PlateSmart has a strong hold in the industry with its ability to extract data from video PlateSmart Technologies will be unveiling its groundbreaking next-generation Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) and video analytics solutions at the ASIS 62nd Annual Seminar and Exhibits event. The global conference, which is being held this year in Orlando, Florida from September 12th-15th, showcases every year the best the security technology industry has to offer. HD ALPR Among the new offerings from PlateSmart will be High-Definition (HD) ALPR capability, which enables the extraction of license plate numbers and video analytic data from a far wider field of view than previously possible. One of the main advantages of this enhancement is the ability to perform ALPR on multiple lanes of traffic or regions of interest with a single camera. PlateSmart has a strong hold in the industry with its ability to extract data from video, as its software can recognise license plate numbers, state jurisdiction, vehicle make, and vehicle colour, all from a single video feed. Software-as-a-Service These cloud-hosted solutions are easy to deploy and save users money and bandwidthwhile providing comprehensive ALPR technology Also making their debut at ASIS 2016 will be PlateSmart’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) versions of both its basic ALPR engine and its award-winning ARES video analytics platform. These cloud-hosted solutions are easy to deploy and save users money and bandwidth while providing comprehensive ALPR technology for either security or business intelligence needs. “PlateSmart continues to lead the industry by creating the most innovative ALPR-based solutions available,” said PlateSmart CEO John Chigos. ”I look forward to ASIS every year because it brings together the major industry players from all over the world, and we always have something exciting to show them. I think this year, PlateSmart is going to set the bar even higher. We offer solutions that nobody can match in terms of feature set and affordability, and I’m very pleased to introduce them at ASIS 2016.” PlateSmart will be exhibiting with its VMS partner, Milestone Systems, in booth #3419. PlateSmart representatives will also be at the Pelco by Schneider Electric booth, #2300.
With this new relationship, PlateSmart affirms ARES’ reputation as among the security industry’s most versatile and affordable solutions PlateSmart Technologies, creator of the award-winning ARES video analytics software, is pleased to announce its new integration partnership with leading IP surveillance provider VIVOTEK. Through their association, the two companies will introduce PlateSmart’s disruptive Automatic Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR)-based video analytics technology to VIVOTEK’s vast and growing global client base.Solution Integration Alliance programmeWith this new relationship, PlateSmart affirms ARES’ reputation as among the security industry’s most versatile and affordable solutions. The software is compatible with a wide range of off-the-shelf surveillance cameras, which enables users to add ALPR-based video analytics to their security systems affordably and without having to “rip and replace” their existing cameras. Having certified VIVOTEK cameras for use with ARES, PlateSmart takes its place in VIVOTEK’s Solution Integration Alliance (SIA) program, an initiative to create security solutions that meet the needs of a diverse user base all over the world.For PlateSmart CEO John Chigos, the new partnership with VIVOTEK is a significant step forward in advancing his vision of a safer world. “The law enforcement and security officers that protect us have hard jobs, and those jobs get harder every day,” Chigos said. “PlateSmart is committed to providing them with the best intelligence-gathering tools available. The more widely technologies like ARES are deployed, the easier those officials’ jobs become and the safer we all are. Working with great companies like VIVOTEK makes that goal possible.”Growth and development of Smart City“VIVOTEK is continuing to expand cooperation with the world’s leading Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) software partners to offer customised solutions and enhance customer efficiencies and capabilities,” said William Ku, Spokesman and Vice president, Brand Business Division, VIVOTEK Inc. “Through the strategic alliance, VIVOTEK will provide highly secure, efficient, and professional IP surveillance solutions that can seamlessly integrate with PlateSmart’s Automatic Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology. Combining the expertise of two companies also drives the growth and development of the Smart City in the United States.” Save
