Infinova announced that the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates deployed a vehicle access control system based on a system designed by 3Soft USA for Infinova. The automatic LPR software uses Infinova's outdoor camera and IR illuminators. Developed to let faculty vehicles in and out of their designated parking lot, the system simultaneously captures license plates at both entry and exit gates using two video capture cards. Once captured, the license plate is compared with a database of authorized license plates and the gate barrier remains locked if the license plate is invalid or is automatically unlocked if the license plate is valid.
"We needed to make sure that we interfaced with a camera manufacturer with whom it would be easy to collaborate in creating this system,” said Tahm Hormozdyaran, President of 3Soft USA. “In addition, we had to be provided with cameras that would be able to view license plates in all types of lighting conditions.”
The system uses Infinova's outdoor IR cameras which feature a built-in IR illuminator and 4.0 to 9.0 mm auto iris varifocal lens. With Infinova's IR illuminators, the cameras can provide surveillance even in total darkness, at ranges up to 656 feet.
“Infinova's LPR software goes beyond simply reading and capturing a license plate,” said Mark Wilson, Marketing VP for Infinova. “This software, in combination with Infinova cameras, can be used in many different vehicle-based applications.”
The Zio Technologies office in Abu Dhabi was the integrator for the project, coordinating with the design teams and installing the system. This is one of several projects that Zio Technologies has implemented in Sharjah.