National ANPR Stratergy

These are are some highlights on the ANPR Strategy 2005 to 2008 from ACPO, the full report is at the bottom of this post.

  • ANPR was designed/restricted for terrorsim, but will now be used for everything from fixed pentalty tickets upwards.
  • ANPR should be paid for by fixed penalty tickets, and hence will be used more in that way.
  • ANPR is to be run nationally in the UK, reading from multiple databases, and allowing police (and presumably other agencies) to read the records of the ANPRs around the country. This will provide a complete track of vehicles around the country.
  • The aim is to have over 50 milion ANPR reads a day.

Below are extracts from the actual report.

“The British Police Service are world leaders in the application of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, a technology that was itself invented in the United Kingdom. Whilst use of ANPR technology in its first twenty years was largely restricted to counter terrorism purposes, there has been significant development in the use of ANPR in a wider policing environment in recent years.

Funding and Targets

” Continuing to seek funding to assist the development and roll out of ANPR, such as the recent SR 2004 funding (see appendix 1, para 11 )

· Working with central and regional government to encourage forces to agree with local partners appropriate use of partnership funds, such as the Safer Stronger Communities Fund, to support ANPR activity in achieving Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership targets.

· Encouraging Police Forces to undertake ANPR activity as an integral part of mainstream policing activity, ultimately to be funded from core capital and revenue budgets (see appendix 1, para 12 )

· Working with HMIC to ensure a greater proportion of ANPR activity will count toward Force Efficiency Plan targets (see appendix 1, para 13 )

· Support all Forces in introducing the hypothecation of ANPR related Fixed Penalty Notice income under Project Laser 3″

National Infrastructe

• Establishing a national ANPR camera and reader infrastructure utilising police, local authority, Highways Agency, other partner and commercial sector cameras (see appendix 1, para 18 )
• Establishing the National ANPR Data Centre (NADC) to hold all ANPR hotlists and reads on a national basis

Increase Monitoring via different databases

• Working to improve the quality and timeliness of intelligence databases feeding into ANPR systems and develop links to further databases at national and Force levels

Key Targets – 50 millon reads per day

National multi-agency ANPR Programme Board established

January 2005

Cross Governmental National ANPR Strategy agreed by Ministers

February 2005

ANPR Strategy for the Police Service agreed by ACPO Cabinet

February 2005

Dartford River Crossing ANPR systems go live

February 2005

Revised National ACPO ANPR Standards published

February 2005

Roll out of BOF II to Forces begins

March 2005

Second National ACPO ANPR Conference

March 2005

Details of Forces SR 2004 bids agreed by PSU

March 2005

DVLA data distributed electronically to forces

March 2005

Revised PSU National ANPR data collection template agreed

March 2005

Launch of Project Laser 3 (all forces)

April 2005

ACPO ANPR Co-ordination Team to include intelligence Expert

April 2005

HMIC inspection protocol for ANPR agreed

April 2005

Vehicle intelligence awareness campaign launched

April 2005

Specialist ANPR training packages agreed

April 2005

First National mapping of ANPR camera sites

Spring 2005

Motor insurance database available for ANPR

Summer 2005

DVLA CJX accredited

Summer 2005

Piloting of Airwave with real time ANPR checks

Summer 2005

New legislation to enable ANPR activity implemented

Summer 2005

Mobile fingerprint equipment available to forces for purchase

Autumn 2005

Further SR2004 bid result

Autumn 2005

All forces to have at least one dedicated ANPR intercept team

October 2005

National ANPR Data Centre complete (to 35million reads per day)

March 2006

SR2004 money for 2005/06 spend complete

March 2006

All forces to have introduced schemes for seizure of untaxed and

Uninsured vehicles

March 2006

Review of ANPR Strategy

March 2006

Disqualified driving and drink driving become part of OBTJ

April 2006

Extension of NADC to 50 million reads

March 2008

ANPR intercept teams extended to equivalent of one per BCU

April 2008

ANPR Startergy 2005 to 2008


More companies profit from ANPR

While the hardware industry of CCTV recording, and the software industry of reading the images collected by CCTV, have been working with the goverment for a long time on ANPR, new group of software companies are now working in the industry.

i2, a company that produces software for building patterns and making connections between people, through phone numbers, credit card recods, email addresses, etc, has now produced software to work with ANPR.

This software will link in with i2’s other database products allowing police and businesses a like to keep track of the criminal, citizens and employees far more effectively. It would be interesting to know if i2 was provided with a substantial amount of data from goverment ANPR cameras in order to build and test the latest database software.

“i2 is unlocking the full potential of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) data gathered by cameras across the country.

ANPR data led to more than 20,000 vehicle seizures and 18,000 arrests in 2006 and has firmly established itself as a valuable tool to the UK’s police forces. However, the significance of the gathered information could be far greater.”

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Met and TFL get ANPR and excempt from DPA

Date: 17 July 2007

Transport for London and the Met Police not only use ANPR but are now exempt from certain parts of the Data Protection act, after the Home Secretary (Jacqui Smith as the time), signed a certificate to exempt them.

The Minister of State, Home Department (Mr. Tony McNulty): I would like to inform the House that my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has signed a certificate to exempt Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) from certain provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 to facilitate the bulk transfer of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) data from TfL to the MPS. The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police believes that it is necessary due to the enduring, vehicle-borne terrorist threat to London. The MPS requires bulk ANPR data from TfL’s camera network in London specifically for terrorism intelligence purposes and to prevent and investigate such offences. The infrastructure will allow the realtime flow of data between TfL and the MPS.

Sony and ANPR

Sony has now produced an ANPR system that is designed to allow companies to add ANPR into their company’s existing IT/CCTV infrastructure. This allows easy and rapid monitoring of staff and visitors for any company.

“Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions Division (SISS) has announced a highly integrated automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera that provides easy integration with existing access control systems. The Sony XCI-NPR uses the industry-standard Wiegand protocol, allowing OEMs to quickly and cost-effectively add ANPR capability to their product lines.”

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ANPR – Roll out in the UK (2005)

A “24×7 national vehicle movement database” that logs everything on the UK’s roads and retains the data for at least two years is now being built, according to an Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) strategy document leaked to the Sunday Times. The system, which will use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), and will be overseen from a control centre in Hendon, London, is a sort of ‘Gatso 2’ network, extending. enhancing and linking existing CCTV, ANPR and speedcam systems and databases.

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What is ANPR?

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR; see also other names below) is a mass surveillance method that uses optical character recognition on images to read the licence plates on vehicles. As of 2006, systems can scan number plates at around one per second on cars travelling up to 100 mph (160 km/h).[citation needed] They can use existing closed-circuit television or road-rule enforcement cameras, or ones specifically designed for the task.

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This section covers the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition – (ANPR) within the UK.