Police take the Appian way

Buckinghamshire-based Appian Technology has won two contracts worth a total £410,000 with UK police forces for its Automatic Number Plate Recognition systems (ANPR).

The first is a £260,000 order to install Appian’s ANPR technology at a number of strategic fixed sites in the south of England, Appian’s third major contract from this customer. The technology will be used for crime reduction and counter terrorism initiatives.

The ANPR system will comprise Appian’s Cobra ANPR cameras, connected to roadside computers running Talon ANPR recognition software. Integral to the system will be a wireless system to transmit the data back to a central monitoring point. The contract involves the design, supply, installation and ongoing maintenance of the system. A total of 22 lanes of traffic will be monitored, with real time checking of number plates against police databases.

The second is a £150,000 order for a fixed site ANPR system for a major city police force in the north of England. Appian’s Talon ANPR system is to be used to protect critical civil infrastructure. The system will be capable of processing in excess of one million vehicle plates per day, providing intelligence to various agencies.