LPR, or License Plate Recognition, surveillance technology is currently a hot topic in the CCTV industry. Not only do you need cameras (hardware) with enough power and features to see the license plate, you need the recorder and/or analytic software to store the license plate information until it is needed.
We hope this breakdown will help you make an educated decision on which solutions is best for you. The solutions can range from under one hundred dollars to over one thousand dollars so being educated is key to making the right decision and being able to capture the results you expect. To simplify this document all that we talk going forward will be based on HD cameras of 1080P and or above. Recording Resolutions under 1080P make it that much more difficult to capture an image with enough quality to read a license plate, tag, or characters on a vehicle.
Definition: LPR (License Plate Recognition) also known as Character Recognition
Optiview breaks “LPR” down into three categories.
Many systems on the market today are what we call “reactive”. An event occurs, an operator plays back after the event, and backs up the event for record keeping purposes. Notifications allow you to turn your LPR into a pro-active solution.
Example. An ex-employee or ex-student is no longer allowed on property. You can load their license plates into the software and if their license plate number is registered as passing through your LPR camera field of view you receive a notification. This allows you to identify a potential threat as soon as it enters your perimeter.
Another example we hear the LPR being used for is unpaid parking fees. If you have a customer that is past due you no longer have to chase them down. Simply enter their license plate and the next time they visit your parking lot you’ll receive a notification. From that moment you can make the call to the towing company and hold the vehicle for payment.
Our PC based software has the ability to complete tasks for specific tag numbers as well. In one example we can tell it when tag # ABC 123 comes into view we want to open the gate and turn on driveway lights. We can also program the system to open garage doors or, through a series of relays and commands, perform multiple tasks at once.
As you can see Level 3 is our most advanced LPR solution and there are many options that can be added. This level is our most feature rich and most managed solution and is used primarily by our commercial and corporate users. We are also seeing more of our HOA customers move to this solution to better manage who is coming and going from the neighborhood. This has become a powerful tool in today’s Neighborhood Watch programs as well.
If you have limited infrastructure where you need to capture license plates visit our Weatherproof DVR’s Tutorial.
Once again, we hope this tutorial will be helpful in making your decision of what solution is best for you but nothing can beat talking to a professional account manager one on one. Call us today at 904-805-1581 and we’ll help you get started.