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Genetec debuts new SharpV ALPR cameras


August 11, 2021
By SP&T Staff

Genetec announced the next generation of its AutoVu SharpV ALPR (automatic license plate recognition) camera.

This new version is built to deliver machine learning-based ALPR and vehicle analytics on the edge. Designed for fixed ALPR installations, the new SharpV can be up and running in minutes, according to the company, due to multiple features like embedded 4G/LTE/ GPS and motorized lenses with zoom and auto-focus. It is suited for a range of applications, such as monitoring entries and exits, capturing licence plates at high speed on city streets and highways, managing off-street parking lots and facilities, as well as covering major city access points for wanted vehicles.

With built-in illuminators, global shutter, and high-resolution sensors, the SharpV provides greater than Full HD images at all times: day or night, in slow local traffic, or on fast highways. Featuring ultra-wide sensors, the updated SharpV can capture licence plates across two lanes of traffic with no loss in accuracy.

Featuring AutoVu MLC, an onboard machine-learning-based ALPR engine, the new generation of SharpV comes with a full suite of advanced vehicle analytics that includes vehicle classification, colour recognition, travel speed estimation, and direction tracking. Genetec says new vehicle characteristics and behavior analytics will be introduced in the future.

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“ALPR is an essential part of many organizations’ toolkits. It can be used to gather operational and investigational insights to help solve crimes, enforce parking regulations, and track traffic patterns in dense urban environments,” said Stephane Varin, product manager, AutoVu, Genetec, in a statement. “The new SharpV is easier to deploy, can cover a wider field of view, and provides more data about vehicle identification and behaviour.”