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Doraville Police go high-tech

A technician from Trinity Innovative Solutions demonstrates a trailer purchased by Doraville Police Department to combat speeding, stolen vehicles, expired tags and other violations. Photo submitted.

 

License plate recognition, traffic, vehicular analysis system costs city $61,047

Doraville City Council unanimously approved a Doraville Police Department purchase for a traffic and vehicular analysis system worth more than $61,000 during its Feb. 21 meeting.

Doraville Police Chief John King made the request for the system, which includes a radar speed trailer, three camera mounting kits for police cruisers as well as license plate and facial recognition equipment.

“This is a trailer that will have a radar that will detect the speed of vehicles,” King said. “It will also have a computer that will read tags—to check expired tags, Amber alerts, speeding—and send a signal to patrol cars in the area.”

“[This system] helps law enforcement find vehicles of interest, develop investigative leads, solve cases, improve officer safety and save lives,” states a demo from the system’s manufacturer. “Our cameras rapidly analyze every frame of video for the presence of license plates, using optical character recognition to translate images into text. Data is limited and anonymous; drivers’ identities are unknown and protected by the Federal Divers Privacy Protection Act.”

Doraville police officers will be able to use such technology through their agency-issued smartphones, according to King. According to the council’s memorandum, the system will also analyze traffic coming into and out of neighborhoods, identify speeds, identify stolen vehicles and vehicles with expired registrations.

“Wanted vehicles, stolen vehicles, expired tags—this will help us manage that,” King said.

The radar speed trailer included in the purchase is capable of clocking car speeds and displaying it to drivers. Color license plate recognition cameras are also mounted to the trailer in addition to solar panels.

King said the trailer, provided by Trinity Innovative Solutions, will move from neighborhood to neighborhood to combat speeding and other traffic violations. He said the plan, eventually, will be to have trailers at all subdivision entryways and exits as well as along Buford Highway.

“We want to tie it in [with road improvements],” King said. “When Winter’s Chapel goes through its big change, I plan to ask permission to install one of these; all the major thoroughfares in and out of neighborhoods. This will allow us to gather data and see how it’s needed.”

Councilwoman Pam Fleming said the purchase is something that will benefit the residents of Doraville.

“I’m sorry to say that it’s so expensive for one,” Fleming said. “I wish we could have one in each neighborhood.”
“This is a great safety feature for our community,” said Mayor Donna Pittman.

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