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11 Responses:

  1. nightbird says:

    Ahh, Europe, that bastion of liberty. Not that Bush and Obama are any better.

    • nightbird says:

      I'm wrong. The company is Russian. In Europe (St. Petersburg), but not what I had in mind in my comment above (an EU country).

      http://www.simicon.com/eng/company/index.html

      • Landa says:

        meh, there're (EU-) european companies that sell very similar stuff. I used to work for one of them (different deparment though).

        • jwz says:

          I'm sorry you find this post soooo uninteresting. You should ask for your money back.

          But hey, thanks for taking the time to share your delightful "meh" insight!

          • Landa says:

            Sorry, my fault. I don't think the post is boring, in fact I quite liked it.
            I just wanted to inform Nightbird that even though *that* company is russian, Europe can still be a bastion of liberty ;-)

  2. Adolf Osborne says:

    The demo video is all at fairly low speeds, with relatively decent diffuse lighting from the drizzly sky.

    How well will it work in instances of darkness (==increased shutter duration==blur), higher vehicular speeds (==more blur), or the difficult-to-discern shadows of a bright, sunny day?

    • Dan Wallach says:

      We obviously don't know all the technical details, but it's not to hard to imagine them playing tricks to help with license plate recognition under low lighting, like using IR illumination. Of course, that would mean that next-gen radar detectors would also start including detectors for the IR illumination, particularly if it's strobed.

    • Leolo says:

      How long before a weaponised version of this is deployed in Texas?

      • nightbird says:

        The live-fire exercises would probably be held in Afghanistan and Israel first.

        It would probably be a small change to the existing sensor package of a Hellfire-armed UAV. That change might even be just a software fix.

        • Andrew says:

          Showing once again how important it is to keep your license and registration information up to date. Update early and often!

  3. Ingmar says:

    One vehicle passed through that wasn't recognized at all, despite having a license plate clearly visible (or at least as visible as the others). How did it foil the system? I sense a market for license plate "unk spray".