Monday, May 30, 2011

Innovations come in other than anticipated areas of use

The imaging technology for license plate scanning was conceived primarily as a counterterrorism tool, but it is now used in other applications.

See Camera Scans of Car Plates Are Reshaping Police Inquiries

License Plate Scanners Locate Vehicle Sought After Hit and Run : Then, at 10:15 p.m. on Friday, one of the city’s roughly 240 license plate readers spotted the BMW from inside a police car on East 79th Street between First and Second Avenues, Mr. Browne said. An alarm went off, and officers pulled over the car.


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