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Gatso founder Maurice "Maus" Gatsonides



c. 1960, 12v 'Standard' tube Gatsometer

Gatsometer was founded in 1958 as a small family business and has since then developed to become a company with over 100 employees. The founder, Maurice Gatsonides, was a famous rally driver and winner of the Monte Carlo in 1953. He was also the inventor of the 'Gatsometer', the first reliable speed-measuring device in the world. The company continued to develop new and improved technologies and selling them all over the world, in more than forty countries today.

1958—Gatsometer is founded, the 'gatsometer' is born; a revolutionary speed-measuring device. First tube speed measuring devices are sold in the Netherlands.

1961—First export order for a two-lane 'Tube' Gatsometer to South Africa and Australia.

1963—1/100 time measurement in watertight readout cabinet for the new 'tube' Gatsometer.

1965—The red light camera (RLC) is first presented on the market; it operated by means of tubes that were stretched across the road.

1967—'All In One' red light camera that could take 54 photographs, recording 27 offenses. Gatsometer locates to the Van't Hoffstraat in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Export takes off, initially to South Africa and Luxembourg.

1968—Prototype of the first 'type 0' radar; the so-called 'handheld' radar.

1971—Release of 'RLC 24' with a capacity of 1,200 photographs and 600 offenses.

1966-1980—The Gatso swimming timers were the first in the world. The Gatso swimming timers were used at the European Swimming Championships in the Netherlands. Gatso touch-plates were supplied to Omega, Longines and Heuer. Gatsometer timers were used to measure speed for a large variety of sports. Among the sporting events where the timers were used, were The Olympics in Munich in 1972.

1980—First moving speed control with radar and camera built in a vehicle.

c. 1975, 'Vane Liempt' radar 'MK4' with camera

1982—'RLC type 36', capacity for 800 photographs. First export to Cairo, Egypt. The first mobile radar speed control.

1988—Gatsometer B.V. celebrates 30th anniversary; since 1958 approximately 5,000 hand counters have been sold. The first user software for the so-called "Memory Card" becomes available on the market.

1989—'All In One' flash installation used on a radar tripod.

1997—Years of research and development lead to the first digital red light camera.

1998—The company made its mark on an international level in the United Kingdom by winning the prestigious Prince Michael of Kent's Road safety Award 1998. The Gatso GLD4-2S detector-system is launched.

1999—Gatsometer moves to a larger building in the heart of Haarlem's industrial centre. Gatsometer wins the national FME/CWM Export Award for excellent export performance.

GTC-GS11 Red Light Camera.

2000—FME-CWN export award

2001—Gatsometer wins the first Dutch-European tender.

2002—New speed camera type 'GTC-F' with film and adjustable lane capability. Installation of 5,000th pole. Introduction of Gatso Total Offence Processing System for rapid (digital) processing of images and offense details.

2004—Installation of point-to-point control on the A4 at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. Integrated Digital Camera enables to capture both the license plate and the face of the driver.

2006—Introduction of the digital camera type 'IDC' specifically developed for the UK market.

2007—Introduction of the 'GS11' digital camera, 'GUI' display unit, and 'GTC-GS11' digital red light and speed camera.

Today—Gatsometer is determined to remain an innovative market leader in the field of traffic control and traffic management.

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