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Smart ANPR for a range of traffic management applications.

Smart CCTV : 13 April, 2007  (New Product)
Joint venture between Morse Group and Smart CCTV results in vehicle registration number recognition system for use in speed control, journey time analysis, access control and other applications.
A newly created team from Morse Group and Smart CCTV launches its first jointly engineered product, the Data Managed ANPR System or DMAS.

DMAS is a flexible and scalable smart camera based system that provides Vehicle Registration Number (VRN) data for a range of traffic management, access control and security applications.

This new web-hosted system uses specialist equipment from Smart CCTV including illumination, digital camera, communications, image acquisition and processing power, linked to an integrated Morse application platform. A number of specific versions of the product are available to suit different applications.

Number plate data from passing vehicles is captured and analysed by a powerful, yet low wattage infra-red camera using onboard Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, then transmitted to a database via cables or GPRS/G3 mobile telephony.

In Access Control situations, DMAS can be pre-set with vehicle number plate information and can give near real-time alerts to raise a barrier, for example, and to send email or SMS text messages.

The DMAS camera has onboard memory for holding 'White' and 'Black' lists and could be linked to an existing control system. The camera also has trigger in and outs, which can be used to activate it, for barrier activation, or to let certain pre-approved visitors in as they drive up to a barrier. Processing can be done in the unit, or on the central server.

Traffic management applications for DMAS include:.

* Car park management: How many cars have been parked for longer than x minutes? How does this vary by time and day of the week?
* Keeping track of where vehicles are: at multi-site car franchises; or at airports car parks.
* Journey time analysis: how long does it take the average vehicle to get from point A to point B and how does this vary over time?
* Traffic surveys: How many cars enter a town on road A and exit on road B?
* De-Moorage: How long has it taken to turn a certain vehicle around at a logistics hub or specific delivery site? How long does that compare with the average?
* Car shopping: Identifying vehicles which cruise around car parks whose occupants are looking for specific types of car, that are then stolen to order.
* Sector speed control: on large commercial and academic sites.

Individual users can access and analyse the data using a customisable Web front-end on any system with Internet access and the required authorisation. Data can be viewed on screen as both numerical and graphical data (eg traffic flow, road usage); or downloaded into a spreadsheet for further manipulation.
DMAS is normally a managed and hosted service to ensure a very robust IT environment with a high Service Level Agreements and availability. If the end-user has a suitable computing environment the DMAS software can be installed onto their own system.

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