ARES provides advanced analytics for detecting suspicious vehicle movements for better perimeter protection Introduction Visitors to Tampa, Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base the weekend of March 19th and 20th were treated to displays of some of the most sophisticated aircraft in use by the United States Armed Forces as well as the most daring stunt flying they are likely to see in their lifetimes as the base’s annual AirFest air show returned for the first time since 2014. What attendees may not have noticed was the advanced security technology helping to keep them safe during the show’s two-day run. PlateSmart ARES ALPR video analytics At AirFest 2016, the cornerstone of MacDill’s security was the cutting edge in Automatic Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology, courtesy of Oldsmar’s PlateSmart® Technologies. PlateSmart worked in partnership with Sentry View Systems of Melbourne, Florida. PlateSmart provided its ARES ALPR-based video analytics solution for use at AirFest. It was connected to numerous cameras that were positioned in strategic locations on the base. Many were previously installed on utility poles, and others were mounted on specialised trailers from Sentry View Systems. The entire deployment was accomplished in a few hours. When activated, ARES enabled the cameras to function as licence plate reader cameras in addition to their usual monitoring function. Licence plate numbers and state jurisdictions from all vehicles that passed through the cameras’ views were compared to law enforcement databases to check for possible wanted persons. Capabilities of ARES advanced analytics A multiple award-winner for excellence in security technologies, the ARES solution has broken new ground in ALPR-based video analytics technology. Because it is capable of processing video images in full colour, unlike older solutions that are restricted to black-and-white images due to their dependence on infrared light, ARES can extract far more data from video than the competition. In addition to reading the licence plate number, ARES can recognise state jurisdiction, vehicle make, colour, and type, data which can help determine whether a licence plate has been stolen. It can also distinguish between commercial and non-commercial vehicles. Furthermore, ARES provides advanced analytics for detecting suspicious vehicle movements and other behaviours for better perimeter protection. According to Jason Jones, Director of Business Development for Sentry View, the system produced hits almost immediately. “We got a lot of alerts – about 75 before 11:00 on Saturday,” he said. This allowed base security to conduct further analysis on the alerts to determine if a potential threat existed in a timely manner. PlateSmart’s second appearance at AirFest This is PlateSmart’s second appearance at AirFest. In 2014, the company’s technology was installed in a civilian police vehicle positioned inside the base’s entry gate with only two cameras. That time, the system scanned over 11,000 licence plates in total, 199 of which returned alerts. This year, PlateSmart worked directly with base security personnel for the larger deployment. Although the company is not at liberty to disclose the total number of plates scanned or alerts returned, the technology proved itself at least as effective if not more so at this year’s AirFest. PlateSmart CEO John Chigos commented, “We’re always proud to have our solutions deployed for events like this. We feel it is vitally important to support the men and women tasked with keeping us safe. ARES is a powerful tool not only for public safety, but also for enhanced force protection of our troops and government personnel. At the end of the day, saving lives is what it’s all about. That’s why we’re here.”
PlateSmart, the creator of award-winning video analytics based on Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR), is proud to announce the successful integration of its ARES ALPR-based video analytics platform with XProtect open platform IP video management software (VMS) from Milestone Systems, the world’s number one open platform VMS vendor by company revenue according to IHS Research. Current and future users of XProtect will now have PlateSmart’s ALPR and analytics features available as an add-on without having to upgrade or replace any cameras or hardware. Easy access with XProtect Smart Client In this solution’s configuration, all PlateSmart ALPR capture data from ARES is directly accessible through the Milestone XProtect Smart Client, which is the main user interface for the XProtect portfolio of VMS offerings. Milestone users now can have access to complete ARES license plate capture and alert histories through a tab on the XProtect Smart Client. The license plate captures are stored with full-colour images of the vehicle along with its make. Also included are time, date, and location data. Additionally, PlateSmart’s next ARES release will be adding vehicle type as well as facial recognition. Any license plates that trigger an alert are stored with alert type and category in addition to the standard license plate capture data. All ALPR captures are also sent to XProtect in the form of metadata, which enables the VMS users to bookmark recorded video by capture event for quicker and easier access. Integration benefits for users “This is a perfect example of PlateSmart’s unbeatable versatility,” said John Chigos, PlateSmart CEO. “ARES is designed to interface seamlessly with any VMS and do so without any ripping and replacing of your cameras. XProtect is one of the best-known VMS platforms available in today’s marketplace, and of course Milestone is at the top of the game in the VMS industry. That reflects positively on PlateSmart and our solutions. We’re proud to partner with Milestone to bring the life-saving ARES ALPR-based video analytics suite to their clients worldwide.” “The PlateSmart technology is unique in its approach to capturing the data, and they have put some really good features in this integration with Milestone, in response to customer needs - for example in the reporting functionality,” said Reinier Tuinzing, Strategic Alliances Manager at Milestone Systems. “There’s an increased demand for LPR today, and such innovative new solutions can be added easily to XProtect video monitoring thanks to Milestone’s open platform architecture.”
