Tattile: Smart camera traffic surveillance for anti-terrorism measures in Belgium
As a consequence of the terrorist attacks which shocked Paris and the whole world in 2015, the Federal Government in Belgium approved an anti-terrorism plan to ensure safety in everyday life for the Belgian population. Among the measures defined one of the most important action to put in place was the installation of an advanced video surveillance system using new and mature technologies for various applications, including automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) for use in the road system.
The main requirements set by the authorities for such ANPR (ALPR) technology were a robust high reading performance in all weather and light conditions as well as advanced capabilities for vehicle recognition analytics within the system. At the end of the evaluation process the federal police in Belgium chose the smart ANPR camera system Vega Smart 2HD from Tattile for all automatic number plate recognition processes along motorways and cities across the country. Up to now, more than 500 Tattile ANPR cameras have been deployed.
In practice, the license plate software of the Vega Smart 2HD traffic surveillance cameras read the license plates of all vehicles that transit the camera positions. These license plate data are matched continuously with the national vehicle database. In addition, the Vega Smart 2HD on-board intelligence also enables to recognize vehicle features independently from the plate number. The integrated smart vehicle recognition algorithm allows triggering and sending alarms in case a specific vehicle passes under the camera and helps solving specific situation when automatic number plate recognition is not enough, such as when police forces only know the brand and colour of a wanted vehicle or criminals keep the same vehicle but change the license plate.