€6m police deal on licence plate scanning cameras

The Herald
01.11.2008
By Claire Murphy

A WELSH company is on the verge of winning a €6m contract to supply the garda with Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.

The proposed system would allow gardai to identify stolen, untaxed or uninsured cars.

Cameras take an automatic photograph of a car’s licence plate [….] and run it against a database to spot motoring cheats and crooks.

The Cleartone camera system can read one number plate every second, giving it a capacity of over 3,000 vehicles per hour.

The value of the initial contract is €690,000 (excluding VAT), but it is believed this will eventually be worth €6m over five years for 100 cameras.

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A spokesman for the guards confirmed the Welsh company was in the running, saying: “Following the evaluation of the tender proposals a tender submitted by Cleartone Telecoms PLC, Pontypool, Wales, was judged to be the most economically advantageous and accordingly it is proposed to award the contract to this company.”

The contract will initially be awarded for a one-year period. An Garda Siochana can choose to extend the contract on a yearly basis.

In Britain, there is uncertainty among drivers as to what the police on the roads are checking.

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