Siemens wins major ALPR camera order for Austrian logistics hub


After an extensive period of trials, Siemens ITS (Formerly Siemens UK), has won a major order for its Sicore automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) cameras, which will be deployed by an un-named international freight and logistics company.

The order for 175 Sicore ALPR cameras has been placed with Siemens ITS by 7iD, an Austrian system integration company based in Graz. The contract follows more than seven months of trials, including a technical proof of concept against a number of competitors in the market where Siemens’s ALPR performance, in both detection and read rate, tested successfully. The cameras will be installed into a logistics environment as part of a larger project, which also involves the installation of radio frequency identification (RFID) devices supplied by the Siemens Process Industries and Drives Division.

According to David Montgomery, global sales manager for enforcement systems at Siemens ITS, the customer, an international logistics operating company, will benefit from correlated ALPR and RFID data of its approaching vehicles, reducing wait times for drivers upon arrival at their logistics facilities before they are directed to their waiting / loading / unloading bay. Delivery of the ALPR and RFID products to the customer will begin in February, with the deliveries expected to be concluded before the end of September.

Montgomery noted, “The reduced wait times are significant at the peak times of the inbound / outbound traffic from the sites, with savings being expected from reduced fuel costs caused by [less]queuing, and greater utilization of both their vehicle fleet and their logistics hubs, as the dock and yard management processes become more effective.”

Siemens Sicore ALPR cameras have been deployed around the globe for a variety of applications including average speed enforcement, access control, border control, journey time monitoring, dangerous goods detection, security, tolling, tolling enforcement, and policing.

Sicore is a fully integrated ALPR camera designed for traffic management and control applications. With camera, illuminator, processor and modem integrated in a single rugged enclosure, Sicore automatically captures any number plate from vehicles travelling in both directions.

Using technology originally developed for character recognition in postal sorting machines, Siemens’s integrated ALPR engine attains maximum read rates at vehicle speeds up to 124mph (200km/h).

Special algorithms enable the system to accurately recognize number plates from many different countries without manual review, reducing the need for post-processing effort in enforcement solutions. This high performance level is available throughout the day and night with the intelligent infrared (IR) illuminator providing optimum illumination of the wide detection zone.

The entire Siemens Enforcement Solutions portfolio will be on display at the Traffex 2017 show, which is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, on April 4-6.

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