Greater Manchester Police has completed the deployment of a wireless broadband Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera network around the city.
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Manchester is thought to be the first city outside London to benefit from a network of ANPR cameras in and around the city, which now makes it virtually impossible to drive a car into the centre without having its number plate, colour and time of entry recorded.
The initiative by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is intended to reinforce the fight against crime, terrorism and vehicle theft.
The cameras, which are located on pieces of street furniture, use provider Manchester Metronet's wireless network infrastructure to transfer about 600,000 ANPR reads each day back to GMP's back-office ANPR system in real-time, where data is to be held for a period of five years.
The use of wireless technology to support ANPR data transmission to this extent is unique.
Mike George, ANPR project manager at GMP, said, "The availability of Metronet wireless connectivity in an urban environment has given us ease of installation and greater flexibility over traditional fibre-optic cable networks that have usually been employed for this type of project."