Pelco by Schneider Electric announced recently that its VideoXpert™ video management platform is now integrated with PlateSmart’s ARES license plate recognition (LPR) system. The integration provides joint customers with an advanced, accurate and efficient suite of intelligent video analytics tools that complement the rich video management functions delivered by Pelco VideoXpert. LPR-based video analytics for VideoXpert users Integration with third-party technologies, such as PlateSmart, is part of the Pelco’s commitment to developing customised solutions for end customers. As users capture growing amounts of video data, it is critical to deploy intelligent tools that enable video surveillance data to be immediately digestible to ensure safety and security, and optimising business efficiency. The combination of Pelco’s scalable and customisable VideoXpert VMS and the automated number plate recognition (ANPR) of PlateSmart’s ARES solution delivers end users with the ability to recognise key data points for identification and investigations accuracy. “To be the best, you have to work with the best, and Pelco is absolutely at the top of its game in the video surveillance marketplace,” said John Chigos, CEO, PlateSmart. “With all of the changes currently underway in the VMS market, we knew the time was right to closely partner with Pelco. ARES delivers a robust LPR-based video analytics to VideoXpert users, along with data integrity protection that enables users to ensure the availability of captured data.” New level of integration More specifically, the Pelco and PlateSmart interface correlates data from license plate information and video surveillance systems and displays critical information and live video through a single, easy-to-deploy user interface. The integration enables three plug-in capabilities, including: LPR Overlay, which facilitates accurate and real-time monitoring of license plates by overlaying a camera-view window with a dynamic list of license plates captured by the system. This allows users to quickly and easily view critical license plate information – such as number and state. Plate Viewer displays essential metadata, such as time capture with timestamp details, the name of the camera, where the license plate was read, and source and images of the license plate. Alert Viewer, which enables expanded alert details and metadata, including identification of the standard operating procedure (SOP) that triggered the alert as well as the alert type, code, category and priority previously defined by the alert SOP. “Pelco is focused on developing strategic relationships with innovative technology providers to increase customer efficiencies and capabilities,” said Jonathan Lewit, Director of Application Business, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “The integration of PlateSmart’s LPR technology and Pelco’s VideoXpert VMS delivers new levels of intelligence to joint customers who are looking for ways to incorporate advanced levels of situational awareness with incoming video data,” PlateSmart plugins for VideoXpert are available for download by Pelco customers on the Partner First website as part of the Pelco Partner First program.
