PlateSmart, Raises Bar for ALPR & Officer Safety with ARES Viewer

ARES Viewer, an intuitive, easy-to-use application that dramatically improves officer safety and efficiency – has been nominated to compete in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.

Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) has been one of the most sought-after technologies by law enforcement and security agencies, since its inception.

The technology’s unique ability to automatically read license plates and compare them to criminal databases in search of active wants and warrants has given these agencies a unique edge in preserving public safety and security.

Traditionally, ALPR has been conceived and implemented as a mobile system, consisting of multiple infrared (IR)-dependent cameras mounted on a patrol vehicle and connected to a laptop computer.

Useful to a point, this type of ALPR deployment has several significant drawbacks. It is very limited in the number of license plates it can actually capture, since its effectiveness is dependent on the location of the vehicle or vehicles on which it is mounted.

These vehicles cannot be active on a 24/7 basis; many are on the streets for as few as four shifts per week.

Ares Viewer
ARES Viewer

Most police departments have a relatively small number of ALPR-equipped vehicles, due to the high cost of equipment, installation fees, and ongoing maintenance.

As a result, law enforcement must hope that its patrol cars are “in the right place at the right time” to capture suspect vehicles.

This system can be defeated simply by avoiding the patrol cars, whose cameras are relatively easy to spot, or by coating the license plate with a non-reflective material that prevents IR cameras from reading it.

John Chigos, CEO & Founder, PlateSmart Technologies
John Chigos, CEO & Founder, PlateSmart Technologies

John Chigos, the CEO of PlateSmart, refused to continue to sell this “old-school” technology anymore because of its overall ineffectiveness and the unnecessary burden and danger it presented to patrol officers.

Realizing that it did not align with the PlateSmart’s mission to improve the safety of officers while, still permitting them to do their jobs efficiently.

Mr. Chigos saw that police officers were still being killed by the side of the road and they did not have the information they needed as quickly as they needed it.

He and his team developed a new application for this purpose, ARES Viewer.

ARES Viewer utilizes city surveillance systems to send alerts to the Viewer utilizing geofencing capabilities for better response time.

Mr. Chigos feels that mobile technology still has a place and can be used effectively on tactical vehicles with a covert installation instead of the industry standard exterior mounted mobile cameras.

ARES Viewer works in conjunction with ARES and offers a particular advantage to the officer on the street.

An intuitive, easy-to-use application provides the patrol officer a constant, real-time stream of vehicle captures and alerts that includes full-color images, capture locations, date and time stamps, and more.

(Learn More about Analytic Recognition Enterprise Solutions (ARES), courtesy of PlateSmart  and YouTube)

Tracking suspect vehicles becomes an easy task requiring minimal human intervention, as the Viewer can receive data from any camera feed or feeds in the city surveillance system that the officer needs including main thoroughfares.

ARES Viewer Alerts View
ARES Viewer Alerts View

Information is constantly fed to all designated viewers without the distraction of having to operate or maintain extra equipment.

These features dramatically improve officer safety and efficiency.

ARES Viewer offers the user real-time actionable intelligence from a centralized source that is simple to use, connected 24/7, and not limited by a vehicle’s location.

ARES Viewer Map Function
ARES Viewer Map Function

ARES Viewer drastically reduces the cost of deployment on every police vehicle in the fleet.

ARES Viewer can be fully deployed at the low cost of $275 per license (100 vehicles at $275 per vehicle is $27,500).

ARES Viewer eliminates concerns of profiling and violation of privacy, since it does not look at specific individuals.

ARES Viewer works wit  fixed-location cameras, patrol vehicles do not have a reason to concentrate on specific neighborhoods unless alerted by a fixed camera.

Officers can receive capture data from anywhere in the city or set up to receive alerts just for their area of service.

ARES Viewer Hot List View
ARES Viewer Hot List View

Privacy is protected since officers do not see any personal information on vehicles unless there is a “hit.”

ARES keeps data in law enforcement hands; where it is protected and secured.

ARES Viewer represents the maturing of traditional mobile ALPR solutions.

Using advanced AI and machine learning capabilities, ARES enables a cost-effective citywide surveillance with unparalleled data-gathering and analytics, all for a fraction of the cost of competing systems.

ARES Viewer is a major paradigm shift in the law enforcement and security technology industry.

PlateSmart ARES

PlateSmart at a Glance

  • Custom Integration
  • PlateSmart software is easily integrated with video management systems and most existing or off-the-shelf cameras.
  • Advanced Processing
  • Scalable solutions from PlateSmart read license plates from full-color video in addition to recognizing state jurisdiction and vehicle make.
  • AI-Powered Data Analytics
  • Our AI-driven software offers advanced analytics, comprehensive search and reporting capabilities, and secure information sharing with local, state and federal agencies.
  • Cloud Platform
  • PlateSmart offers the first true cloud-based Software-as-a-Service ALPR analytics solution.
  • Cost Effective
  • PlateSmart’s software-only solutions work with most currently available surveillance cameras, giving you the best vehicle identification technology at a reasonable price point.

PlateSmart Technologies has developed the world’s first software-only vehicle identification and video analytic solutions, which are compatible with both state-of-the-art and legacy cameras.


PlateSmart offers both mobile and fixed-location solutions, which are designed either to function as stand-alone tools or to integrate with third-party software and hardware.

ARES, PlateSmart’s enterprise solution, provides real-time actionable intelligence with license plate number, state jurisdiction, and vehicle make recognition for complete situational awareness.

PlateSmart’s solutions are the recipients of multiple industry awards for excellence in security technology.

ARES Viewer in 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, ARES Viewer will be competing against the industries leading providers of innovative License Plate Recognition Systems.

ASTORS HSA 2017Good luck to ARES Insights on becoming a Winner of the 2017 American Security Today’s Homeland Security Awards Program!

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