Vigilant Solutions’ LPR Wins 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award

Vigilant Solutions, a global intelligence and image analytics company serving law enforcement agencies, was recognized today with the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award for its License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, PlateSearch™.

The company excelled in a field of several industry-leading providers of innovative license plate recognition systems to earn a platinum designation, the most distinguished level for the award. 

2017 ASTORS PlatinumDeveloped with extensive input from law enforcement, PlateSearch is Vigilant Solutions’ LPR data and analytics tool that works to capture license plate images, along with the date, time and GPS coordinates of where the photo was taken, through fixed and mobile LPR cameras.

  • The captured images give investigators a historical snapshot of suspect vehicle sightings, helping them piece together evidence to develop more leads and solve more cases.

Investigators can also create a hotlist of license plates of interest so officers can receive alerts in near real-time related to stolen vehicles, missing persons, AMBER alerts, or wanted plates associated with homicides, rapes, robberies or terrorist watch lists.

Additionally, through the use of wildcard search capabilities and data filtering, Vigilant can turn fragmented vehicle descriptions into viable vehicles of interest.

Vigilant Solutions’ PlateSearch™ License Plate Recognition (LPR) & Analytics

(When lives are on the line, every second counts. Every tool available to help develop leads and solve crimes counts, too. License Plate Recognition technology helps law enforcement agencies solve more crimes. Courtesy of Vigilant Solutions and YouTube)

“We are honored to receive the Platinum ASTORS Homeland Security Award for PlateSearch,” said Tom Joyce, retired New York City Police Department Lieutenant, Commander of Detectives and current Vice President of Business Development at Vigilant Solutions.

“This technology has helped law enforcement agencies develop leads and solve cases ranging from kidnappings to homicides, making it a must-have in the fight against terror and crime.”

Tom Joyce, Vice President Business Development at VaaS (Vigilant Solutions and DRN)
Tom Joyce,
Vice President Business Development at VaaS (Vigilant Solutions and DRN)

“With crime rates on the rise around the country, law enforcement agencies need every advantage at their disposal, including technologies like PlateSearch to give them an extra set of force multipliers to effectively keep communities safe.”

The ‘ASTORS’ Awards were presented on Nov. 15 at the International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC East), the northeast’s largest security industry event, in the Jacob Javits Exhibition Center in New York City.

Organizations honored at the event included providers of physical solutions, software, IT, law enforcement agencies, first responders and government agencies.

The event is organized by American Security Today, a publication that covers criminal and terrorist threats and the solutions that help combat them.

The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

American Security Today’s 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East was an overwhelming success, with distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government.

Over 100 professionals gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included:

  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • The Department of Justice
  • The Security Exchange Commission
  • State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies, and
  • Leaders in Private Security
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon

Recognized for their Innovative Training and Education Programs, Outstanding Product Development Achievements and Exciting New Technologies to address the growing Homeland Security Threats our Nation is facing.

American Security Today was formed after careful reflection of 9/11 and its aftermath when the Department of Homeland Security was established and there was an immediate explosion of new products and solutions for what was perceived as an imminent second attack on primary targets in the United States.

As time moved forward from 9/11 itself and in recent years, the threats to our nation have evolved from a large scale 9/11 type attack to:

  • Domestic and International Terrorist Attacks carried out by ‘lone wolves’ and coordinated individuals
  • Cybersecurity breach attacks against our government agencies, financial institutions and critical infrastructure facilities
  • Unprecedented urban violence
  • Cultural shifts and societal media bias, which make it increasingly difficult to secure our nation in this constantly evolving threat environment.
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon

These current circumstances have put forward another rapid expansion of new ideas, products and solutions to combat these ever changing challenges.

These changes have called for a new generation of security experts in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields who need real time knowledge of our ever growing threats.

These experts include the Government at the Federal, State and Local levels as well as from Private Firms specializing in Physical Security, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security responsible for implementing coordinated security measures to ensure our Nation’s Security and improve Public Safety.

Together, each of these entities work together seamlessly on the front lines of protecting our communities, to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.

To highlight the tremendous accomplishments of agencies and firms receiving this prestigious award, be on the the lookout for American Security Today’s Annual December ‘ASTORS’ Champions Edition – ‘Year in Review.’

A hot topic at the ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon was Vigilant Solutions newly introduced BallisticSearch with portable image capture hardware, cartridge case capture software and ballistics comparison technology.

(With BallisticSearch™, agencies of any size can process ballistic evidence recovered from crime scenes to develop investigative leads. Courtesy of Vigilant Solutions and YouTube)

The solution enables agencies to quickly compare evidence from crime scenes to help generate more investigative leads, and potentially identify more suspects and the firearms they use.

“When lives are on the line, every second counts. Vigilant Solutions technologies help develop leads quicker and solve crimes faster, which helps to keep our officers and communities safer,” said Tammy Waitt, AST Editorial Director.

“Congratulations on Vigilant Solutions Outstanding Product Development Achievements aimed at ‘Keeping our Nation Safe, One City at a Time.”