Derwent, manufacturers of infrared illumination products presented its number plate video-capture device at an exclusive US government demonstration at Quantico US Marine Corps base, near Washington DC.
Known as 'REG', the device uses infrared technology to capture number plates of moving vehicles in day or night conditions with or without high beam headlights on.
REG was successfully launched at IFSEC2001 and has already been specified into several major European transportation and security projects. "The company is predicting that demand for intelligent vehicle-assess-control will grow rapidly in the near future," according to Shaun Cutler, Derwent's Marketing Manager.
"Many terrorist attacks globally have involved vehicles. It makes sense to use technology to control access for vehicles in a similar way that we control access to people entering at doorways."
REG overcomes problems associated with capturing high quality video of number plates on a 24/7 basis including speed, headlights, daytime highlights, etc. The system uses filtering to block visible light and emits infrared to bounce off number plates for reading from its specially designed camera. At vehicle speeds of over 100 km/h and with the headlights on in a typically dark scene, REG is able to provide quality video images of number plates. It is designed to be used either on a standalone basis with VCR or digital recorders or with software-driven ANPR (automatic number plate reader) systems.
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