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Q&A: The multifaceted benefits of Utility’s LPR systems for law enforcement agencies

How Utility’s LPR solutions are setting new standards in public safety and policing efficiency

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By Police1 Staff

In the dynamic realm of law enforcement, technological advancements play a pivotal role in enhancing operational efficiency, ensuring public safety and aiding in effective crime-solving. Among these technologies, License Plate Recognition (LPR) systems have emerged as crucial tools for police departments. Utility’s innovative LPR solutions — encompassing Fixed Mount, Mobile, and Portable ALPR systems — offer a comprehensive approach to modern policing challenges.

This Q&A reviews the multifaceted benefits of Utility’s LPR systems for law enforcement agencies. From providing a cost-effective force multiplier to enhancing situational awareness and aiding in the prosecution of cases, these systems represent a significant leap in law enforcement capabilities. In this Q&A, we explore how Utility’s LPR solutions are setting new standards in public safety and policing efficiency.

Q: What is Utility’s License Plate Recognition (LPR) and how is it beneficial for law enforcement?

A: Utility’s LPR is an advanced system designed for law enforcement that includes Fixed Mount, Mobile and Portable ALPR solutions. These solutions act as force multipliers, providing continuous digital evidence collection at a fraction of the cost of hiring additional personnel.

Q: Can you describe the different deployment scenarios for Utility’s LPR systems?

A: There are three main deployment scenarios:

  • Fixed ALPR: Used for detecting travel patterns and establishing traffic routes, especially in high-frequency areas like school zones.
  • Mobile ALPR: Mounted on patrol vehicles to capture plates of all passing vehicles and match them against hotlists, providing real-time alerts.
  • Portable ALPR: Solar-powered and cellular-connected, ideal for situational deployments like monitoring nightclub areas.

Q: How cost-effective are Utility’s LPR solutions, and what kind of analysis do they offer?

A: Utility’s LPR solutions are highly cost-effective, operating at less than $8 per day per camera. They provide AI-based analysis, extracting crucial vehicle details from images, which is a significant advantage for law enforcement.

Q: How does the LPR improve situational awareness for law enforcement agencies?

A: The LPR system enhances situational awareness by allowing live streaming from cameras. This feature enables dispatchers to better prepare first responders by providing them with real-time information about the scene they are approaching.

Q: How does the LPR system help in crime investigations?

A: The LPR system is particularly effective in crime investigations as 70% of crimes involve a vehicle. It provides instant, GPS-based, searchable vehicle data, giving law enforcement a crucial head start in their investigations. The data includes GPS coordinates, which serves as vital evidence in building a prosecution case. It offers a digital record of vehicle movements and activities, crucial for legal proceedings.

Q: In terms of efficiency, how does the LPR system benefit traffic stops and vehicle tracking?

A: The LPR system increases efficiency in traffic stops by matching license plates with national or local hotlists. This helps officers determine the necessity of a stop and provides more context about what they might encounter. For vehicle tracking, it uses data from fixed-mount cameras to identify vehicle traffic patterns, aiding in predictively targeting areas of interest.

Q: What sets Utility’s LPR systems apart from other similar technologies?

A: Utility’s LPR system stands out in several ways. First, it offers real-time license plate capture, analysis and hotlist matching across all deployment types, whether fixed, mobile, or portable. This ensures consistent, high-quality data collection in varied environments.

The system also features advanced proximity and hot zone alerting and searching. It can provide BOLO (Be On the Lookout) notifications based on license plate captures, a crucial tool for local law enforcement.

A significant differentiator is the system’s full integration with Utility’s POLARIS digital evidence management platform. This integration allows for seamless access and sharing of license plate captured data, enhancing collaboration and data management.

Utility’s LPR solution goes beyond just hardware. It leverages sophisticated software that performs edge computing, extracting detailed vehicle information such as the license plate, make, model, and color from images, irrespective of the deployment scenario.

Moreover, the platform offers proximity and hot zone-based alerting and searching with live map integration, showing what plates were read within a quarter-mile radius of a crime. This feature is invaluable in real-time crime response and investigation.

Lastly, Utility’s system unifies various components into a single platform, tying together EOS and ICV captured video, CAD alerts, and vehicle details. This integration streamlines the evidence management process, making it more efficient and effective for law enforcement agencies.

In summary, Utility’s LPR system distinguishes itself through its advanced data processing capabilities, comprehensive integration, and user-friendly platform, all of which contribute to its superiority in the law enforcement technology market.

Q: What do customers appreciate most about Utility’s LPR solutions?

A: Customers value the accuracy and reliability of the data captured, including details of license plates, vehicle data and snapshots. They also appreciate the simplicity and power of the reporting tools, allowing for efficient analysis of LPR data.

Q: Where can I find more information about Utility’s LPR solutions?

A: More information is available by contacting Utility at, calling 800-597-4707, or visiting their website at