Review: Realities of License Plate Recognition - LPR

IP Video Market Info praises Milestone documentation.
In the Video Analytics Review section of the website called IP Video Market Info, a recent article called “Realities of License Plate Recognition (LPR)” was posted by John Honovich, editor and consultant in the IP surveillance industry.

“LPR is a very demanding application that can only succeed in limited operational conditions deployed by expert security integrators.

Historically, publicly available information clearly explaining the operational impact has been hard to find. Thankfully, Milestone has released their LPR administrator's manual  providing an honest, clear and concise explanation. I recommend you read pages 29-35 to get a very rapid but deep review of the key factors. Though this is for Milestone the points are generally consistent with the state of the art in currently available commercial systems.

The Milestone document helps to reveal 3 key practical elements:

1. LPR can only succeed when a number of strict operational conditions are met.
2. The costs of achieving these conditions makes LPR unfeasible for many scenarios.
3. You need deep security integration expertise to succeed but only modest IT depth.”

Honovich describes in the article the 5 key conditions that need to be met in approximate order of difficulty and analyzes the feasibility of using LPR in practical applications.  Regarding the topic of the required security integration expertise, he writes:

“The other interesting element that the Milestone manual demonstrates is that LPR integration does not demand deep IT skill but it does demand deep expertise in security design and camera systems.

Integrating LPR is much more like using a graphics design application than it is like setting up a mail server. It depends on understanding the design objectives of security, the physical conditions of the site and the capabilities of the video tools available. The IT elements of the setup are fairly straightforward for a security integrator. The challenge lies in the design and application.

Finally, it is great that Milestone released this manual. It is a strong indicator of the quality of their company. Milestone has clearly shared operational limitations that might stop some from buying their product. It is hard for most organizations to do this. Nevertheless, in the long run, it is better for our customers and I believe better for Milestone. In this way, we can maximize the probability that projects will be successful, customers will be happy and the market expands over time.”

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