Automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) is a technology that uses optical character recognition on images to read vehicle registration plates to create vehicle location data. It can use existing closed-circuit television, road-rule enforcement cameras, or cameras specifically designed for the task.
Automatic number-plate recognition can be used to store the images captured by the cameras as well as the text from the license plate, with some configurable to store a photograph of the driver. Systems commonly use infrared lighting to allow the camera to take the picture at any time of day or night
The cameras use built-in algorithms to auto-detect and capture vehicle number plates and store the details in a database. The cameras can capture and store number plate snapshot images on an SD card or on the network video recorder with a date and time log as well as offering a whitelist/blacklist feature that can trigger set events based on stored number plates. They allow alerts to be sent and also a complete history of any vehicle that has passed.
The ANPR camera range incorporates high-quality 2-megapixel images, varifocal lens, headlight anti-dazzle and long-range IR LEDs for number plate recognition up to 40 metres away.
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