Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department uses oMG to roll out Automated License Plate Recognition

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is the largest sheriff’s department in the US and operates on a budget of $2.5 billion per year. LASD is the largest contract policing agency in the US, patrolling 40 of Los Angeles County’s 88 cities, as well as 90 unincorporated county areas. LASD has eleven divisions and three patrol divisions and has every specialized unit a U.S. law enforcement agency can utilize.

Business Challenge

The Advanced Surveillance and Protection Unit (ASAP), which is part of the Technical Services Division of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was created to bring new and emerging surveillance and apprehension technologies to the Department, while developing a standard for these technologies. ASAP’s purpose is to strengthen the safety and effectiveness of all law enforcement personnel.

To effectively serve this large community, ASAP needed to implement new automated license plate recognition (ALPR) technology. The challenge of the ALPR implementation was to find a reliable wireless router that would provide a secure seamless connection to LASD’s internal network without any deputy intervention. This connection would access the ALPR processor in the vehicle by transmitting and receiving data from the ALPR server located in LASD’s network.

Sierra Wireless InMotion Solution

The Advanced Surveillance and Protection Unit (ASAP) researched and tested several modems and routers and was referred by other law enforcement agencies and their IT department to InMotion Solutions. ASAP installed and tested an oMG in a demonstration ALPR vehicle over a twenty month period. Once the deputy got in the patrol vehicle and turned on the engine, the oMG booted up automatically and immediately established a Wi-Fi connection with an access point located at the sheriff’s station.

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