Why use ANPR? To cover the costs of ANPR

March 7th, 2006 | by Andrew Ó Baoill |

Why introduce ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition)? Well, according to this rather muddled rationale, it should be used to defray the cost of the cameras introduced in order to operate the ANPR system. Think I’m joking?

He argues that automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology should be applied in new ways to help defray costs of cameras and to catch offenders. “One of the good things about ANPR is that people are often multiple offenders so it would provide useful intelligence,” he said. “Those responsible for 7/7 got to Luton station by car.”

Earlier catching people not wearing seatbelts is given as a use, presumably as a good way to make money from the system. Here we get money and scare-mongering mixed. Talk about a winning combination

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