Genetec at IACP 2019
Booth # 5218
Chicago October 26-29, 2019
Genetec unveils next-generation mobile license plate recognition system with Intel® Movidius™ VPU technology for edge-based deep learning capabilities
Genetec AutoVu™ SharpZ3 goes beyond license plate identification and brings new levels of innovation in vehicle analytics, situational awareness, and accuracy
MONTRÉAL, October 22, 2019—Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence will unveil its next-generation mobile ALPR (automatic license plate recognition) system at IACP (Chicago, October 26-29 2019) on booth #5218. Powered by Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X VPU (Vision processing unit), the new Genetec AutoVu™ SharpZ3 is among the first specialized in-vehicle ALPR systems in the world to use Intel’s latest deep learning and computer vision technology. The deep learning capabilities in the AutoVu SharpZ3 system will enable advanced levels of innovation in in-vehicle analytics, situational awareness, and accuracy.
“With the AutoVu SharpZ3, vehicle-based ALPR technology is about to enter a new phase in its evolution, made possible by Intel’s high-performance, low-power, deep learning VPU. By bringing powerful deep learning processing into the device itself, we are no longer limited by the constraints of traditional computer vision techniques or server post-processing. The new AutoVu SharpZ3 system will enable cities and law enforcement organizations to go far beyond simple license plate character recognition,” said Stephan Kaiser, General Manager of AutoVu at Genetec.
The AutoVu SharpZ3 system will not only be able to improve the accuracy of license plate reads in difficult environments (such as bad weather, heavy traffic, and fast speeds) but will also be able to instantly recognize additional analytics such as vehicle type, color, and more.
With future releases, the deep learning capabilities in the AutoVu SharpZ3 will enable cities to use their ALPR equipped vehicles to address other operational issues such as detecting unpermitted road construction, discovering abandoned e-scooters or bikes in unauthorized zones, and more.
“AI is driving a powerful digital transformation in cities around the world – enabling them to be more efficient, livable and secure for their citizens. By pushing AI-powered devices and solutions to the edge, forward-thinking companies like Genetec are fulfilling the true promise of IoT in smart cities,” said Jonathan Ballon, Intel vice president and general manager, Internet of Things Group.
The AutoVu SharpZ3 system also features three optical sensors in the camera to provide additional analytics such as the precise positioning of detected objects, and a modular chassis to allow users to easily add new functionalities in the field without the complication and costs of hardware replacement.
The new Genetec AutoVu SharpZ3 system is expected to become available by early 2020. For more information, please visit the Genetec booth #5218 at IACP or visit www.genetec.com/SharpZ3.
Passport Advances Mobility Platform with NuPark Acquisition
Passport to combine NuPark’s license plate recognition (LPR)-based technology with its mobility platform and payments capabilities
Charlotte, N.C. (Oct. 9, 2018) — Passport today announced it has acquired NuPark, a leading parking management technology company. NuPark’s advanced LPR-based enterprise management solution for enforcement and permitting will help complement Passport’s strong base of mobile payment solutions to create a comprehensive mobility platform. Approximately 1 in 3 vehicles in the United States are processed through the combined system network, making Passport and NuPark leading players in the transportation industry. The NuPark combination brings Passport’s client count to over 550, and strengthens its ability to serve universities, hospitals and airports.
“With NuPark, we see an opportunity to create a differentiated offering for our clients, enabling them to further automate their operations under a single platform,” said Passport CEO, Bob Youakim. “Our technologies are very complementary, and we are aligned by a shared vision. We see this as a unique opportunity to fundamentally change the mobility space and the industry for the better.”
The transportation industry continues to experience tremendous changes at an unprecedented pace. Cities, universities and operators are facing an incredible amount of pressure to keep up with technological change. New modes of transportation are introduced quickly, and citizen expectations continue to increase. The proliferation of new technologies means that transportation administrators need to rely on software-based solutions more, in order to support all modes of transportation and to drive higher efficiencies among their own operations.
“This combination accelerates our ability to empower our customers with next generation management solutions,” said Kevin Uhlenhaker, NuPark CEO. “Our shared vision, to leverage technology to create a better customer experience and enable one-to-one connections, align perfectly. Ultimately our goal is to create transportation solutions that work and provide added value.”
The addition of NuPark enables Passport to better serve clients by offering an integrated suite of software solutions, backed by the industry’s strongest payments backbone, processing over $400M in transportation payments per year. From its very inception, Passport has brought cutting-edge solutions to parking, transit and tolling, and this acquisition will further help its expanding client base solve not only the challenges of today but also prepare for the ones of the future. “The NuPark acquisition will bring a passionate team of industry veterans with deep industry knowledge, to Passport’s client base. Both of our teams share a drive to create innovative technology-based solutions for our clients,” explained Youakim.
The NuPark acquisition is part of Passport’s broader strategy to rapidly bring innovation and solutions into the market. In the past year, the company has seen explosive growth through its investment in international expansion, new product development and M&A activity, which led to its Inc 5000 recognition as the fastest growing mobility company in North America.
Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 550 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines — parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management — enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Passport has been recognized as one of North America’s fastest growing companies on the Inc. 5000 list and a Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at passportinc.com.