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SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Car thieves, fugitivesand Amber Alert suspects are just some of the targets of innovative licenseplate reader technology that Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and PIPS Technologyare releasing to public safety organizations nationwide.
The Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology installed inpolice cars "reads" vehicle plates as they enter the view of a vehicle-mountedor roadside infrared camera, and checks them against a database for nearlyinstantaneous identification. The system runs continuously, automaticallycapturing images of license plates with a camera that works in nearly everylighting condition.
"This technology is completely automated and built into the car'soperation, so it requires no action on the part of the police officer tocapture the plate numbers and have them verified. It is not something theofficer has to initiate," said Steve Most , Multimedia Business Director,Motorola radio systems division. Previous technologies required officers tomanually type in a plate number and request a database search for each number,which can be time consuming and prone to errors.
"The ALPR system gives public safety officers quick access to informationabout the vehicles around them. This helps increase their security and safetyas well as that of the general driving population. It also makes the policeofficer more effective," Most added.
Before bringing the ALPR system into Motorola's product portfolio,Motorola worked with PIPS to further ruggedize its license plate technology tomeet Motorola specifications for Mission Critical public safety communicationsin the United States . PIPS, which was founded in the United Kingdom and hasits U.S. headquarters in Tennessee, has thousands of cameras in placeworldwide.