“Police officers currently have to enter license plate numbers manually into their system to see if there is anything they should be aware of about the car or its driver. This new device will scan all of the license plates in the immediate area and instantly alert them if there is reason to stop a certain vehicle,” explains senior officer Timo Vihervaara.
 “The idea is to use a normal video camera to capture an image. When the image shows a license plate, the computer identifies it, compares it with the police register, and informs the officers if the car has missed its yearly inspection, if vehicle taxes haven’t been paid or if it has possibly been stolen.”
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Via Stefan Constantine