With the growing terror threat and rise in active shooter incidents, US cities are continuously in search of innovative technologies to curb public safety threats. On Friday, PlateSmart Technologies announced that the company will provide its ARES Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) solution for New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)’s Bridges and Tunnels.
The deployment of PlateSmart’s ALPR technology is part of a project with Schneider Electric, a key integration partner of PlateSmart whose technology was selected by MTA as the ALPR solution for the project.
“PlateSmart and ARES are a natural fit for New York, and I’m extremely proud that we are able to serve this great city that I called home for many years. In many ways, New York was my inspiration to start PlateSmart,” said PlateSmart CEO John Chigos. “After 9/11, I made it my mission to find a way to help ensure that we never saw a repeat of that terrible day. The recent attacks in Brussels only highlight the necessity of doing everything we can to keep terrorism from our shores.”
“So for me, this represents an important step toward the fulfillment of long-held goals,” Chigos added. “I’m especially proud that we were able to work with Schneider Electric to realize this vision.”
ARES, PlateSmart’s enterprise ALPR-based analytic solution, provides real-time actionable intelligence to law enforcement by identifying and tracking license plate numbers, state jurisdictions, and vehicle make, color, and type. Law enforcement can check this data against criminal and terrorist databases, enabling them to quickly flag suspicious vehicles.
The company believes solutions like ARES allow for a proactive approach for identifying and tracking terrorist perpetrators, helping law enforcement to stop criminals before they act.