One area where the staff at Certified Autosound and Security in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge and Langley focus our efforts is to educate our clients about radar systems. We educate our customers on laser-based radar and radar detectors. The truth is, most clients aren’t concerned about the technologies the police use to measure speed. They want to know when those measurements are taking place and how to avoid getting a speeding ticket. In this article, we’ll explain how the different speed measurement systems work and how we can offer the best protection.
What is Laser-based Radar Detection?
Radar guns transmit pulses of high-frequency energy. The very first systems operated in the 10.5 GHz range in what was called the X-band. These systems determined your speed by analyzing signals that bounced off objects and back to the radar gun. The new K and Ka-band systems use 24.05 to 24.25 GHz and 33.4 to 36 GHz frequency range to increase precision and long-range performance.
LIDAR systems work in the same way as radar but use pulses of energy in the 904-nanometer region (equivalent to 331.63 terahertz). This energy is at the very bottom of the visible light spectrum and provides very precise, long-range performance. A LIDAR gun can measure a vehicle’s speed with an accuracy of about a meter at a distance of 300 meters. This technology allows law enforcement agencies to target a single vehicle with a great deal of accuracy.
To be clear, LIDAR is not Radar. With that said, both can be used to measure the speed of your vehicle.
Defending against LIDAR Systems
Radar detectors work by monitoring the radio frequency spectrum for X, K and Ka-band signals, then alerting the driver. The latest advances in technology including Escort’s IVT (In Vehicle Technology) helps to nearly eliminate false alarms from automatic door openers and adapting cruise control systems. When you get an alert, you’ll know you need to slow down.
LIDAR detection is much different. If a portable radar detector warns you about laser measurement, it may already be too late. This is where systems like the custom-installed Escort MAX Ci 360 come into play. Custom-installed laser detection systems include laser signal shifters that receive the pulses of light energy from the Lidar gun, then transmit a scrambled message that prevents accurate measurement. You have time to slow down.
What is DragonEye?
DragonEye is a manufacturer of speed measurement LIDAR systems. Their measurement process uses a complex and continuously variable signal that conventional LIDAR systems can’t shift. After a great deal of research and testing, companies like Escort now offer shifting solutions like the MAX Ci 360 and the ZR5 standalone laser shifter. We have the hardware and software required to keep up with these latest devices. If things change, a firmware update is all that’s required to ensure you are protected.
Protect Yourself with an Escort Radar Detector from Certified Autosound and Security
Whether you call them Dragoneye, LIDAR or laser-based radar detectors, the team at Certified Autosound and Security in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Maple Ridge and Langley can help ensure that you have the perfect system for your application. Our team of expert installation technicians will make sure the system is integrated into your vehicle flawlessly and make sure you understand how to use it. For more information, drop by any of our stores in Southern BC or send us an e-mail using our contact page.