Government installs ANPR cameras near Antwerp

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The government of Flanders will encourage city authorities to adopt more ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) systems on the region’s roads

Flemish government supports number-plate recognition project

The government of Flanders will encourage city authorities to adopt more ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) systems on the region’s roads. Yesterday Flemish mobility minister Hilde Crevits inaugurated a test project in Brecht and Brasschaat, both in Antwerp province. The project equips normal speed-check cameras with number-plate recognition.

The ANPR cameras not only measure the speed of a vehicle by registering the time taken to travel a set distance between two cameras, they are also able to look out for particular plate numbers in order to identify potential lawbreakers, such as car owners have not paid road tax. The cameras can also be deployed for more wide-ranging traffic analysis.

“By introducing ANPR cameras, we can make our roads and town centres safer and more agreeable to live in,” said Crevits. “We’re now offering the municipalities the chance to buy these cameras via the roads and traffic agency.”

Each pair of cameras costs €97,000, of which €39,000 is provides by the roads agency.