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OpenALPR license plate reading solution helps Watchtower Security reduce criminal activity
ST. LOUIS, MO (PRWEB) MAY 19, 2016
Watchtower Security, a leading provider of video surveillance as a service (VSaaS), has been providing innovative alternatives to traditional surveillance solutions to the multi-family housing industry for over a decade. What makes Watchtower unique is their cooperation with law enforcement officials when it comes to investigations on behalf of their clients. As a full service provider of managed security video, Watchtower not only installs and manages HD cameras and surveillance equipment, but also conducts forensic reviews for their clients, thus reducing the demands for on-site security staff and the overall time of an investigation.
After evaluating a number of LPR solutions on the market, Watchtower Security’s Director of Development, Bob Bischan decided on OpenALPR. “OpenALPR has been a great partner, not only is their LPR software very accurate, but they listened to our feedback and made modifications which resulted in better usability for our internal and external clients.”
OpenALPR has become an invaluable tool for Watchtower Security’s internal video analysis when a vehicle has been associated with a nuisance or criminal event. According to Bischan, “OpenALPR’s software has cut event processing time which requires fewer analysts to complete more event reviews on a weekly basis. What used to take three hours now takes one hour with OpenALPR.”
Watchtower’s team of forensic reviewers is often tasked with identifying vehicles and tracking them through areas covered by Watchtower Security cameras. “Using OpenALPR allows our team to search suspected vehicles with as little as one known license plate character in a matter of seconds.” stated Dillon Alexander, Head of the Forensic Review Department. “Once a vehicle’s involvement in an event has been confirmed, OpenALPR allows us to tag the plate and receive notifications from multiple checkpoint cameras throughout a region when that vehicle is detected.”
The results speak for themselves. Watchtower reports that auto theft and property crime has been reduced by 60% over the past year in one St. Louis apartment community because of their managed service offering and the OpenALPR solution. It has proven to help raise awareness of the presence of unwanted vehicles on client properties and lower the frequency of repeat offenders.
“Watchtower was one of our first customers and with over 100 cameras in their network they have proven that OpenALPR technology scales, saves time and can ultimately deter crime,” said Matt Hill, President of OpenALPR. “We have seen LPR moving into mainstream video surveillance over the past year and we are excited to be leading the next generation of LPR technology that is more accurate and more affordable.”