• White Paper-Perceptics: Why State Identification is Vital in License Plate Readers

    KTC is pleased to continue this series of point papers on subjects we are frequently asked about. For this we asked our partner Perceptics (www.perceptics.com) to address the issue of identifying the state of issue for license plates. Perceptics manages the highest accuracy rate of any vendor, even for vehicles traveling at road speeds (guaranteed at >95%) and still manages to identify the plate number and the state – quickly! So, Phil, Jennie, Don – over to you…

    Why State Identification is Vital in License Plate Readers for Access Control

    Vehicle identifications and inspections constitute key components of many perimeter and access control security protocols. The greater the stakes and consequences of any unauthorized entry the more likely you are to see vehicle identification and inspection systems deployed. In today’s world, you must know the people and vehicles coming and going from your facility in order to assess the validity of the visit and determine the threat they or their vehicle may pose to the environment. Manually checking a license plate number against a secured database in an effort to verify the person and vehicle have been cleared can consume on average 3-4 minutes of a gate officer’s time, potentially causing traffic congestion and frustration issues at the point of entry. That’s why there is a growing need for automated, real-time License Plate Reading systems that read state identification.

    High performance License Plate Reader systems, which operate consistently in low light situations, under extreme weather conditions and can return optimal license plate read results or data regardless of vehicle speed, allow gate officers to operate with increased efficiency while optimizing crucial facility access security operations. But not all License Plate Readers operate with consistent accuracy or are capable of returning all the license plate data needed to realize optimal efficiency and threat assessment or readiness.

    It is not uncommon for license plate numbers to be repeated from state to state. In those cases, “State Identification” becomes the qualifying variable that allows gate officers to properly cross-check against secured databases, completely removing a manual step in the security process. If “State Identification” data is missing, gate officers must either manually check and enter that information before querying databases like NCIC or check the databases for a given license plate registration number and manually verify the state information on any matches found. This manual solution can potentially cause a massive tie-up of the databases query and becomes an enormous resource drain on the officers, who spend their time cleaning and qualifying data, instead of assessing the information at hand. This presents a security risk at the gate. Officers with their eyes on a computer screen, running queries, compromise their ability to respond to a threat that may be evolving in front of their eyes.

    License Plate Readers, in and of themselves, provide no protection panacea. The majority of the systems on the market do not identify the plate’s origin, leaving data integrity in doubt and failing to allow for the optimal use of time and resources. But those who have experienced Automated License Plate Readers with “State Identification” capabilities firsthand agree that they handily provide a greater degree of protection and enable a much more streamlined approach to access control. Data accuracy and speed underpin timely and thorough threat assessment; and, timely and thorough threat assessment is the cornerstone of watchful security. By automating the vehicle inspection and intelligence process and returning all available plate data for thorough local and federal database clearances, facilities that make use of these new technologies report both decreased risk and increased operational efficiency.

    Have a look at the Top 5 Concerns of Security Directors and Managers Infographic.

    For more information, please go to their site: www.perceptics.com or contact Don Gasch at info@perceptics.com or 865.228.3035.

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