Ten Factors to Consider when Buying License Plate Recognition (LPR) Cameras

There are two types of license plate cameras on the market: true LPR (license plate recognition) cameras, and standard security cameras that are capable of reading license plates. The second type of camera is commonly known as LPC, or license plate capture. True LPR cameras usually cost over $1000, have tested daytime and night-time reads of license plates on vehicles traveling at certain speeds, and have the ability to interface with some type of software database which has some type of reporting function. They are generally able to read license plates on one or more lanes of vehicles traveling at highway speeds and have some type of built-in or optional diffusable infrared to illuminate the license plate but not over-illuminate to the point where the reflection is all that is seen. Popular manufacturers of LPR cameras in this category include Messoa, Vivotek, Hikvision, and Digital Watchdog. Dahua offers ANPR (or automatic number plate reader) cameras, but as of the date of this post, Dahua’s offering only includes the reading of license plates (LPs) of vehicles which are stopped at gates; not those of moving vehicles. Most consumers and small to medium-sized businesses would rather spend no more than a few […]

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