorways (HAC) have now initiated the implementation of a new traffic information system on their roads, as part of which more than 1,700 digital cameras will be installed for a brand new video surveillance and video detection system, writes HAK

"As part of this wider project, analog cameras will be replaced by new digital and more technologically advanced ones. The new cameras will be able to detect potentially dangerous situations quickly and more safely, such as instances of people driving in the opposite direction, a car which had stopped, pedestrians on the road, and owing to that, there will be a faster reaction involved informing other road users about the event, the location, and the current road conditions.

Automatic incident detection (AID) alert the employees at the Traffic Monitoring and Safety Centres (CNUP), located along the entire highway network, straight away. AID triggers an audible alarm in the event of an incident, automatically shows the location of the incident to the operator and records everything. In addition to the incidents already mentioned, AID warns of traffic congestion, slow vehicles and any loss of visibility. An alarm sounds in the tunnel when a loss of camera visibility due to the appearance of smoke due to a fire is detected," Croatian Motorways explained.

As stated by Croatian Motoeways, the new Crocodile 2 Croatia (Cro 2 Cro) traffic control and management system is part of the wider Crocodile project, which was launched at the European Union level. The introduction of this system will ensure the coordinated management and the proper control of traffic and see Croatia become part of the integrated ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) on European Union road routes.

What's the procedure from the moment the cameras record a crisis situation to its resolution?

"In the case of an extraordinary event, the operators at CNUP initiate the notification procedure in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedure and call the emergency services (112, and if necessary, the police, emergency medical assistance, the fire department, the patrol service, the water authority inspectors, and hunting authorities). Upon the alarm being sounded because of an extraordinary event, and in accordance with its classification, an algorithm and scenario are automatically launched, which sets adequate traffic signals on light-changing signs in order to inform other road users who might encounter the event in a timely manner about it, telling them to adjust the speed of their vehicle. The public is then also informed about the state and conditions on the road through HAK and HAC's websites,'' they stated from Croatian Motorways.

Then, upon arrival at the scene of the event, the same is ensured by the patrol service with adequate temporary regulation of traffic, until the extraordinary event is declared over.

"In the case of the need to remove the vehicle, a contractual contractor will be called to come to the scene in question and take the vehicle away. In the event of the need to close a section of the nighway, a corresponding protocol will be initiated and mutual communication is carried out between the managers of public Croatian roads in order to activate the appropriate traffic boards to guide detour traffic as soon as possible and allow the same traffic to flow," they noted.

When asked how much time passes on average from the event being recorded by the cameras to the reaction of the appropriate emergency services and their arrival at the scene, they stated from HAC that upon receiving the sounded alarm, the emergency and operational services are called without delay and they arrive at the scene very quickly.

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Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Map Showing Locations of All Croatian Speed Cameras Published

June the 2nd, 2021 - A map showing the locations of all Croatian speed cameras across the country has now been published, much to the delight of frequent drivers to locations they're unfamiliar with.

There's nothing quite like coasting along a beautiful Croatian road with mountainous or sea views and absent-mindedly putting your foot down a bit too much. There's also nothing quite like knowing a hidden speed camera has snapped your license plate and you can now expect a fine of an unknown amount to slip into your mailbox sometime soon.

The sight of an envelope containing a fine has to be one of the most depressing things that can be found in your mailbox aside to gas bills or anything that says ''Tax Office'' on it. That being said, dangerous driving is still an enormous issue across the country, and any deterrent is a good one.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, there have been some brand new Croatian speed cameras placed in sometimes rather obscure and unexpected locations along the country's motorways for a long time now. But you may not have known that there is a map of all of Croatia that reveals precisely where those speed cameras are located. Some of them are in places you really, really wouldn't expect them to be.

The map was made by no less than Google, and it is now part of the service of that company, which has so far informed mobile phone users about delays at borders, traffic jams caused by a large number of vehicles on the road at the same time, road works or a traffic accident.

