PIPS Technology, in association with Datinfor, a Portuguese IT Systems Integrator, has supplied the Portuguese government with two automatic number plate recognition systems (ANPR) for projects aimed at combating carjacking, identifying stolen vehicles and supporting security forces in their operational activities.
The ‘Polícia Automático’ project was funded by the Portuguese Association of Insurers (ASP) through the Portuguese Ministry of the Interior and consisted of 17 PIPS ANPR Graphic Interface Systems (PAGIS) software, P362 ANPR cameras and BOSS (Back Office System Software). The project was initially aimed at tackling carjacking crimes in Lisbon and Porto but it is also tracking down stolen, uninsured and untaxed vehicles across Portugal as well as any situations detected by the licence plate that appear to be illegal or irregular.
The second project is named ‘Algarve Seguro’ and consists of a further seven PAGIS systems to monitor criminal activity in the Algarve. Each of the 24 PAGIS systems have been installed in police vehicles which are operated by the Portuguese Republican National Guard (GNR) and Public Security Police Force of Macau (PSP). The PIPS system allows each police vehicle to connect to a central database providing users with real-time information about any of the other vehicles on the road.
The PAGIS system has been chosen for use in both projects as it has a proven history in police operations and is a previous winner of the Association of Police and Public Suppliers Award for Innovation in the UK. PIPS P362 camera is an industry leading ANPR camera.