The relationship with Convergint will solidify PlateSmart’s leadership position in the video analytics security industry PlateSmart, the industry pioneer in software-only automatic license plate recognition (ALPR)-based video analytics solutions, announced recently that it has signed security giant Convergint Technologies as an authorised reseller. The agreement marks a major leap forward for the two companies, both trendsetters in the security industry, which have united to bring affordable, reliable video data analytics technology to verticals never before considered as viable markets for such advanced video surveillance methodologies. Based in Illinois, Convergint is a leading provider of electronic security, healthcare technologies, and automation, with offices in 14 countries including the U.S. and Canada. The company serves a broad spectrum of vertical markets including banking, petrochemical, education, healthcare, utilities and transportation, just to name a few. ALPR-based video analytics for enterprise use Convergint’s efforts regarding PlateSmart will centre primarily on ARES, PlateSmart’s flagship ALPR-based video analytics solution for enterprise use. The winner of the 2014 and 2015 Govies Awards for Video Analytics and a 2013 Best Practices Award from Frost & Sullivan, ARES has established itself as the premier disruptive video data analytics product currently available. Its unique qualities include the ability to fully integrate with any video management software (VMS) solution and provide value added data never before available to any VMS system. The product also sends mission-critical alerts to any VMS in real time for complete situational awareness. Furthermore, ARES is available at an affordable price point that is unprecedented in the marketplace, which means that any size organisation, public or private, can now add ALPR and ALPR-based analytics to its video security. Additionally, ARES is implementing a comprehensive auditing feature set and policy and procedure platform to ensure complete accountability for all data access. It is the first ALPR-based video data analytics solution to include this feature, which will help to safeguard privacy rights without compromising the technology’s effectiveness. Proactive solutions for actionable intelligence The agreement between Convergint and PlateSmart comes at an opportune time for both as recent events in the VMS market have created conditions that make ALPR a must-have feature in VMS systems. PlateSmart CEO John Chigos stated, “Our relationship with Convergint will continue to solidify PlateSmart’s leadership position in the video analytics security industry. It is important to us that our solutions, which have been proven to be best of breed, are represented by a reseller that is at the pinnacle of the industry, and Convergint is indisputably such a company. This agreement will further PlateSmart’s mission to provide real-time value-added data for security agencies to use for investigative purposes. Furthermore, both companies share the belief that together we will further promote the use and development of more proactive VMS systems with real time video analytical information such as those provided by PlateSmart’s ARES. The end result will be better and more reliable security for everyone.” “Our clients continue to demand practical solutions that can help them improve the overall safety and security of their facilities and employees,” said Tony Varco, vice president of marketing and security at Convergint. “They also look to Convergint to provide cost effective and proactive solutions that can turn real-time big data into immediate actionable intelligence. The PlateSmart solution continues to resonate with our clients because of its ability to cost effectively and seamlessly integrate with multiple third party video management platforms.”
Partnership comes fresh on heels of Messoa’s exhibition of its latest HD IP cameras specifically designed for ALPR at IFSEC 2015 PlateSmart automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) software-only solutions are known for working with cameras across the spectrum of the security industry. Messoa, one of the security industry’s premier video camera manufacturers, has consistently produced cameras that work effectively with PlateSmart’s products, making for a strong and productive association. The relationship between the two companies has now been cemented by recently joint announcement that PlateSmart and Messoa have entered into an official integration partnership agreement. Messoa’s HD IP cameras for ALPR applications at IFSEC 2015 The announcement comes fresh on the heels of Messoa’s successful exhibition at IFSEC 2015 in London, where it displayed its latest models of high-definition IP cameras specifically designed for ALPR use. Among the cameras on display was a model boasting 3 megapixels of resolution in addition to headlight suppression, built-in infrared (IR) illumination, and other features conducive to excellent ALPR performance. Pairing of PlateSmart’s HD ALPR engine with Messoa’s HD cameras In addition to the high-quality product offerings from both companies, the effectiveness of the PlateSmart-Messoa combination springs from the pairing of PlateSmart’s high-definition (HD) ALPR engine with Messoa’s HD cameras, which enables users to cover a wider area and capture multiple plates with only a single camera. According to PlateSmart CEO John Chigos, the partnership with Messoa fits perfectly with the Company’s market philosophy. “PlateSmart has always made a point of choosing best-of-breed channel partners,” he says. “With Messoa, we are able to offer our customers everything they could want in license plate recognition. Messoa gives them a fantastic video image while PlateSmart gives them our unparalleled accuracy, flexibility, and data integrity protection.” “We are very excited about the partnership with PlateSmart”, said Allan Lee, President of MESSOA Technologies Inc. “With the integration of MESSOA CatchAll™ engine and PlateSmart HD LPR engine, it makes the state-of-art LPR solution obtainable and affordable, which ultimately benefits to the public safety as well as increases management effectiveness for applications in need of LPR solution such as parking lots, campus and schools, for example.”
