It would be easy to assume that all license plate recognition cameras are more or less the same. That assumption would be a mistake, however, so it is worth educating yourself a bit before you make a buying decision. To make the right choice for your needs on this purchase, you don’t necessarily need to be an expert on the topic, but you do need to have a general understanding of the options on the market today.
You’ll need to make sure that you are picking a camera which offers an output format that is compatible with the LPR software you will be using. There are plenty of formats available on the market today, so it’s just a matter of searching until you find the right option.
How Much Can You Spend?
Obviously, this is an important piece of the puzzle for any shopping process. If you don’t have a sufficient budget for this purchase, you’ll need to take a new look at what you can accomplish with the funds you do have available. Often, it will be necessary to spend more than $1,000 to buy a true LPR camera.
It stands to reason that frame rate is going to be closely correlated to the speed of the vehicles in question. If the camera is going to be used in an area where vehicles are traveling slowly, the frame rate can be much lower than a camera used on a faster road.
Your camera is not going to do you much good as a standalone unit. To be effective, it needs to integrate with the software that you have selected for this project. Pick the software option that is going to provide you with all the features necessary to accomplish your goals.
It’s important to know exactly where this camera is going to be situated in reference to the license plates that it is trying to capture. The specs of the camera will need to match up with what you will be expecting it to do, as capturing license plates from farther away is more difficult than a close-up position.
No matter what kind of camera you are discussing, lighting is always going to be an issue. Some cameras have advanced lighting settings, such as the ability to compensate for the presence of headlights.
Depending on the location of the camera and other factors, you may or may not be willing to select a model that is going to require regular, ongoing maintenance.
Think About the Weather
Is the camera going to live in a place with mild weather conditions, or will it have to stand up to a harsh environment? This factor should also play a role in your selection.
How Many Lanes?
You should find information on how many lanes a particular camera is capable of monitoring within the specs for each model.
Fight Back Against Vandals
Damage by vandals to your camera can be expensive. If installed in an area where vandalism is likely, a camera model that is designed to stand up to abuse is desirable.
Next Generation Security Concepts is pleased to carry License Plate Recognition software from PlateSmart, a leader in the security software space. To find out more about this great system, contact us today!