Smith Cross Consulting deploys ANPR technology as a powerful tool to alert operators of a vehicle of interests within 4 seconds (for fixed site systems) or 6 seconds (for mobile systems) from the number plate being read by the camera. The alert will notify the operator whether a vehicle has been stolen, is known to be involved in crime, or is untaxed.
The strategic aims of ANPR are to:
- Deny criminals their use of the road
- Increase road safety
- Provide active high visibility policing
ANPR is a intelligence led surveillance capability that captures and reads vehicle registration marks (VRMs) using pattern recognition software.
ANPR can be deployed using latest generation camera technology, hardware and software in various forms i.e. fixed site and mobile.
The use of ANPR as a tool can assist in securing critical national infrastructure, businesses and supporting law enforcement by providing proactive intelligence analysis and post incident investigation.
For ease of understanding how ANPR technology works Smith Cross Consulting has provided a basis system process below:
1 Vehicle travels through field of view of camera (camera can be deployed as fixed site or mobile unit).
2 Image of vehicles registration mark is transmitted to Number Plate Reading Device(s) via specific mediums.
3 Vehicle Registration Mark (VRM) image is processed by the Number Plate Reading Device(s), either at an outstation or in-station location.
4 VRM and associated data is transmitted to a Back Office Facility (BOF).
5 Intelligence Managers upload ‘Hotlists’ (warning markers on vehicles of interest) onto the BOF.
6 The VRM is subsequently checked against various intelligence databases, PNC and the National ANPR Data Centre (NADC).
7 ANPR intelligence is presented to a specific location in order for dedicated operators (i.e. Police / Council users) to act upon various ‘hit’ and intelligence information.
8 The dedicated operator has the responsibility to communicate appropriate dispatch or undertake analysis into intelligence provided.
Smith Cross Consulting staff has extensive experience in the deployment ANPR technologies in London and the wider UK. We are one of the leading experts in this field, we would love to help you on any ANPR projects.
- The police use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (PDF)
- National ANPR Standards for Policing Part 1 Data Standards (PDF)
- National ANPR Standards for Policing Part 2 Data Standards (PDF)