Pelco by Schneider Electric (www.pelco.com), a multi-national leader in video surveillance and security technology, has selected Florida-based PlateSmart Technologies (www.platesmart.com) to join their Partner First Program as a provider of integrated License Plate Recognition (LPR) software-only solutions. To date, PlateSmart is the only LPR provider working directly with the Pelco Sarix® offering of IP cameras.
PlateSmart, a dba of Cyclops Technologies, Inc., set out in 2004 to revolutionize LPR. Cyclops founder and CEO John Chigos, recognized as a leading industry authority, had several critical goals in mind for this enterprise: he wanted to prevent officers from being killed when making roadside stops; he wanted to develop a product that could assist in finding abducted children and bringing them home before they were given Amber Alert status, which Chigos calls "a death sentence"; and finally and most crucially, he wanted to create a product that would serve as a first line of defense in the fight against terrorism.
PlateSmart is now the first company in the world to develop a software-only LPR solution. Operating on the Microsoft Windows platform, PlateSmart is compatible with any and all mobile and fixed-location video cameras, ranging from older analog units to state-of-the-art IP cameras. This universal compatibility sets PlateSmart apart from its LPR predecessors, which required expensive and complicated specialty hardware in order to function. Because it is software-only and open-architecture, the PlateSmart system can run as a stand-alone program or be easily integrated into existing hardware and software packages via its SDK module. Also, unlike its predecessors, PlateSmart is designed to recognize and read all of the various state license plates and jurisdictions in the U.S. Many in the industry have called PlateSmart a "category killer" and have predicted that it will become the market brand leader in the near future.
Pelco will soon deploy PlateSmart on its California campus and in South America as it continues testing of the LPR software with its various camera lines. At the same time, the two companies are preparing to jointly publish a white paper detailing the uniquely successful pairing of the PlateSmart software and Pelco's Sarix® line of cameras.
"We're very excited about our partnership with Pelco," says Chigos. "Fighting crime is even tougher with terrorism thrown into the mix. The combination of PlateSmart software and Pelco cameras is an unbeatable weapon against all that, because 75% of all nationwide crime is linked to a license plate. It's a total win-win."
"We are pleased to welcome PlateSmart to our Partner First Program with the integration of our Sarix® IP camera offering," says Jeremy Hoyos, Integration Business Development Manager for Pelco by Schneider Electric. "The ability to combine LPR utilizing our high-quality Sarix® IP cameras provides an outstanding solution to our mutual customers, which again demonstrates our commitment to openness and to providing the joint solutions our customers are asking for."
Cyclops Technologies, Inc. is a privately-owned company located in Oldsmar, Florida. Founded in 2004, it is the exclusive manufacturer of PlateSmart, the world's first software-only LPR solution. The company's staff consists of mathematicians, video engineers, attorneys, software developers, IT specialists, and former law enforcement personnel.
Pelco by Schneider Electric is headquartered in Clovis, California. Founded in 1957, the company is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of video security systems, including high-definition and IP fixed, dome and integrated positioning camera systems; next-generation video management and software-only solutions; video matrix systems; full HD displays and more. Pelco is a subsidiary of Schneider Electric (OTN:SGBSF).
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John Chigos, CEO
M. Kathleen Chigos, President, 813-749-0892
Pelco by Schneider Electric
Jeremy Hoyos, 800-289-9100
Integration Business Development Manager