A technology commonly used by the police force, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) utilises optical character recognition on CCTV images, to read vehicle registrations. However, the functionality of this intelligent security system has benefits for commercial customers, as well as police.
This software-based solution relays data from one or multiple CCTV cameras, to the customer’s server, day and night. This can trigger an access barrier to automatically open in a car park for instance, or it can enable a car park to operate on a ticketless basis.
All data is logged meaning vehicles can be counted and the frequency of visits monitored. This type of information is particularly helpful for local authorities and waste contractors responsible for managing the level of waste disposed of on civic amenity sites or recycling centres, not to mention the theft of valuable recyclable materials.
When carefully positioned, ANPR systems can identify further unlawful vehicle movements. Councils are starting to install this technology outside schools for example, to monitor cars illegally parked or stopped on yellow zig-zag lines. By identifying the car and imposing fines where applicable, this acts as a future deterrent and reduces the potentially dangerous level of congestion outside school gates.
The same system can be used by councils to crack down on fly-tipping in notoriously targeted locations. Once again fines can be imposed if offending vehicles can be identified, which pays for the ANPR technology. Plus, if clearly visible, the technology deters offenders in the first place and improves the cleanliness of our streets and countryside.
If your business has limited man-power, or you think ANPR technology could provide an added security mechanism for your organisation, please contact us to discuss your specific requirements. We can also provide a range of service and maintenance packages to really maximise the longevity of your investment.