Directory of 50+ LPR / ANPR Providers

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Feb 21, 2018

License Plate Recognition / Automatic Number Plate Recognition are a type of video analytics software that can identify and match license / number plates, without needing a human operator to read or lookup the plate.

There are a number of providers around the world. The goal of this directory is to provide a single listing of options available.

LPR vs LPC

License plate 'recognition' is different than license plate 'capture'. Since the terms are often used interchangeably, causing confusion, it is important to explain the difference.

  • License plate capture (LPC): 'Capture' refers to optimizing the camera to properly capture / record the license plate. It does not include automatically recognizing the plate. If the plate if only 'captured', this means that a human must check the plate.
  • License plate recognition (LPR): By contrast, 'recognition', properly used, means that software is immediately determining what the plate number is and often matching it against a watchlist of plates for alerts. Ergo, LPR requires LPC but LPC does not guarantee LPR.

LPR Differentiations

LPR offerings range from low cost all-in-one cameras, under $1,000 USD to $10,000+ USD systems. Key technical differentiations include:

  • Speed: LPR systems vary in their ability to handle faster moving vehicles, with higher speeds increasing difficulty and limiting support. Higher speeds are valuable for speed-trap cameras on highways/motorways and for differential travel capture by law enforcement (such as a police vehicle traveling in the opposite direction of captured vehicles).
  • Width of FoV / Multiple Lane Coverage: FOV width varies, typically from a single lane to a maximum of 4, depending on resolution, processing capability, etc.
  • Low Light Performance: Some low cost or add-on LPR systems can be used with cameras without IR, however performance (especially at night) is significantly reduced. Even among LPR systems using IR, the type and design of IR, whether it is pulsed or synced with the camera can impact performance.
  • Algorithm: LPR systems often use different algorithms, some may be more effective than others, some may be optimized for higher or lower resource utilization computing, impacting performance.
  • Country / region support: Different regions / countries have different layouts, sizes, and fonts. This requires the algorithm to be tuned for a specific area or region. Minimally, check to see if the LPR system desired claims to support your desired region.
  • Accuracy: This is affected by all of the elements above. One's tolerance for false matches and missed matches will impact selection as some LPR providers optimize for lower cost or simpler deployment over accuracy while others do the opposite.
  • Third Party Integration: Integration of LPR providers to third-party VMS is fairly rare (e.g., Genetec AutoVu does not integrate to Milestone, 3M does not integrate to Exacq, etc.). Integrations are often possible using XML, HTTP/TCP strings, or other methods, but these are rarely out of the box solutions and require custom integration. Depth of integration also can be an issue in terms of how many features are integrated.

LPR / ANPR

The following products and companies specialize in license plate recognition:

We will add any providers to the directory. For those we are missing, email us at info@ipvm.com or post in the comment below.

Other IPVM Directories

Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox
Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox

Directory Of 92 Video Analytics Suppliers

Directory Of 95 Video Management Software (VMS) Suppliers

Free VMS Software Directory

Directory of 17 VSaaS / Cloud Video Surveillance Providers

53

Comments (69) : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Imperial Capital Security Investor Conference 2018 Review - ADT, Resideo, Alarm.com, Arlo, Eagle Eye, ACRE, More on Dec 14, 2018
Imperial Capital Security Investor Conference is an event matching industry executives with financiers that frequently leads to future funding...
Cisco Meraki New Cameras and AI Analytics on Dec 14, 2018
Meraki has released their second generation of video surveillance with 3 new cameras, AI-based video analytics, and 2 cloud-based storage...
Huawei Hisilicon Quietly Powering Tens of Millions of Western IoT Devices on Dec 12, 2018
Huawei Hisilicon chips are powering, at least, tens of millions of Western IoT devices, such as IP cameras and surveillance recorders, a fact that...
FLIR Launches Body Cameras Unified With VMS (TruWitness) on Dec 11, 2018
While FLIR is best known for their thermal cameras, now they have expanded into body cameras, launching TruWITNESS, a public safety focused body...
Startup Sunflower Labs' Autonomous Drone Security System on Dec 11, 2018
Startup Sunflower Labs is claiming a unique design on a home security system, combining autonomous drones and 'Sunflower' sensors. Imagine an...
Top 2019 Trend - AI Video Analytics on Dec 10, 2018
160+ Integrators answered: What do you think the top industry trend will be in 2019? Why? AI / video analytics was the run-away winner with...
Ubiquiti $79 Flex IP Camera Tested on Dec 07, 2018
U.S. Manufacturer Ubiquiti has released a 1080p, integrated IR IP camera, selling it directly for $79, making this one of the least expensive IP...
Infinova's Xinjiang Business Examined on Dec 07, 2018
As pressure mounts for companies to stop doing business in China’s Xinjiang region amid a severe human rights crisis, IPVM has found Infinova sold...
VMS Live Monitoring Shootout - Avigilon, Dahua, Exacq, Genetec, Hikvision, Milestone, Network Optix on Dec 05, 2018
Viewing live video is the first interaction and most common task most users have with a VMS. Who does it best and worst? Who offers the most...
Fullerton Returns, Joins OpenEye on Dec 04, 2018
Eric Fullerton became one of the most famous people in the industry as the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Milestone as Milestone became the...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Imperial Capital Security Investor Conference 2018 Review - ADT, Resideo, Alarm.com, Arlo, Eagle Eye, ACRE, More on Dec 14, 2018
Imperial Capital Security Investor Conference is an event matching industry executives with financiers that frequently leads to future funding...
Cisco Meraki New Cameras and AI Analytics on Dec 14, 2018
Meraki has released their second generation of video surveillance with 3 new cameras, AI-based video analytics, and 2 cloud-based storage...
Foolish Strategy: OEMing Facial Recognition on Dec 13, 2018
Almost as 'hot' as face recognition marketing right now is OEMing facial recognition. Last year, they were a who's who of company's with...
DVR Examiner - Video Recovery from Recorder Hard Drives on Dec 13, 2018
Bypassing passwords and long download times on-site, DVR Examiner collects and organizes video evidence directly from a hard drive extracted from...
2019 Access Control Book Released on Dec 12, 2018
This is the best, most comprehensive access control book in the world, based on our unprecedented research and testing has been significantly...
Huawei Hisilicon Quietly Powering Tens of Millions of Western IoT Devices on Dec 12, 2018
Huawei Hisilicon chips are powering, at least, tens of millions of Western IoT devices, such as IP cameras and surveillance recorders, a fact that...
FLIR Launches Body Cameras Unified With VMS (TruWitness) on Dec 11, 2018
While FLIR is best known for their thermal cameras, now they have expanded into body cameras, launching TruWITNESS, a public safety focused body...
Startup Sunflower Labs' Autonomous Drone Security System on Dec 11, 2018
Startup Sunflower Labs is claiming a unique design on a home security system, combining autonomous drones and 'Sunflower' sensors. Imagine an...
The 2019 Video Surveillance Industry Guide on Dec 10, 2018
The 300 page, 2019 Video Surveillance Industry Guide, covers the key events and the future of the video surveillance market, is now available,...
Multi-Factor Access Control Authentication Guide on Dec 10, 2018
Can a stranger use your credentials? One of the oldest problems facing access control is making credentials as easy to use as keys, but restricting...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact