Performing LPR at the Edge

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platesmart partners with vista networking solutions new lpr appliance

PlateSmart Partners with ViSTA Networking Solutions on New LPR Appliance

Art Aiello, Marketing Manager |
813-749-0892, x. 1015

Graham Joys |

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OLDSMAR, Fla. — Nov. 20, 2019 — Many license plate recognition (LPR) installations require only a few cameras. Such applications are often easier and more cost-effective to implement by performing LPR at the camera rather than at a centralized server. For those reasons, PlateSmart has partnered with IP video specialist ViSTA Networking Solutions (VNS) to make PlateSmart ARES® LPR solutions available on VNS’s new V7300 Series LPR appliance.

“Applications that use only a few IP cameras placed relatively close together are ideal for our partnership with VNS,” said Webb Wang, chief technology officer, PlateSmart. “These include site access control and ingress/egress vehicle monitoring. The hardware can be mounted outside, the LPR occurs automatically, and customer personnel can perform all the LPR monitoring and reporting from an office or guard station.”

The PlateSmart-enabled V7300 LPR appliance is specifically engineered for LPR operations at the network edge. The solution contains computing, network connectivity, remote maintenance capability, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) for cameras, and pre-installed PlateSmart ARES LPR software. The appliance’s custom-designed aluminum enclosure is NEMA 3R-rated and can be mounted externally on a wall or pole adjacent to the camera(s). The V7300 LPR appliance supports up to four IP cameras of the customer’s choosing, which are connected to the box via Cat 6 Ethernet cables at pre-wired ports. This allows the cameras to be installed up to 100 m from the appliance.

Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or LTE options are available to connect the PlateSmart ARES LPR solution to the customer network. This allows customer personnel to perform all software administration as well as access PlateSmart ARES Viewer, which allows real-time monitoring, and PlateSmart ARES Reporter for more detailed reporting of vehicle data.

“Adding LPR functionality to our products is a natural extension of what they were originally designed to do: process video from IP cameras,” said Graham Joys, president, VNS. “Now with the V7300 LPR appliance, customers will have a complete PlateSmart LPR solution combining installation ease, flexibility, and low total cost of ownership.”

Thanks to AI and deep machine learning, PlateSmart ARES is able to extract not only the plate and its state jurisdiction but also the vehicle color and make. Vehicle orientation and type will be available soon. This gives customers more actionable vehicle data.

Users can also create permit lists and hotlists. Permit lists contain plates for vehicles allowed on the property, such as those for employees or authorized customers. Hotlists contain high-priority plates, such as those of potential criminals, disgruntled former employees, etc., for which the user should be on the lookout. Both can be configured to generate automatic alerts so that security personnel can take action, if necessary.

The PlateSmart Enabled V7300 LPR Appliance is targeted for availability in December 2019.

For more information about the VNS V7300 Series, visit or email

About PlateSmart®

PlateSmart Technologies developed the original software-only license plate recognition (LPR) solution, PlateSmart ARES®, which is compatible with virtually all video management systems (VMS) and IP cameras. Designed to function as a stand-alone tool or integrate with third-party software and hardware, PlateSmart ARES provides near-real-time actionable vehicle intelligence for complete situational awareness. The software offers true object recognition instead of simple optical character recognition (OCR), which allows it to read the plate as well as the state jurisdiction and vehicle make. PlateSmart has earned multiple industry awards for excellence in security technology.

About ViSTA Networking Solutions

For over 15 years, VNS has been designing and building IP Video Systems to address the unique requirements of next-generation surveillance systems. Our Network Video Recorders are manufactured for the rigors of constant real-time video processing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. From Embedded to Enterprise applications, VNS has a solution to meet any surveillance need. More information can be found on the company’s website:

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release may contain forward-looking statements and/or predictions. These statements are based on history, current knowledge, and current market conditions. They are subject to change without notice as conditions and knowledge change; therefore, undue reliance should not be placed on such statements.

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