License plate recognition, a technology that helps police track down stolen cars, that assists shopping malls in guiding customers to their cars, and that raises privacy concerns when doing so, will be used in Manly County, in Australia’s New South Wales, to combat illegal parking in local streets.
Manly Cove residents need a permit to park there. Police is trying to clamp down on the trading or giving away of parking permits.
So soon, specialized vehicles will roll down Manly Coves’ packed streets and process data of up to 2000 cars per hour, says the Manly Daily.
Manly Council general manager Henry Wong swears that no personal details will be exposed to exploitation through the scheme.
‘‘The only details we will have will be a registration number, which is no different to rangers walking down the street and writing down all the registrations now by hand,’’ he said. The council already uses numberplate recognition in its own carparks to detect any cars ‘‘recirculating’’ after leaving a space. The good old chalk mark has been made obsolete also.