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Springfield Police Department : Automated License Plate Readers

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Agency Springfield Police Department
Location Springfield, MA
Technology Automated License Plate Readers
Vendor ELSAG

The Springfield Police Department acquired automated license plate readers as early as 2009 and received a grant for more systems in 2010.

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Automated license plate readers are cameras attached to fixed locations or to patrol cars that capture every license plate that passes. The data is uploaded to searchable databases with the time, date, and GPS coordinates.

An illustration of a police car with cameras aimed at another vehicle.