Genetec unveils latest ALPR technology

Montreal, Canada and Chicago, Il (USA)

Autovu Sharp Z3 ALPR camera and processing unit

At the recent IACP show in Chicago, Genetec unveiled its next generation mobile ALPR (automatic license plate recognition) system. Powered by Intel Movidius Myriad X VPU (Vision processing unit), the new Genetec Autovu Sharp Z3 is among the first specialised in-vehicle ALPR systems in the world to use Intel’s latest deep learning and computer vision technology.

The deep learning capabilities in the Autovu Sharp Z3 system will enable advanced levels of innovation in in-vehicle analytics, situational awareness, and accuracy.

“With the Autovu Sharp Z3, vehicle-based ALPR technology is about to enter a new phase in its evolution, made possible by Intel’s high-performance, low-power, deep learning VPU. By bringing powerful deep learning processing into the device itself, we are no longer limited by the constraints of traditional computer vision techniques or server post processing. The new Autovu Sharp Z3 system will enable cities and law enforcement organisations to go far beyond simple license plate character recognition,” said Stephan Kaiser, General Manager of Autovu at Genetec.

The Autovu SharpZ3 system will not only be able to improve the accuracy of license plate reads in difficult environments (such as bad weather, heavy traffic, and fast speeds) but will also be able to instantly recognise additional analytics such as, vehicle type, colour, and more.

With future releases, the deep learning capabilities in the Autovu SharpZ3 will enable cities to use their ALPR equipped vehicles to address other operational issues such as detecting unpermitted road construction, discovering abandoned e-scooters or bikes in unauthorised zones, and more.

“AI is driving a powerful digital transformation in cities around the world – enabling them to be more efficient, livable and secure for their citizens. By pushing AI-powered devices and solutions to the edge, forward-thinking companies like Genetec are fulfilling the true promise of IoT in smart cities,” said Jonathan Ballon, Intel vice president and general manager, Internet of Things Group.

The Autovu Sharp Z3 system also features three optical sensors in the camera to provide additional analytics such as the precise positioning of detected objects, and a modular chassis to allow users to easily add new functionalities in the field without the complication and costs of hardware replacement.

The new Genetec Autovu Sharp Z3 system is expected to become available by early 2020.


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