Testing Messoa 3MP LPC Camera

By Derek Ward, Published Apr 02, 2015, 12:00am EDT

License plate recognition has historically required specialized cameras with limited general surveillance use.

Messoa is aiming to change that with the LPR606 [link no longer available], a higher resolution 3MP claiming scene overview and capture in the same camera.

We tested the Messoa camera as part of our Milestone LPR test, looking for these key issues:

  • Does the LPR606 reliably capture plates out of the box?
  • How did performance vary from day to night?
  • How well did it integrate with popular VMSes?
  • Can it really capture overview and plates in a single camera?

Below are excerpts from our test:

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Image ********

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Performance **** *** ********

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Comments (2)

Thanks Derek,

the right test at the right time - at least for me. I personally saw Messoa a couple of times used in LPC/LPR applications. Looks like, there is a good reason for it.

This is my take on this: Just about any camera can capture license plates in daylight under good lighting conditions and act as it's own overview camera. So then only benefit this could offer is "what can it do at night?" As the tests show, it does do a good job of capturing tags at night. But not enough to act as an overview camera, too.

So the only real standout to me in this is the high pixel count which would allow for great distances or covering more lanes than most other tag cameras. And for it's price, and that it's actually IP and POE powered (without need of an injector), I think it's pretty darn good.

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