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Automatic Number Plate Recognition

Making better use of ANPR

Stewart Rogers, Business Lead for ANPR 

It’s been over three decades since the first ANPR solution for policing was created by the UK’s Police Scientific Development Branch yet the global market is still growing strongly at around 13% a year.

The UK leads the world in the use of ANPR technology in policing but using it to capture licence plate details is not even scratching the surface when it comes to its potential. So how might police use ANPR better? 

Here’s a few examples:


Many ANPR systems can now read and record much more than number plates. Police can use them to not only capture suspicious vehicle activity but also for criminal patterns, supporting crime prevention and community safety. 


Using ANPR alongside penalty notice enforcement systems helps the police to identify a range of traffic offences such as speeding or running red lights. This information is passed to the penalty notice enforcement system, which automatically generates notices of intended prosecution. Giving the public secure access to the evidence from the cameras makes it easier for the police and public alike. 

Theft and fraud

The number of drivers on the road without tax or insurance papers would be impossible to track manually, let alone enforce. A fixed or car mounted ANPR camera linked to a vehicle database could immediately be cross checked against insurance databases as well as stolen vehicles.

Predictive policing

Real-time analysis can enable officers to predict criminal activity and intercept offenders prior to an incident taking place by using complex algorithms and analytical data.

Outside of policing, traffic management systems are becoming smarter by the day, with the integration of ANPR technology with traffic light and variable speed limit solutions keeping the road network running smoothly. It can also help automate toll payments and support innovative traffic trials, like the odd/even pilot in Delhi that was trialled to significantly reduce pollution by alternating access to the city depending on the vehicle's registration details.

It’s no surprise that the market for ANPR is growing so strongly, and within excess of 45 billion reads already in the UK national database it’s a source of big data that is supporting safer roads and communities and is likely to do a lot more.

Find out more about our ANPR software.

Isle of Man gets CONNECTed to revolutionary policing platform

  • IoM signs up five year contract for policing platform
  • Biggest investment in policing IT for a decade by the island

The Isle of Man Constabulary has signed a five year contract to use Northgate Public Services’ CONNECT, becoming the 13th force to sign up to the revolutionary policing platform.  

Due to go live on the island in 2017, the purchase is the constabulary’s largest investment in technology in over a decade, and radically improves efficiency across front line and back office staff, modernising processes and removing outdated paper-based approaches while freeing up officers from bureaucracy.

Chief Constable Gary Roberts said:

‘A safe island requires a modern, digitally-enabled police force. Having information at our fingertips when and where we need it will enable officers to spend as much time as possible in the communities we serve. The service enjoyed by the public will improve as a result.’

He added: ‘While recorded crime has fallen to its lowest level for 45 years, the challenges facing the Constabulary are growing in scale and complexity. The Island is no longer insulated from an ever more connected global society and officers must be equipped to deal with modern demands and sophisticated criminals. Our vision is to use technology to predict, respond to and ultimately to prevent crime.’

Ian Blackhurst, Executive Director at Northgate Public Services, said:

"Our CONNECT platform makes vital information available when and where it’s needed, cutting down on data entry and time-consuming searches. The Isle of Man Constabulary needed a robust, out of the box solution that could liberate their officers from unnecessary red tape and contribute to safer communities and we’re delighted to be supporting their vision for digitally-enabled policing.”

The constabulary is taking on four of the platform’s key components, CONNECT: Investigation, Intelligence, Case and Custody. These will be tailored to match the specific requirements of the Isle of Man, which varies from the UK and therefore requires different permissions and configurations.

News of the contract comes just days after Lancashire Constabulary became the first force to go live with the stand alone version of CONNECT. Around a quarter of the forces in England and Wales have now signed up for CONNECT. 

The CONNECT platform will help the Manx force:

•        Future-proof the police in an increasingly globalised and digitised world where new threats emerge daily;

•        Modernise police processes in line with proven best practice, including the removal of severely outdated paper based processes;

•        Ease compliance with the Management Of Police Information (MOPI) rules;

•        Improve the Isle of Man’s position in the UK policing family facilitating easier future support for the Police National Database (PND);

•        Deliver operational and administrative efficiencies through the use of an effective core police system;

•        Free up resource from repetitive administration tasks so they can perform more frontline policing functions;

•        Realise the value of intelligence by storing, accessing and using digital data in an effective manner;

•        Deliver meaningful mobile working for officers.