PlateSmart Technologies announced today that it has partnered with Convergint Technologies to protect college campuses with a new security system, which will track all vehicle activity 24 hours a day. At the heart of this system is PlateSmart’s ARES Enterprise License Plate Recognition (LPR) analytic product.
“Having real-time intelligence derived from license plate information is invaluable when it comes to protecting our students, whether they are in a university, elementary, middle or high school.”
The ARES LPR-based video analytic security system effectively turns every surveillance camera on campus into an LPR camera. As a vehicle passes in front of a camera, the image is run through PlateSmart’s software, which immediately verifies license plate numbers and the state of origin. That information is then run against a database such as a criminal watch list or university-owned custom hotlist. If a match is found, an alert is sent to designated users in real time via email or text message.
The system also securely stores all license plate data it captures and incorporates state-of-the-art analytic tools. Administrative personnel can access stored data and filter it for recognition of vehicle movement patterns or quickly find a specific event complete with a date- and time-stamp. Such information provides security personnel with solid evidence for criminal investigations or for identifying suspicious persons moving on and off campus.
The ARES system is also equipped with a real-time video wall display that allows a dispatcher to easily monitor system operation and dispatch proper resources to act on alerts. Additionally, it provides a customizable built-in data retention policy so that the user can decide how long LPR data will be stored. This feature addresses privacy concerns recently raised by the ACLU.
One university that has recently installed ARES on its campus is the University of San Diego. The system, in conjunction with Pelco Sarix cameras, is already helping security personnel to protect the safety of the University’s students through constant monitoring of vehicles moving onto and off of the campus.
“School campuses are becoming an increasingly important area to employ advanced security technology,” said John Chigos, founder and CEO of PlateSmart. “Having real-time intelligence derived from license plate information is invaluable when it comes to protecting our students, whether they are in a university, elementary, middle or high school.”
About PlateSmart: PlateSmart is manufactured exclusively by Cyclops Technologies, Inc., a privately owned company located in Oldsmar, Florida that was incorporated in 2004.
PlateSmart® is the world’s first software-only License Plate Recognition solution. The company’s staff consists of mathematicians, video engineers, attorneys, software developers, IT specialists, and former law enforcement personnel.
M. Kathleen Chigos, 813-749-0892