Jackson, Miss. PD Using Genetec’s License-Plate Reader System

Unpaid fines have been recovered and wanted suspects apprehended
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Since 2011 the Jackson (Miss.) Police Department has been using Genetec’s AutoVu License Plate Recognition system to scan and collect vehicle license plate information on vehicles whose owners have outstanding fines, or are wanted.
Genetec, a provider of unified IP security solutions, says the Jackson City PD has several vehicles equipped with the AutoVu mobile LPR system, including its “easy-to-use software” that collect vehicle license-plate data and compares the information to a computerized “hot list,” and will sound the alert if there is a match.
On the body of the police autos are two AutoVu SharpX Internet protocol-based LPR cameras. Specifically designed for mobile applications, the SharpX IP on-vehicle camera is one of the smallest high-resolution LPR cameras available, Genetec says.
The resolution provided by the SharpX is two to three times higher than the resolution provided by most other LPR cameras on the market, and the results are “extremely accurate license plate read rates, even in bad weather, at poor angles, and at high speeds,” Genetec says.
In addition, the in-vehicle patroller application helps officers review all data collected throughout the day while the officers back at the station can monitor and analyze reads from the vehicles. Wirelessly, or at the end of a shift, all data collected is synchronized with the Jackson PD's central system for ongoing analysis, Genetec says.
While Jackson PD’s LPR-equipped cars were originally tasked with locating motorists with multiple unpaid moving violations, the department soon found other benefits and uses for the technology, the company says.
Using the National Crime Information Center and warrant hotlist, the AutoVu LPR system has not only been successful in the recovery of the outstanding fines, the system has identified suspects who were also wanted for other crimes, which has led to a number of arrests and convictions, says Jackson’s Deputy Chief of Patrol Operations Eric Wall. “Being able to take felony offenders off the streets of Jackson to keep our citizens safe is always a significant accomplishment,” he adds.


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