Now the same Google service is providing its users with very valuable information on the locations and exact positions of Croatian speed cameras and speed limits along various roads throughout the entire country. The move will likely be beneficial to many foreign visitors to Croatia this summer should the tourist season improve as the epidemiological picture continues to do the same.

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Monday, 7 October 2019

Big Brother is Watching: Modern Cameras Placed on Croatian Roads

More technologically advanced cameras than previous generations have now officially been placed along Croatia's roads by the Croatian police (MUP), and would-be speed freaks and careless drivers are being warned to beware.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 7th of October, 2019, over the last few weeks, you have probably read several articles both from us and likely from elsewhere in which the Croatian Ministry of the Interior (MUP) boasted about them having purchased and installed a large number of brand new, modern traffic surveillance cameras throughout Croatia, or on all major thoroughfares between cities.

These are next-generation cameras that are technologically more advanced than previous generations, much harder to spot, and will surely start filling the state budget up with cash from careless drivers very soon, according to a report from

At the moment, they are only being tested, but statistics have already shown that in just two months, they recorded more than 50,000 traffic violations, with the most common offence being drivers exceeding the speed limit. But that's not all, Croatia's new road cameras can also capture videos of, for example improper overtaking, as well as the use of smartphones while driving, or not wearing a seat belt. MUP's new and updated Big Brother sees it all.

Various sources cite different figures when it comes to just how many cameras are now set up along Croatian roads, but without going into specifics, be sure that literally hundreds of new cameras will monitor traffic.

Various sources are still claiming that you can get a “50 percent discount” on fines of less than 2,000 kuna, of course, if you pay it within three days of receiving the penalty, among other things.

Here are some of the technical features of the new cameras poised and ready to capture driving offences along Croatian roads that are good to know:

- The cameras' radar beam covers up to six traffic lanes, working 24/7

- Vehicles are “hunted” at 100 meters and a photo is taken at 35 meters

- They can record up to 32 vehicles in a bundle at any one time (going both ways)

- They can measure speeds up to 300 km/h

-  They boast a 20MP sensor that captures four frames per second

Make sure to take care, buckle your seat belt, stay off your phone and observe the speed limit when driving along Croatian roads in future, as it seems that there'll be very little chance of you getting out of a fine now.

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Monday, 30 September 2019

MUP to Place More "Super Cameras" Along Croatia's Roads

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 30th of September, 2019, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MUP) will acquire sixteen new fixed cameras and speed control devices, 28 cases/cabinets, 24 manual, and 18 stationary speed measurement devices next year, Vecernji list reported on Monday.

This year, the Croatian police installed 59 new fixed cameras to monitor the speed of vehicles and 122 cases/cabinets in which these devices are installed. In addition, in 2019, 76 manual and 32 stationary devices for measuring the speed of movement of vehicles were purchased, which, according to MUP, will also submit images to the central server and process them through the OEP application, as stated by the aforementioned article from Vecernji list.

Back in 2010 and then five years later in 2015, the Ministry of Internal Affairs acquired 28 fixed speed monitoring devices and placed them at 62 locations, also with their accompanying cases/cabinets, meaning that 87 speed monitoring cameras and 184 accompanying cases (which will have their cameras replaced) have been installed along Croatian roads to date. The sixteen new devices which MUP will introduced along Croatia's roads next year, that figure will reach 103 fixed cameras and 212 cases/cabinets.

The brand cameras set up by MUP, in addition to catching speeding offenses, can catch drivers in other offenses such as the improper use of mobile phones, not using a seatbelt, and improper overtaking.

The system operates as a Doppler radar, so the devices measure two oncoming traffic lanes and two leaving lanes at the same time. They also have the ability to automatically read the vehicle's license plates, as MUP explained.

According to the police, by September the 19th this year, around 50,000 traffic violations were detected by road cameras along Croatia's roads, and they typically related to improper or illicit speed, Vecernji list reports.

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