Traffic monitoring cameras

The City uses a network of traffic cameras that have been installed at strategic locations around London. This system, together with the Advanced Traffic Management System, helps trained City staff understand the nature of unexpected traffic situations and incidents at key locations.

The cameras help inform the City, emergency services, and public transit of collisions or delays that are causing unexpected traffic conditions during peak travel periods. The live footage is used to inform traffic signal timing adjustments. 

Camera locations

Cameras are placed across London on some of the City’s busier roads that have bus routes and high volumes of traffic. 

The cameras are installed to point only at roads. A camera's view and coverage is evaluated before being put into daily use. In some circumstances the layout of the intersection may dictate that a camera is placed near a building or residence. If needed, a privacy blur or privacy mask is placed on the camera to block a view when deemed necessary to protect an individual's right to privacy.

The City currently uses Pan-Tilt-Zoom dome cameras which have the ability to cover up to 1.5 km in each direction, allowing one camera to cover multiple intersections.

The cameras have built-in features that allow for operation 365 days a year including features that minimize vibration and avoid the buildup of water and snow.


Locations

A total of 80 cameras are being installed this year. Current intersections with traffic monitoring cameras are:

  • Commissioners Road & Wharncliffe Road
  • King Street & Colborne Street
  • Dundas Street & Highbury Avenue
  • Trafalgar Street & Highbury Avenue
  • Gainsborough Road & Wonderland Rd North
  • Oxford St W & Hyde Park Rd
  • Oxford St W & Wonderland Rd N
  • Riverside Dr W & Wonderland Rd N
  • Southdale Rd W & Wonderland Rd S
  • Fanshawe Park Road & Adelaide Street
  • Sarnia Road & Western Road
  • Oxford Street & Wharncliffe Road
  • Oxford Street & Richmond Street
  • Oxford Street & Adelaide Street
  • Hamilton Road & Adelaide Street
  • Riverside Drive & Wharncliffe Road
  • Commissioners Road & Wellington Road
  • Southdale Rd E & Wharncliffe Rd
  • Exeter Rd & Wellington Rd
  • Oxford St E & Highbury Ave
  • Sarnia Rd & Hyde Park Rd
  • Gainsborough Rd & Hyde Park Rd
  • Adelaide St. & Windermere Rd
  • Fanshawe Pk W & Hyde Park Rd
  • Wonderland Rd N & Beaverbrook Ave
  • Fanshawe Pk W & Wonderland Rd N
  • Queens Ave & Wellington St
  • Horton St & Wellington Rd
  • King St & Wellington St
  • Commissioners Rd & Wonderland Rd
  • Wonderland Rd S & Viscount Rd
  • Sarnia Rd & Wonderland Rd N
  • Fanshawe Park Rd & Richmond St
  • Oxford St E & Clarke Rd
  • Highbury Ave. & Huron St
  • Commissioners Rd. & Pond Mills Rd
  • Horton St & Ridout St
  • Highbury Ave. & Hamilton Rd
  • Wellington Rd & Bradley Ave
Camera usage

The  traffic monitoring cameras are used by the City for live monitoring of roads only and will not be recording unless for limited traffic studies.

  • Access to the cameras is limited to trained personnel
  • The focus of the camera is always the roadway
  • The system is set up in such a way that personal information under normal operations will not be compromised
  • New camera locations are evaluated to minimize the impact on private homes and other locations where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy

The traffic monitoring cameras do not record traffic infractions or vehicle speed, and are different than the City’s current red light camera program or the City’s new automated speed enforcement cameras that will be used in the future. The new traffic monitoring cameras are also not used to collect personal information such as licence plates.

Code of practice statement

The Corporation of the City of London installs and operates the Traffic Monitoring Cameras within the road allowance and monitors the cameras via a Video Management System or Advance Traffic Management System. The Traffic Monitoring Cameras, Video Management System, and Advanced Traffic Management System are owned and operated by the City.

It is the practice of the Traffic Engineering Division to utilize the Traffic Monitoring Cameras for transportation management and emergency incident response by monitoring the movement of vehicles on the City’s road network. Traffic Monitoring Cameras are not used for security, law enforcement, or municipal licensing purposes. The Cameras and System do not record video on a continuous basis. The Video Management System collects anonymous information on a transitory basis and does not store identifiable personal information or identifiable vehicle data.

It is not the City’s intent to collect personal information through the monitoring of vehicles on the City’s road network. However, in a circumstance where collection of personal information is unavoidable during an incident, such information will only be used or disclosed as authorized under the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).

​​​​​The traffic monitoring cameras and video management system are subject to Ontario’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and relevant City policies and procedures.

 

Last modified:Thursday, July 15, 2021