Automatic License Plate Recognition
As we covered on an earlier episode of TRANSLOGIC, some police cars now have the ability to automatically scan license plates while they patrol the streets, leading to possible citations or arrests. In other words, you can run, but you can't hide.
Automatic License Plate Recognition, or ALPR, works with a system of cameras mounted to the cruiser that can scan thousands of license plates per hour. Even at high speeds, the cameras scan license plates against a database that signals any standouts. The alerts are almost instantaneous.
For now, police say they aren't going after small infraction (like excessive parking tickets), rather are more interested in finding 'high-threat' criminals. If you're driving a stolen car, for instance, and get passed by a cop with ALPR, it's very unlikely you stand a chance.
We applaud this technological marvel, but hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands. (We're looking at you, parking enforcement officers.)