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This is how powerful car license plate recognition tech already is in S’pore

This is like Minority Report but in real life.

By Belmont Lay | May 3, 2018

Get ready to be blown away.

This is how advanced license plate recognition technology is in Singapore already:

As demonstrated in the video, the technology can instantly capture and recognise the license plate of cars speeding down the expressway.

Future tech being tested

This video was shared on Roads.sg Facebook page on April 28.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is testing the efficacy of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera systems at various locations along expressways and major thoroughfares from April 2018 until 2019.

The use of ANPR technology will facilitate enforcement.

These tests will enable LTA to determine the performance and reliability of such technologies under various real-life environmental and traffic conditions for future traffic management systems.

It will leverage the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology.

Apart from mounting these ANPR systems on AYE, MCE, CTE, TPE and Nicoll Highway, testing equipment will also be mounted onto vehicles.

They will be deployed at localised areas, such as Tuas South.

Uses of this technology

Some uses of ANPR technology include: Vehicle tracking, crime deterrent, security and parking services, traffic counting and control, electronic toll charges and road congestion charges.

Future technology: Facial recognition

Coming soon to Singapore: Surveillance cameras on 100,000 lampposts in Singapore will be linked to facial recognition software.

The justification: It help authorities pick out and recognise faces in crowds across the island, a process known as performing crowd analytics and can support anti-terror operations, authorities said.

The department in charge: GovTech, a Singapore government agency. The “Lamppost-as-a-Platform” pilot project is scheduled to begin in 2019.

3-second speed

Yitu Technology, a Chinese company that has recently opened its first international office in Singapore, said its facial recognition platform is capable of identifying over 1.8 billion faces in less than three seconds.

Singapore has a population of 5.6 million people.

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