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Genetec License Plate Camera Can Control Parking Lot Gates

Genetec's AutoVu Sharp VGA can help automate parking enforcement and provide evidence after security incidents.

Security vendor Genetec has released a new license plate recognition camera designed specifically to capture the plates of cars entering or leaving a parking lot. The company said the camera is well suited for use in environments where vehicles are moving at moderate speeds and where the view of the vehicle plate is well defined, such as at a gated entrance.

AutoVu Sharp VGA, like another of Genetec's products, the Sharp XGA, includes on-board analytics processing; however, the VGA camera has a lower price.

When integrated with Genetec's IP-based security system, Security Center, the camera's operations can be used for access control, allowing specific vehicles to automatically open the gate or, likewise, alerting operators when a specific vehicle tries to gain entry. Security Center provides a single console for managing license plate recognition, video surveillance, and access control.

"More and more facilities like to know who is accessing their premises, and want to take different actions accordingly, and fixed [license plate recognition] is a very convenient way to do so at all hours of the day," said Senior Product Manager Chris Yigit.

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