AST Digital Magazine July/August 2016 - Page 9

Volume 6 cameras in the surveillance network while still allowing them to perform their regular monitor-andrecord function. This allows for the detection and tracking capabilities of ALPR to be truly maximized, as any or all of the cameras in the system can be capturing license plates at all times. Beyond Law Enforcement July-Aug 2016 Edition criminals or terrorists that might do serious harm to patients and/or staff. But this is not the only advantage ALPR provides. Instead of simply monitoring who is accessing a property, ALPR-based video analytics can be used to actually control it. Whereas many facilities control access by requiring the entrant to show or scan an ID badge or display a decal on their vehicle, ALPR technology makes it possible to base access solely on license plates. This type of access control automatically keeps accurate track of entries and exits and requires a minimum of human intervention, thus saving both time and money in addition to making the process more The flexibility and affordability of new-school ALPR solutions is enabling the use of the technology to expand beyond law enforcement into other sectors such as education, health care, repossession and recovery, retail, and many others. All of these areas of endeavor have vital security and/or intelligencegathering needs for which ALPR-based video analytics can be a great help. For the purposes of this piece, however, we will examine the first two; namely, education and healthcare. Most would agree that school campuses and medical facilities are some of our most important and, at the same time, most vulnerable institutions. In addition, their physical security needs often mirror those of cities. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that so many of these facilities are discovering the protective power of ALPR. As with their city counterparts, educational and medical institutions with ALPR-based video analytics as part of their security infrastructure have license plate scan-and-check and vehicle movement pattern recognition as basic tools. This is ideal for perimeter security and for intelligence as to who enters and leaves the campus or facility and when— what is often referred to as “situational awareness.” For a school, this means ensuring that violent and/ or sex offenders do not drive onto the campus without security personnel or police knowing about it. For a medical facility, it means helping to keep out 9