Advances in LPR: License plate recognition (LPR) is used widely today in law enforcement applications, but the enterprise security market is also catching on to benefits of the technology – especially when it is combined with other video analytics. PlateSmart Technologies, Oldsmar, Fla., is working to maximise those benefits and to use LPR as a real-time, proactive tool for physical security. PlateSmart’s ARES Enterprise Video Analytics System is a software-only platform that combines LPR with video analytics. The system is compatible with the newest HD cameras or can be retrofitted to legacy cameras, even analog. The system can work alone or can be integrated with existing video management systems and server hardware. The newest option is availability of LPR software inside the camera: PlateSmart offers an LPR-based video analytics “app” that can be loaded onto a Samsung Techwin Wisenet III camera. The company is working with other camera manufacturers, too. “That’s one of the beautiful things, we are a software-only, open-platform technologies, and we can easily conform to a given camera platform if there is enough processing capability,” says John Chigos, PlateSmart’s CEO. Combining LPR with video analytics provides better, more proactive, real-time results, adds Chigos. Integration of LPR and video analytics with various federal, state or private industry databases provides additional real-time data about vehicles as they come, go and move around a secured site. For example, the system can tell if a vehicle drives into an area where it shouldn’t go, say in a certain parking lot, in effect recognising the behavior of the vehicle. Benefits of Platesmart ARES: “Technology such as ours will be part of a solution that, combined with human intelligence and other video analytics capabilities, can prevent acts of terrorism,” In addition to reading the license plate number, Chigos says the system can also read the jurisdiction, country and province on the license plate, and video analytics can recognise the type of vehicle, its color, even the make and model (by recognising emblems or logos on a vehicle). Although designed for the U.S. market, the system easily adapts to applications throughout the world; for example, the license plate numbers in Europe are larger and easier to read. (In Europe, LPR is often referred to as ANPR [automatic number plate recognition].) PlateSmart’s system can also enable patterns to be developed based on the actions of a vehicle; databases can be created of vehicle activity; and “black lists” or “white lists” of vehicles can be compiled. “We do not touch the data; all the data is given to the end user,” says Chigos. “We set up the rule sets, or they can set them up.” “Technology such as ours will be part of a solution that, combined with human intelligence and other video analytics capabilities, can prevent acts of terrorism,” adds Chigos. “Technologies are changing to meet market needs, and we are part of that solution.” The company also offers a facial recognition software suite that can match video images of a driver’s face against faces in a driver’s license database, for example. High-speed vehicle tracking: The ARES system reads plate number and performs other analytics using a single video image, unlike some LPR systems that use two cameras – one to view the total image for context and a second, specialised IR camera to read the numbers on the license plate. There are also no other hardware elements, such as frame grabbers; it’s just the cameras and the software. Scalability is easy given that one installation may include hundreds of cameras plugged into the system. "The system can also make out three different numbers in a single video image, and the overall accuracy is 90 percent." PlateSmart says its system can read the license numbers from vehicles traveling at rapid speeds – the system captures numbers on vehicles traveling between 0 and 80 miles per hour on a highway between Tampa and Orlando, Fla. The system can also make out three different numbers in a single video image, and the overall accuracy is 90 percent. Chigos emphasises that means 90 out of 100 vehicles passing by; sometimes other manufacturers quote accuracy figures based on the number of plates it recognizes, not on the total number of vehicles passing by. Therefore, the percentage is higher. Market sectors: Applications so far have included water treatment plants, ports, and military bases. An initial pilot program was implemented at the Republican National Convention in 2012 in Tampa. The system is currently being used at Port Tampa Bay, Florida’s largest maritime port and the 16th largest in the United States. The system can also be used for site surveillance at hospitals, universities, and manufacturing and distribution centers. “Our technology takes advantage of cameras these facilities already have installed,” says Chigos. “When you add LPR on top of existing systems, we produce additional information without having to incur large capital expenditures.” Teaming up with defense systems integrator enrGies, Huntsville, Ala., PlateSmart is working to perfect the first LPR and video analytics technology for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or drones) to assist security agencies and military personnel in combatting crime and terrorism. Soon the “eye” in the sky will be able to read your license plate numbers.