Portable automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are being deployed on Royal Air Force bases across the UK, in a move to detect and deter unsafe driving and riding and improve road safety.
The technology is being supplied by the vehicle-activated signs company Westcotec, following two years of development work and liaison between Westcotec’s technicians and the RAF Police, who are responsible for compliance with speed limits and wider road safety issues on RAF bases.
Westcotec says its fully portable ANPR system has shown itself to be ‘extremely efficient in reducing speeds’, both on public roads and private sites. The unit can be battery powered, giving it the ability to be moved around multiple locations to obtain maximum benefit and coverage.
Number plate images are stored securely on the ANPR unit, which uses its own wi-fi to connect securely to a laptop, from where images can be accessed through Westcotec’s dedicated viewing software.
Olly Samways, Westcotec head of sales, said: “We know the RAF takes safety very seriously, including the safety of those who use the roads on its bases.
“Our ANPR camera systems should prove key in working towards the RAF’s goal of achieving 100% compliance with speed limits.”
Based in Dereham in Norfolk, Westcotec specialises in vehicle-activated signs. The company manufactures a range of products and develops new technology, all designed to ‘help keep people safe on the roads’.