Technology has changed the way things are done. With the innovativeness that comes with it, people, businesses and organizations have been able to achieve their goals in an easier way. And one of its development is the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR).
1. Lagos state introduces ANPR (automatic number plate recognition)
The Lagos State Government has introduced an e-inspection technological device to help address traffic and vehicle documentation violations in the state. This new development enables government law officials to take fines to defaulters’ doorsteps and at the same time, create an avenue for keeping unhealthy vehicles out of the road.
The ANPR camera will record and track all traffic violations within Lagos city
For car drivers who plies the roads of Lagos, there will be no hiding place as the e-inspection device will locate any traffic offender.
On the heels of the e-inspection device being introduced, are some Lagos car drivers who have been caught in the web. Among them are Tiamiyu Mohammed, an Uber ride-sharing operator and car owner, Moses Adeife. It occurred just three weeks after the device was installed and had undergone some test-running to bring back sanity on Lagos roads. These offenders can't help but pay the fines.
Employing technology to bring about traffic compliance from motorists is now a dream come true in Lagos State. Driving a car that's not road-worthy, or plying Lagos roads with an expired license (drivers and vehicle) or not possessing any document authorizing you to drive on the road may put you at risk of been tracked down.
The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode had put a stop to vehicle inspection officers (VIO) chasing offenders round the streets of Lagos last year. They have been replaced with the Closed Circuit Monitor (CCTV) and the launched Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) devices to help track these violators.
The Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) in Lagos is categorized into two .The fixed monitors installed in the major roads and expressway in the 57 LGAs and all the Local Council Development Areas(LCDA).And the mobile units which is installed on the vehicles of all VIOs to cover the areas that are not picked up by the fixed monitor.
Any traffic offense lurking in the crowd can be traced by ANPR & CCTV
As opined by the Director of VIS, Hafiz Toriola, who is an engineer, the accomplishment is as a result of a research carried out across the globe by the agency's officials for three years. They visited the countries using the ANPR device as part of the study.
According to Wikipedia, the automatic plate number registration can read text and save the images of the vehicle registration plate numbers captured, together with the photos of the driver. It makes use of infrared lighting which enables the camera capture pictures during the day and night as well. Also, distinguishing the plate numbers as the device captures them from place to place.
ANPR was built in 1976 in United Kingdom, at Police Scientific Development Branch. By 1979, the prototype systems has already started working. The first time this device detected a stolen car in the United Kingdom was in 1981, which was followed by an arrest. Its usage became common when the easier to use and cheaper version was rolled out in the 1990s.
>>> Remember to check this to renew your license: Motorists must quickly have vehicle registered & uploaded to NVIS, says FRSC
2. How does the ANPR work?
The fixed monitor and its mobile variant captures vehicles plying the roads, while their information are assessed through several databases like the Police, Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC),Nigerian Insurance Association (NIA),Lagos State Transport Department (LSTD) and Motor Vehicle Administration Agency(MVAA). These agencies have their records set up in the system and the vehicle's result showing its compliance will emerge. If on inspection through the information and the vehicle has up-to-date documents, it's good to go. However,if one or more documents are detected to be invalid, the ANPR generates a bill to that effect. It will be forwarded via a text message while the hard copy of the details sent to the violators house address.
As said by Hafiz, VIS Director,
In a case where we are unable to get the address of the owner, maybe due to relocation or as a result of fake address, we would blacklist the vehicle and flag it, so that we would begin to monitor it and enforce arrest and compliance anytime the vehicle gets back on our roads.
He again revealed here,
We now have so many of these cameras on our roads across the state. And our message for now is that our people should obey the law and maintain their vehicle. They should get all the prescribed particulars for their vehicles and obey traffic rules and regulations. If they do this, they need not be afraid of this new innovation which is meant to drive sanity down our transportation system.
The device is helping us to detect a lot of fake documents; such as fake driver’s licence, fake vehicle licence and fake insurance and road worthiness licence. Those, who fall victims of these are calling their agents and we are now hearing so many funny confessions.
Quick illustration of how the ANPR works
Supporting this new technology is Patrick Adenusi, Safety Without Borders founder and a road safety advocator. He believes this innovation should be extended nationwide. He went further to state that every car has a name for identifying it called chassis number and no two vehicles share the same chassis number. Though there may be an attempt to change a vehicle's VIN number, the ANPR will expose the culprit once the car is captured.
We at Naijauto.com also support this new technology as it's one of the ways to safeguard lives since car drivers will be adhering to proper car maintenance.