For example, license plate information is automatically captured in motion and data base comparisons made in less than a second through automated license plate recognition technology (ALPR). Able to quickly deliver and read numerous vehicle license plates, the technology checks collected data against an installed database for rapid identity verification. ALPR systems have been used to locate stolen or wanted vehicles, apprehend fleeing criminals and identify drivers who are overdue on parking-ticket payments. Rapidly deployable ALPR solutions use rugged infrared cameras that connect to optical character recognition technology software, allowing police officers to conduct surveillance under varied lighting and weather conditions. Captured information is immediately processed, and officers are alerted only when a hit occurs. In the past, officers would call in license plates to command centers where officers would look up the information and verify whether or not red flags were associated with the vehicle; a painstaking process lacking in efficiency.
This efficiency can be best illustrated by the single shift; an officer can manually check 50 to 100 license plates yet during the same shift an ALPR system can check 5,000 plates or more. Similar technology is also being deployed at airports and other similar facilities to capture license plate information of travelers coming in and out of the facility as another level of security.
Law enforcement solution developers are steadily working on integrating this efficiency enhancements to the remaining aspects of the shift. Case in point, Motorola's extensive product portfolio is actively being developed to meet the needs of government workers — from integrated voice and data devices that bring mission critical information to field personnel and first responders, to data capture capabilities that improve the productivity of staff in command centers.