The Transportation Management Centre (TMC) uses a network of over 100 traffic cameras that have been installed at strategic locations around the city which act as the TMC's eyes on the street. This system, together with the Signal Management System, helps technical staff understand the nature of unexpected traffic situations at key locations and adjust traffic signals timing as needed.
Pan Tilt Zoom Camera
Cameras currently used are Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) dome models (see photo left) which have the capability to cover 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. One such feature is "speed dry," which uses centrifugal force and blown air to remove water/snow buildup from the cover.
- 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 such items as private homes, and other places where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.
In certain circumstances the layout of the intersection may dictate that a camera is placed near a building (see left).
In such an instance, before the camera is put to daily use, its view/coverage is evaluated and a mask put in place where deemed necessary in order to protect an individual's right to privacy (see below). This example shows masking of a second floor window.
Notice of Collection
The purpose of the TMC traffic cameras is to monitor and address traffic flows.
It is not the purpose of the TMC traffic cameras to operate as a law enforcement tool.
TMC traffic cameras are operated at certain fixed locations on the roadways to maximize coverage. Default resolution settings do not allow for the identification of personal information such as license plate numbers, or facial recognition. Pan/Tilt/Zoom capabilities may be used when monitoring a specific traffic congestion incident, traffic disruption, suspected damage to City of Winnipeg property, or when a traffic study is being conducted.
Cameras will not be set to view or record locations where an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy. Additional remediation measures (such as privacy masks) will be used where possible to restrict zoom-in view around areas where privacy is expected.
Any personal information recorded by cameras is collected pursuant to 36(1)(b) of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).
The recorded data from TMC cameras is retained for the time frame of up to 7 days, when possible.
It will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose, unless authorized by The Act. If you have any questions regarding this collection or use of this information, please contact the City of Winnipeg Corporate Access and Privacy Officer by mail to City Clerk's Department, Administration Building, 510 Main Street, Winnipeg MB, R3B 1B9, or by telephone at 311.