Motorola Solutions has been awarded a $17.5 million deal for the installation of number plate recognition technology on Victoria Police's highway patrol cars.
The five-year deal will provide a cloud-based solution that allows for fast scanning of thousands of vehicle number plates in real-time helping the police detect stolen and unregistered vehicles.
The technology will be deployed across 220 highway patrol vehicles.
According to Motorola Solutions, the technology will be able to taking footage that can be submitted as evidence in a court.
“By combining ANPR [Automatic Number Plate Recognition] detection with in-car video, this solution will provide high quality visual and audio corroboration of incidents and offences witnessed by police,” said Steve Crutchfield, vice president and managing director at Motorola Solutions.
“Solutions like this have been proven to increase accountability and even make individuals modify their behaviour when they know they are being filmed, contributing to greater safety for all road users and police officers.”
The number plate technology is part of a $43.8 million investment from the Government, which is expected to significantly boost Victoria Police’s capacity to target dangerous drivers and unregistered vehicles.
The new technology will be progressively fitted across the entire Highway Patrol fleet of 221 vehicles by March 2021.
“This will not only make our roads safer, it will also help protect our police officers while they’re carrying out their duties of enforcing the law and keeping Victorian motorists safe,” minister for police Lisa Neville said.
This is not the first time Motorola Solutions has worked with Victoria Police. In 2017 it won a $58.3 million contract to deploy a fleet of 10,000 Apple devices to the force.
The five-year contract, which can be extended to 11 years, started in November 2017 with 59 devices delivered to officers from Transit police and Protective Services in the Werribee area of Melbourne’s outer western suburbs.
The project, which was expected to have its start in the middle of 2017 was delayed to the end of the year.
The deal counts on Optus, responsible for the provision of the carrier network solution to enable connectivity,CompNow, who is in charge of the supply of the Apple devices, logistics and device repair services and Motorola's Gridstone.