Frequently Asked Questions about LPR/ALPR/ANPR Systems
“We are a small department. How can the MPH-900 be used by my department?”The size of your department does not affect the need for ALPR. Small, medium, and large departments are currently deploying the MPH-900, and experiencing incredible success in their individual missions. ALPR aids in missions,such as:
“What is OCR?”OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition, and is an acronym heard often when discussing ALPR. OCR refersto the camera’s ability to scan the images of letters and numbers on a license plate, and then translate those images into text. The images of license plates are scanned by infrared light housed in each camera head. The infrared light scans the images of license plates and then simultaneously translates those images into computerized text in the span of milliseconds. ALPR uses OCR to capture up to 3600 plates per minute.
“What is the MPH-900 install process?”An ELSAG representative will help your department install and set-up your new ALPR system. The system iscomprised of two, three, or four cameras magnetically mounted to the trunk of your patrol car. The MPH-900 software is installed on your existing MDT. The Operations Center Suite Software can be installed on a “home-based” server to wirelessly collect data and upload current hot lists to the patrol cars.
“My department’s budget is tight, but we really want to purchase the cameras. How can we pay for them?”ELSAG North America is committed to helping your agency obtain the MPH-900. Many agencies have funded their ALPR cameras with grant money. Grant money can be obtained on the state, local, and federal level. Also, many corporations, foundations, and insurance companies are eager to support law enforcement through funding. ELSAG North America will assist your agency with identifying avenues of funding.Click here for more information on grant assistance.
“What happens if our department experiences technical issues with the system?”ELSAG North America is committed to helping our customers 24/7! This literally means that someone will answeryour call and talk you through your technical issue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our customers are our number1 priority.
“Is it possible to custom design our system?”Absolutely! ELSAG North America specializes in custom designed solutions to each agency’s needs. We have created many new solutions based on feedback from our agency customers. We are experienced in custom designs and installation, and are excited to further your agency mission with our Advanced License Plate readers!
“How many plates can the MPH-900 read?”A two‐camera MPH‐900 system can capture up to 1,800 license plates per minute!
“My department is in Canada. Can your MPH-900 read Canadian license plates? “The MPH-900 can read plates from all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico, Day and Night. No other ALPR system can come close to the accuracy rate of the MPH-900.
“How will the MPH-900 aid in investigations? “The MPH-900 captures a color image of the license plate, date and time stamps, and GPS coordinates of the vehicle. This data can be reviewed in relation to investigations and can help lead to critical breaks such as placing a suspect at a scene, witness identification, pattern recognition or the tracking of suspect individuals.