from Humans Are Free:
Forget everything you have ever heard about police license plate readers and public safety, because it is all a lie.
Three major Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) companies have created a mind-boggling database of 14 billion license plates that allows law enforcement to track anyone in real-time.
The Digital Recognition Network (DRN) has a database of over 8 billion license plates and boasts about sending customers (law enforcement) live vehicle location alerts.
“If you think there is nothing you can do to automatically detect vehicles, think again. DRN’s Live Alerts, part of the DRNsights for Insurance solution, uses vehicle location data gathered from over 8 billion nationwide sightings plus the 160,000 million gathered each month, to provide alerts when vehicles are detected.”
Vigilant Solutions webpage has a database of over 5 billion license plates and collects a little less than DRN daily.
“We are the only ALPR provider that can offer over 5 billion nationwide detections and over 150 million more added monthly.”
Vigilant Solutions also offers customers (law enforcement) a “Mobile Hit Hunter” or hotlist feature, that tracks vehicles in real-time.
ICE uses ALPR’s and local law enforcement to track people in real-time
According to a recent NY Times article, ICE with help from law enforcement uses ALPR’s to track “hotlisted” people or people of interest in real-time.
“The agency relies on state D.M.V. databases and information products like CLEAR. It shows how the Real ID Act of 2005, along with funding from the DHS and help from umbrella groups like the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, has laid the groundwork for real-time, real-world monitoring of American residents. ”
ICE and police rely on Vigilant Solutions ALPR’s to send them immediate iPhone alerts whenever a [hotlisted] target is scanned by a camera in their network.
“Perhaps the days the officers sat at the side of the road and watched traffic pass, perhaps the days they cruised parking lots outside restaurants or seafood processors or apartment buildings, perhaps the days they saw drivers they decided looked foreign, the searches followed the telltale pattern of a fishing expedition: plate, plate, plate, plate, plate, plate, plate, plate.”
As I reported last month, Rekor Systems has a massive 30 state real-time license plate database that collects 150 million license plates every month.
But Rekor Systems does something the other ALPR companies do not. They can send law enforcement detailed descriptions of any vehicle in real-time.
“Our software upgrades any IP, traffic, or surveillance camera into a vehicle recognition solution that can be used for realtime alerting of license plates. Not only does the software read a license plate number, but it also provides vehicle type, make, and color, something the competitors cannot do.”
Rekor Systems, which is also being used by 69 countries, likely has a database of billions of people’s license plates.
Combined, these three companies alone have easily collected more than 14 billion license plates.
But why stop there? There must be other ALPR companies adding to this massive police license plate database, right?