PIPS Technology’s LPR fits right on the top of squad cars.
Exactly one year ago in Utah, a Republican state senator introduced a bill that imposed new regulations on how license plate readers (LPRs) could be used in the Beehive State. That bill was signed into law on April 1, 2013.
As Ars has reported before, these scanners, which have been increasingly deployed in cities and towns across the US, can read, analyze, and store 60 plates per second. Typically, the LPR checks an unknown plate against a “hot list” of wanted or stolen vehicles. But the tricky part is that LPRs aren’t just looking for suspected bad guys.
They almost always record and retain the time, date, and precise location of every license plate scanned, often for years or longer.
While LPRs are most often used by law enforcement agencies, there are also private firms that engage in such data collection as well, creating their own private database which can be used for repossessing cars.
This data can also be shared with law enforcement.