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Plate Recognition or License Plate Recognition cameras are designed to see or read a license plate at night.  Our Hidden Camera Surveillance CCTV Security camera is desinged to see and read a car number plate regardless of whether the vehicle in question has headlights on or not.   Whilst the ANPR camera can be used as a normal colour CCTV surveillance camera by day, the fact is so can many other cameras. The ANPR primarliy has one key function and that is to see number plates clearly at night.  Read more below. 


Number Plate Camera

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Most CCTV cameras can see a license plate during the day but at night that becomes quite different. Number Plate Recognition cameras are more common place nowadays and can be easily integrated into most Digital Video Recording (DVR) systems.

The ANPR camera looks like most other IR type cameras bit with a big difference. During the day it can see and record in colour although at night, the Number Plate Recognition camera comes into it's own. The ANPR will auto switch to B/W mode and whilst people will be more difficult to identify (dependant on surrounding lighting) a number plate or License Plate will illuminate even with HEADLIGHTS OFF.

Not to be mistaken with Image Processing Software normally associated with the DVR system, the Number Plate Recognition camera filters bright lights (car headlights including high beam) and allows for a reflection from the number plate, more or less like wearing a white shirt in a fluoro lit (black light) night club. The vehicle number plate will virtually be illuminated by the Number Plate Recognition camera's built in IR's (Infra Red LED's) so it's a good idea to have the ANPR camera at a lower level and not too high.

Distance from car to camera is also a requirement. The Number Plate Recognition camera is available in medium and high resolution Sony CCD and with a range of lenses from 6mm to 25mm. The 6mm lens will offer a wider view which is fine if the vehicle in question is close to the camera, say within 3 to 6m. However, as the number plate is quite small, the further distance from camera the more difficult it will be to see.

Camera angles will also play a vital role. Beyond 6m one needs to consider a more more powerful or telescopic lens such as the 12 or 16mm. The change in lens will bring more distant objects closer so the ANPR needs to be concentrated on the front of vehicle, not just a wide angle view.  The DVR software will be able to compensate to some degree on image zooming or enhancing if required but the key is to aim the ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) camera at the desired zone so that recorded images do not have to be enhanced to read.

The vehicle speed approaching or leaving the ANPR is also fundamentally important. Ideally the security camera needs to be positioned in an area where the vehicle will be at is slowest or stationary point and by that we mean areas such as Boom Gates, Speed Humps, Auto Garage Doors an Gates. There is no point placing the camera in an area where vehicles are likely to speed past the camera. The DVR recording recording quality will also play a major roll in license plate capturing. See our H.264 DVR systems here.

Camera Features
1/3” Sony Color CCD
Resolution 540/480/420TVL optional
Infrared LED's
IR Distance Max 50m
Minimum Illumination 0.0 Lux
Lens 6mm 8mm 12mm 16mm 25mm (Optional)
IR Cut-filter or Car plate license option


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