The government of Thailand, which recently deployed a powerful response against a series of large protests and rallies, is turning to the integrated ALPC (Advanced License Plate Recognition) camera systems from PIPS Technology in its growing Electronic Vehicle Registration Systems project.
PIPS Spikelet PIPS parent Federal Signal Technologies Corp., based in Oak Brook, Ill., announced a deal with Konlakorn Co. Ltd. of Bangkok worth up to $6 million over the next three years for the gear as Konlakorn expands the EVR project nationwide.
The Thailand EVR project is expected to use hundreds of PIPS cameras over the next several years, FST said. The cameras will be deployed on highway gantries alongside Federal Signal Technologies' Sirit ID5100 tag readers already being supplied for the project through Sirit's partner, MIKOH (AVI) Ltd. The EVR project is also expected to use more than 30 million Sirit tags.
"Assuring a truly secure EVR System through the use of Sirit's tags and readers was key to the first stage of Federal Signal Technologies' involvement in this project," said William Osborne, Federal Signal's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Now, the addition of PIPS' ALPR cameras will further contribute to the EVR project's data collection performance and integrity for vehicle registration, insurance and other compliance matters. It also offers an opportunity to contribute substantially to national security."
PIPS' newly introduced P392 'Spikelet' integrated ALPR camera products were chosen.
Spikelet incorporates camera(s), illuminator and data and image processing within a single sealed enclosure. The unit comprises a monochrome camera surrounded by two sets of IR LEDs. PIPS patented filter/flash technique provides suppression of headlights and bright sunlight. Field-by-field control of camera parameters allows the use of a "triple flash" technique to reduce any problems of plate-to-plate variability.
Spikelet can also include an optional integrated color camera that snap more images of the scene.
PIPS' ALPR cameras are already widely used in around 40 countries worldwide for policing and security in addition to numerous road-user charging, tolling and EVR applications. These include London's congestion charging scheme and the pioneering Bermuda EVR system.
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