A Genetec employee demonstrates AutoVu’s capabilities to an SDM writer, outside of the company’s Montreal headquarters on a snowy day.

Montreal-based unified IP security solutions provider Genetec released its AutoVu Managed Services, a turnkey license plate recognition (LPR) system. The system has been designed to simplify the deployment and maintenance of mobile LPR systems, primarily for municipal and university parking authorities, as well as police departments with LPR-enabled vehicles.

The hosted model of the system is intended to eliminate the need to commission and maintain servers or other IT infrastructure, allowing it to be deployed and updated without involving or interfering with an organization’s IT staff.

“License plate recognition is a powerful force multiplier for parking and law enforcement users. However, our customers tell us their IT teams are often overtaxed, which slows down the deployment process and makes maintenance and support more complex,” said Stephan Kaiser, Genetec’s AutoVu general manager. “By choosing Genetec managed services, customers can focus on their core activities and leverage AutoVu LPR faster, with the benefit of better service and preventive maintenance.”

As with the on-premise version of Genetec’s AutoVu LPR system, AutoVu Managed Services automates license plate reading and identification, making it easier for law enforcement, municipal and commercial organizations to locate vehicles of interest and enforce parking restrictions. The managed service was created in response to customer demand for a faster, more cost-efficient alternative to commissioning IT infrastructure when deploying a mobile LPR system.

Experienced Genetec technicians handle system installation and configuration for AutoVu Managed Services, as well as the connection with third-party hardware and software, such as permit management systems, pay-by-phone services and pay stations. Once the system is up and running, Genetec technicians monitor performance and can remotely update settings and install upgrades, further reducing the burden on IT staff.  This allows customers to focus on their primary tasks of protecting the public or enforcing parking by-laws.