Testing Geovision MP License Plate Camera

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 28, 2014

Capturing license plates is one of the most requested, and underserved areas, in IP cameras. The question comes up a lot, and there are not many purpose built options.

One of the few IP / MP License Plate Capture cameras is from Geovision, the GVLPR HybridCam. So we bought one and tested it.

In this report, we examine the physical construction, software configuration and fundamental performance of the camera during the day and at night at speeds up to ~40 MPH.

With this completed, our next report will match up the Geovision LPC camera against the Avigilon Integrated IR camera and the Samsung super low light camera in an LPC shootout to see if a dedicated camera like Geovision camera is needed or if 'regular' IP cameras can do the job. 

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