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How can the Police integrate an ID and ALPR scanner into an App

Alexander Loidolt

SVP Enterprise Business at Anyline

May 09, 2022

In recent years, law enforcement agencies around the country have been increasingly using license plate and ID scanning technologies to complete important work. This is especially true in terms of speed camera stems for cars, as well as scanner hardware for document identification purposes.

Today, the work of law enforcement officers is going through a digital transformation in the best possible way – one that allows them to gather critical data anywhere, at any time, and on virtually any device they happen to be using. One example? The apps for police and law enforcement. Rest assured, this is a huge benefit to keeping our communities safe for us all.

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How are Police Forces Using ID and APLR Scanners Today?

Law enforcement agencies are using APLR license plate scanners in particular that are built to integrate with other scanning technologies. All of this comes together by way of a mounted camera, which is then positioned to constantly monitor specific sections of roadways.

Along the same lines, ID scanners can be used to cross-check someone’s ID against any outstanding warrants or bans that they may have. This can be done by integrating with the law enforcement agency’s internal systems, giving an officer someone’s name, date of birth and other critical information in a matter of seconds.

Example: How Law Enforcement in Germany are Using Mobile ID and APLR Scanning

One great example of the potential of mobile ID and APLR scanning comes by way of law enforcement in Germany. The North-Rhine Westphalia Police is the single largest force in the country with over 50,000 officers strong. To say that the need to share data among a force this large is critical is an understatement – but that doesn’t make it easy.

NRW set about developing an accurate, fast and secure mobile scanning app a few years ago – one that would let officers gather data while on-the-go. They partnered with the team at Anyline to accomplish precisely that, and they ended up with a solution that allows officers to use their own smartphones to scan all the data they need. It uses optical character recognition (OCR) and other technologies to scan quickly, easily and accurately – exactly as it should be.

All told, the solution was incredibly effective for the German police force – giving them an opportunity to leverage the power of modern technology to their advantage with as few of the potential downsides as possible. The quality of the data being acquired was incomparably better than what they had been previously using, which was a solution that manually transmitted information via radio waves. That particular solution created a situation where mistakes were common at the worst possible time.

These types of issues – like less names or information being recorded incorrectly – have all been resolved thanks to mobile apps for police officers like those developed by the team at Anyline.

To find out more information about the benefits of ID and ALPR scanners for law enforcement, or to get answers to any other questions you may have, don’t hesitate to contact us today.