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New Genetec Solution Turns IP Cameras Into License Plate Readers

Genetec says its AutoVu Flexreader enables organizations to move beyond plate capture and use existing IP cameras to identify and track license plates of vehicles entering or leaving their premises.

MONTREAL — Genetec has unveiled AutoVu Flexreader, a new solution that brings automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) capabilities to suitable IP video surveillance cameras supported by the Genetec Security Center unified platform.

AutoVu Flexreader enables organizations to move beyond plate capture and use existing IP cameras to identify and track license plates of vehicles entering or leaving their premises, according to the company.

Genetec says end users can additionally benefit by extending their security operations — especially for businesses and retailers—to access the full ALPR feature set of Security Center AutoVu, and take advantage of data-mining tools and graphical reports.

“In the past, customers who wanted to take advantage of the unified ALPR experience offered by Security Center had to use dedicated ALPR units, which provided more capabilities than necessary for certain applications,” says Robert Amante, AutoVu product manager at Genetec. “With AutoVu Flexreader, we are making it easier for customers to take advantage of the deep feature set AutoVu provides. Now, they can re-use their existing security infrastructure equipment to augment their system with ALPR in a cost-effective manner.”

AutoVu Flexreader can help identify potential threats as soon as they appear by automatically identifying vehicles entering a facility and match them to existing hotlists, according to the company.

With the flexible list management features of Security Center AutoVu, unknown or suspect vehicles can trigger specific alarms and activate video surveillance recording to help decrease response time and support investigations.

The system can open vehicle gates and garage doors when the vehicle of an employee or registered visitor is detected, or instantly notify staff of the arrival of suppliers and visiting VIPs. It can also provide security professionals with complete vehicle audit trails, including license plate number, date, time, coordinates, license plate origin and associated videos to support investigations.

Genetec says AutoVu Flexreader can unlock new business intelligence insights in the behavior of vehicles and visitors for retail organizations and other businesses with ungated parking lots by using data collected by the cameras to track who is accessing a facility and when, monitor repeat visits, measure length of stay and more.

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