ELSAG North America has announced a partnership with Whelen Engineering Company for the integration of its advanced Automatic License Plate Recognition technology into police light bars. The blended technology will take advantage of ELSAG’s Mobile Plate Hunter-900 and Whelen’s popular Freedom all LED Light Bar, providing law enforcement with a more efficient and cost-effective ALPR solution without sacrificing the incredibly accurate reading capabilities of ELSAG’s ALPR cameras.
The ELSAG/Whelen ALPR Light Bar offers several benefits for agencies looking to deploy this technology, as it does to existing customers who intend to expand their systems. ALPR cameras hidden inside the light bar offer agencies a more covert option to traditional installations where cameras are mounted to the trunk or top of the car in full view. Cameras are fully protected by the light bar yet their industry-leading reading accuracy won’t be inhibited by this new placement. Importantly, all agencies will appreciate the easy installation, simple plug-and-play operation and all of the customer service and technical support one could ask for.
While in the final stages of development, ELSAG is working toward a launch in the first quarter of 2012. Previews of the ALPR light bar were available during the International Association of Chiefs Of Police (IACP) annual conference in Chicago.