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How does ALPR work;
License plates of interest (hotlist) are downloaded to the onboard computer
Hotlists are comprised of - stolen license plates, plates associated to stolen vehicles, prohibited drivers, unlicensed drivers, uninsured vehicles, etc,
The ALPR equipped vehicle is deployed on public streets and parking lots, indiscriminately capturing images of mobile and parked vehicles that enter the camera’s field of view
If the license plate from the image is found on any of the Hotlists,
All they need to do is adjust the database to whatever fits their agenda.
KOMOTV - Officers are using cameras that can read up to 10 license plates per second and check them against a database of stolen vehicles.
However there is a dark side. Essentially they could set these up and monitor the traffic flows until they have hits for unpaid violations etc. and when they generate a hit bam,
Pretty cool tech, but yeah it does have some potential abuses and knowing greedy money grubbing City's, with large LEA's pushing their power tripping LEO's will no doubt use this new tool to abuse citizens and generate more revenue.
Originally posted by Mr. Ree
How is that a dark side to anyone but a criminal who doesn't pay their tickets?
billybob - people who can't pay aren't always 'criminals'. my goodness.