License Plate Readers

License plate readers are becoming ever-more-popular for use by police and other law-enforcement personnel for safety and investigative purposes. They’ve already been used to aid in the discovery of key criminal suspects and kidnap victims. The potential for beneficial use is boundless.

License plate reader mounted on police car.

What are the Benefits of the Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) cameras?

License plate cameras are more than just high-tech toys or gadgets. With so many crimes in the US involving vehicles, the license plate camera scans 900 license plates per minute. It’s a level of analytics and investigative potential that’s unrivaled, and all that power is being brought to bear in the service of making the community safe and secure. Here are a few key benefits.

Do More With Less

The realities of dealing with limited resources means that every resource takes on extra importance. With the functionality of license plate readers, law enforcement is able to make use of the many eyes and complex analytics capabilities. It allows them to be better at fighting crime.

Data Analytics

License plate readers also offer data insights, which allows law enforcement personnel to determine the threat level of a situation before entering into a building or making a traffic stop. That level of knowledge and warning not only saves lives, but it also makes sure that quick and concise action is taken to address the situation. Analytics can help investigators solve drug and homicide cases.


There is a constant stream of data from many different sources that law enforcement can draw from, but license plate readers are the source that helps to put all the data into context.

Investigative Tool

Recently license plate reader technology has helped track down and arrest suspects in a convenience-store robbery, and it also helped in a kidnap case. Those are just two recent examples that were high-profile enough that we heard about them. There are countless other cases that we don’t hear about, but we know that law enforcement is using the technology. We know it works.

How Do License Plate Readers Work?

The technology is fairly straightforward, and not unlike the type of functionality we see in other devices. While models vary, the typical scenario involves a combination of cameras, a processing unit (computer) and software that’s designed to instantly capture, review and then funnel the data into the appropriate channels. This technology is not yet approved for use in every state, but concerned citizens are putting pressure on lawmakers to set aside any concerns in the interest of safety and crime-busting investigative drivers.

The license plate reader is really just a spin-off from a standard computer, that’s been programmed to read license plates in a narrowly defined way. They can be used from a law enforcement personnel’s car, or they can be mounted on poles, on overpasses, or in other prominent fixtures to get the best possible range for the scanning. Flexibility is key, and that’s why there are so many options from which to select.

There are also a lot of options in how the software, camera and processing unit interacts to support your custom requirements. Some of the most immediate use-cases scenarios include the immediate notification of stolen cars, expired registrations, and other critical factors. The goal is to find the stolen property as quickly as possible, but also to remind the public that it is important to maintain proper, updated registration on your vehicle.

Why is the Latest Technology Important?

License plate recognition is just starting to prove itself, but it’s making important inroads with the public and the law enforcement community. We want to feel safe. We want to know that law enforcement is doing everything they can to protect us and serve, and this technology allows them to do just that. It’s an intelligent and smart device solution that shows ever-more-promise in evolving areas of criminal investigations, terrorist interdiction, and public safety. The outdated tools of by-gone ages will no longer work. Law enforcement needs flexibility and greater sophistication, but they also need the ability to act in ways that are in the best interest of the community. It’s the perfect solution for any public space or security-aware community.

LaTech has helped over 50 agencies install and implement this technology.  We’ve installed over 400 cameras throughout the state of Louisiana. Call 866-779-4897 to learn more about how LATECH can help you implement the latest in license plate reader technology today!

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