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New Jersey Agency Implements Genetec ALPR Solution to Speed Up Investigations

The Fort Lee Police Department looked to minimize that investigative time to find suspects and close cases faster with better access to vehicle information.

Genetec Inc., a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, recently announced that the Fort Lee (New Jersey) Police Department) has modernized its automatic license plate recognition technology (ALPR) with Genetec AutoVu Cloudrunner vehicle-centric investigative system.

The Borough of Fort Lee is connected to Manhattan via the George Washington Bridge. Its proximity to New York City brings traffic congestion and some transient crime to the area. Its legacy ALPR system generated just a list of plates and vehicles, and teams would then manually sort and narrow the data to find the vehicle in question. The Fort Lee PD looked to minimize that investigative time to find suspects and close cases faster with better access to vehicle information.

Fort Lee decided to acquire the Genetec AutoVu Cloudrunner, a solar powered, subscription-based, turnkey solution that uses vehicle characteristics combined with ALPR to enhance police departments’ ability to solve crimes. Its sensors deliver accurate reads day and night, in any kind of weather, the company says.

“AutoVu Cloudrunner has incredible edge-based intelligence and search capabilities,” said Lt. Thomas Porto. “When we’re looking for a vehicle the search is wicked fast, and being able to narrow down searches by make, model, color and time frame helps us speed up our investigation.”

Porto shared a recent case where the Fort Lee PD received a 911 call late at night from a housing facility who observed suspicious individuals in a vehicle on the property. After deploying the AutoVu Cloudrunner camera in the area, officers were able to use the time frame, location, and vehicle description to match the license plate info, which identified it as stolen. When the suspects abandoned the vehicle at a nearby school with which the police had federated video, they were able to use the Genetec Omnicast video management system to see where the suspects had gone, quickly apprehending them safely.

The AutoVu Cloudrunner solution is solar powered and plug-and-play complete, making it easy for the Fort Lee PD to deploy, Porto said. “We mounted the cameras, worked with Genetec for a few minutes and were off to the races,” he adds.

The audit features of AutoVu Cloudrunner also help cut down investigative time and resources. When officers start a search, for example, they only need to enter the case number once, and all subsequent searches in that query will be tied to that case number and logged in audit trails for compliance. “This is such a game-changer,” said Porto. “With our previous system, we’d need to re-enter the case number and other information for every single search. That was cumbersome and slowed our investigative work. AutoVu Cloudrunner eliminates all of that.”

You can read a longer Q&A with Fort Lee Police Lieutenant Thomas Porto here.

About Genetec

Genetec Inc. is a 25-year-old global technology company that develops solutions designed to improve security, intelligence, and operations for enterprises, governments, and communities. Its flagship product, Security Center, is an open-architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), communications, and analytics. Founded in 1997, and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Genetec serves its customers via an extensive network of certified channel partners and consultants in over 159 countries.


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