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License plate recognition technology alerts officers to stolen vehicles and drivers with criminal records in the blink of an eye.

October 19, 2009  |  by - Also by this author

ELSAG North America

Can you accurately see and write down one license plate number per second while driving at up to 100 miles per hour, even with darkness or bright sun limiting your sight? Fortunately, there are automated systems that can do this for you.

License plate readers use algorithms to decipher the characters in the captured image of a license plate to identify vehicles. Systems commonly use infrared lighting to allow the camera to take the picture at any time of day. Then they run the numbers against those in state, local, and national databases to find persons or vehicles connected to a crime or infraction.

Whether you call it ALPR, LPR technology, license plate recognition, automatic vehicle identification, or optical character recognition, it's one heck of a time saver and a great aid to the crime fighter.


ELSAG North America

ELSAG North America's Mobile Plate Hunter-900 (MPH-900), can be mounted to patrol cars for capturing license plate numbers. If a suspect license plate number is read, audible and visual alarms alert the officer within milliseconds.

Cameras, a processing unit, and proprietary software allow officers to capture images of license plates and instantaneously compare them with millions of hot list records to identify vehicles of interest. This system reads plates day or night, from all 50 States and most foreign countries including Arabic characters. It can also read other alpha-numeric identification systems-even from 1,500 feet in the air.

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EZ Tag

EZ Tag, in partnership with ELSAG North America, has married video inputs with image analysis software that identifies targeted plates using an onboard hot list, and returns an alarm back to the operator in milliseconds. Using a vehicle mounted video camera, a moving patrol car can check between 5,000 and 8,000 plates per eight-hour shift at speeds in excess of 75 mph while the officer is attending to other routine duties.

EZ Tag

When the patrol officer receives an audible alarm, the laptop screen will display a digital picture of the plate and the vehicle as well as information as to the reason the plate is hot listed.

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Genetec's AutoVu 4.3 is the newest version of its IP license plate recognition solution. New features include covert hit notification and wildcard hot lists that can check against partial plates.


AutoVu's real-time alarming and e-mail notification quickly informs assigned recipients of matched license plates, or hits. AutoVu also allows users to assign different priorities to hot lists. Each priority can be configured with a different color and alarm tone, alerting officers of hits both visually and audibly to easily identify the type of hit and its importance.

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