Topics in this section include:
- Camera Positioning and Zooming
- Naming and Labeling
- Saving a License Plate
- Recent Sightings
- License Plate Details
- License Plate Alerts
- Add Licenses Plates
License Plate recognition does not come enabled by default. To enable it, make sure you have assigned an enterprise license to the camera you want to capture license plates with. You can learn how to enable this feature by reading the Enabling Features section here.
Camera Positioning and Zooming
You can increase the accuracy of the license plate recognition software by ensuring that the distance between the camera and where the license plates are within the recommended distances.
To see the full distance table, you can refer to the article here.
Naming and Labeling
To get to the License Plates feature, go to the Investigations tab, then click on 'License Plates'.
Saving a License Plate
Saving a license plate means you are building a license plate profile. To save a license plate, you simply have to name it.
Find the license plate you want to name, and click on the pencil icon and enter the license plate name
To search for a license plate number, simply use the search bar located in the top left area of the page. You can also type in a partial license plate and all relevant license plates will show up in the results area.
For searching and matching license plates to saved vehicles for alerting, the software uses fuzzy searching which allows up to 3 characters to mismatch depending on length of the read plate. So even if the software can't identify all the the characters in the plate, it will still show and alert on the correct plates.
Other search filters are also available to narrow down or expand the time frame that you want your results to be.
The Recent Sightings tab will show you thumbnails of license plates that were recently captured. Here you can perform a variety of actions, such as naming thumbnails to be saved to your organization, and adding label(s) to it. Adding a label is crucial to setting up an alert for specific plates. You can add multiple labels by clicking on the Add label button and entering a label name of your choosing.
As an example from the screen shot above, I added a name 'test1' and a label 'trusted' to the first plate from the left:
When you click on the thumbnail of a particular plate, more information about the sighting appears. From here you can go directly to the footage and view the clip, or view more details about the plate and setup alerts, and mark it as trusted.
License Plate Details
License plate details are located in the popup after you click on the thumbnail in the results area, or if the plate is already saved you can search for it in 'Saved License Plates' tab and click on the thumbnail. You will see some information such at the date and time, the name of the cameras that picked up the license plate, and the location name.
You will also have an option to go to the footage, which will take you directly to a 30secs clip of the event.
License Plates Alerts
If you setup an alert on any license plate, any time that plate is spotted an alert (email, push notification, etc) will be sent to all people that have alert notifications turned on. You can setup an alert policy (below) to manage which plates to be notified about via labeling, or to be notified about any unsaved plates:
Add License Plates
On the License Plates tab of the Investigations page, you will see the “Add License Plates” button on the top right of the screen. You'll see a modal pop up to enter the name of the license plate you want to save, and the license plate alphanumeric digits.
Once you are done, click Submit and you should see it listed in the 'Saved License Plates' tab.