Victoria Police awards $17 million to Motorola Solutions for road safety tech

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Victoria Police awards $17 million to Motorola Solutions for road safety tech

Victoria Police has awarded Motorola Solutions with a contract to supply new number plate recognition and in-car video technology.

The $17.3 million contract involves fitting out 220 Highway Patrol vehicles across the state with the road safety tech, helping detect any traffic violations, as well as stolen and unregistered vehicles.

Motorola’s cloud-based Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology enables police to rapidly scan through thousands of vehicle number plates to identify offenders in real-time.

The company said it will also increase protection and accountability for interactions between police and the public through the collection of high quality video and audio recordings that can be submitted as evidence in court.

“By combining ANPR detection with in-car video, this solution will provide high quality visual and audio corroboration of incidents and offences witnessed by police,” Motorola Solutions managing director Steve Crutchfield said.

“Solutions like this have been proven to increase accountability and even make individuals modify their behaviour when they know they are being filmed, contributing to greater safety for all road users and police officers.”

The contract is part of Victoria Police’s plan to achieve its Toward Zero initiative, which aims to make roads safer with a goal of zero deaths on Victorian roads.

Motorola said the contract will give Victoria Police flexibility to add enhancements to the program over time as vehicle and video standards and technologies mature.

Last year, Motorola supplied its BlueConnect Mobile Technology program to Victoria Police, a mobility managed service to increase situational awareness, safety and productivity for some 10,000 police officers on the front line.

The company also scored a $261 million deal with the Victorian government to upgrade the state's mission-critical radio network used by emergency services such as police, ambulances and the fire brigade.

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