Motorola and PIPS Technology Introduce Automatic License Plate Recognition with New Camera and Expansion Board
Motorola, Inc. and PIPS Technology, a Federal Signal company, announced an Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) solution featuring new low-profile digital Slate cameras and an ALPR expansion board that fits Motorola MW810 Mobile Workstations, which saves space and eliminates additional hardware costs.
"Motorola's license plate recognition solution provides law enforcement with seamless connectivity and access to real-time information using mission critical technology that is second nature," said Rod Guy, Motorola director of Mobile Computing Operations. "Motorola and PIPS Technology developed a cost-effective and efficient ALPR solution that gives law enforcement an invaluable tool in combating auto theft and other crimes."
The enhanced complete Motorola ALPR solution includes the new Slate cameras, Motorola's MW810 Mobile Workstation, the ALPR expansion board for the MW810, PAGIS in-vehicle software that interoperates with the cameras to capture and read license plates, and BOSS back-end software that aggregates information from multiple ALPR systems to enhance intelligence capabilities.
"If ALPR is reading license plates, officers can concentrate on other tasks, which helps us protect the public," said Sgt. Dan Gomez, Los Angeles Police Department, an early adopter of ALPR technology. "What's great about the new system is its small footprint. With more and more devices installed in police cruisers, the trunk can get pretty packed. We also like the smaller cameras, which are not as obvious and work better when we go around corners."
The new compact Slate camera is less noticeable and does not interfere with a law enforcement vehicle's light bar. The ALPR expansion board is installed into a new or existing MW810, eliminating hardware costs and space constraints associated with the need for a separate ALPR processing unit in a vehicle. The board also supports preprocessing, which optimizes system performance.
"PIPS Technology is pleased to continue our partnership with Motorola in the delivery of license plate recognition solutions to the public safety community," said Craig Cantrell, vice president and general manager of PIPS Technology, Inc. "The combination of our industry leading ALPR technology with the power of the Motorola MW810 processor provides the officer unmatched technology performance while significantly reducing the overall equipment deployed in the police vehicle. We believe this is a winning combination that will resonate with the police community."
Motorola's ALPR mobile application helps enhance the productivity and effectiveness of officers by automatically capturing images of license plates within the camera's view. The numbers are processed using an optical character recognition engine and are compared against an onboard violations data base or hot list. The system alerts an officer if there is a matching hit and provides vehicle information and other preemptive details for appropriate action.
License plates can be automatically read and analyzed every two seconds, which means more than 5,000 plates can be checked in a typical shift. ALPR technology also helps law enforcement maximize revenue from the collection of unpaid parking tickets, licenses and permits as well as identifies stolen vehicles and those connected to criminal activities. The technology also helps to secure sensitive areas such as ports, schools and power plants.
Motorola's enhanced ALPR solution, expected to be available in the second half of 2009, is part of the MOTOA4 mission critical portfolio of products that offer seamless connectivity between first responders.