February 21, 2024

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Real-time number plate technology for Victoria’s police

The Victoria Police will now have an easier time nabbing the fast and furious.

A collaboration between the Victoria Police and a private company was announced today. Following a competitive tender process, a US-based data communication and teleco equipment provider will arm the police with new number plate recognition and in car video technology.

Race for Tender

Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Michael Grainger said the contract signing is an important step towards the units hitting the road.

He said, “As part of the tender process the shortlisted companies were asked to develop a prototype. This allowed the design to be tested and developed before going into contract so we knew what we were purchasing.”

The company was able to demonstrate a detailed understanding of the police’s needs and more importantly, the services required for a user-friendly interface.

The state-wide managed service contract amounts to AUD 17.3 million. 221 Highway Patrol vehicles will be fitted with the latest in-car video technology over the next three years. The first five vehicles will hit the road early 2019. Three further deployments completing the 221 unit roll out in 2021.

More than just for technology’s sake, the solution used for the partnership is part of a wider move to achieve the goals of Towards Zero. Towards Zero is a plan by the Victorian Government to improve road safety. The goal is complete elimination of deaths on Victorian roads.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition

The Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) uses cloud-based technology and is high-resolution. Police are able to scan throngs of passing vehicle number plates to spot dangerous and unauthorised drivers in real-time. The purpose of the technology is to detect stolen and unregistered vehicles, and nab offenders guilty of traffic violations. It is fully integrable with other systems currently used by the Victoria Police.

Information collected by the ANPR provides authorities with fresh and reliable number plate data. Moreover, the data collected can be translated into insights on road user behaviour.

The solution rolled out will improve public-private relations. The high-quality videos and audio recordings will increase protection and accountability. This material can be used as evidence in court.

Vice President and Managing Director of the private company said, “By combining ANPR detection with in-car video, this solution will provide high quality visual and audio corroboration of incidents and offences witnessed by police. Solutions like this have been proven to increase accountability and even make individuals modify their behaviour when they know they are being filmed, contributing to greater safety for all road users and police officers.”

A/AC Grainger said, “It’s hoped also through increasing the public’s awareness of the possibility of being recorded, will deter and assist in de-escalating potential incidents, increasing officer safety.”

No Screeching Halt for Technology

Victoria Police have the flexibility to add enhancements to the program over time, according to the service provider. Improvements are possible as vehicle and video standards and technologies grow from strength to strength.

Even in the engagement and test design phase, police officers provided valuable feedback. Their feedback was critical in guiding product use and design.

A/AC Grainger added, “[The police] are also looking forward to the technology rolling out. It will provide police with yet another tool to remove unauthorised and high-risk road users from the road.”

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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