Article Posted 23/09/2009
As part of a trial for an interesting new system, South Australian police have begun using patrol cars fitted with a camera system which is capable of instantly reading and analysing number plates of cars driving past it.
The Automated Number Plate Recognition camera system will automatically run the number plate of cars through its system and tell the police whether a car is not meant to be on the road for any reason.
The idea is to take the element of random checking, and have all cars passing the system checked out, allowing police to catch offenders better. Also the technology can be used to catch criminals by linking known offenders to certain number plates that were spotted in crime scenes.
As a vehicle licence plate is read by the camera, the image is displayed on an LCD screen visible to police officers and then an audible tone alerts police if a registration number plate matches a vehicle of interest.
Only four cars are going to be fitted with the system during the trial period which runs until the end of the year after which it will be determined whether more cameras will be installed to combat vehicle and number plate crimes.