SNIPR uses ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology to recognise number plates. This technlogy relies on strategically placed cameras in places like neighbourhoods, complexes, shopping malls, airport car parks etc.
The ANPR system records number plates passing through a pre-determined area. SNIPR, is connected to the Law Enforcement database of suspicious vehicles as well as many other sources. These sources can be existing databases of vehicles, live camera feeds, handheld devices and so forth.
Because the feed is live, the action is immediate. A vehicle with a number plate that raises an alarm can be prevented from entering an estate or business premises. The technology helps make neighbourhoods safer by avoiding the endangerment of innocent people. By using the technology effectively authorities can prevent suspicious vehicles and people from entering premises until they are confronted by the police or
a security team.
Once a number plate is received by the SNIPR server, it is compared to the plates on file and on the Law Enforcement database. If it turns out to be a suspicious vehicle, the security teams at estates (or shopping malls, business campuses or anywhere there is a constant flow of vehicles), can be prompted to take the relevant action.
SNIPR can be used with different cameras and surveillance systems, it does not require users to buy special equipment. It can also be used with a management system (like GateBook) that provides step-by-step instructions on what process must be followed when a suspicious number plate is recognised.