The Telraam camera is directed at the street, in order to be able to count pedestrians, cyclists, cars and heavy vehicles.
Telraam processes the images from the camera immediately. The camera images are never stored. In addition, the camera films at a low resolution which prevents faces or number plates from being recognised.
The device has been designed so that there is no way for either the owner of the Telraam device or third parties to view pictures from the camera. The camera images are only visible during Telraam installation, and only to the user (in order to set the camera up at the right angle), and that for a maximum period of 10 minutes.
The data collected by the Telraam is sent by Wi-Fi to a central database for further processing. The results from all Telraam devices are freely accessible on www.telraam.net.
In an opinion issued on request by the Belgian data protection authority (DPA) they raised no objections to this method of processing the camera images (immediately and locally, rather than saving images and submitting them to a central database for central processing as in traditional camera systems).