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In June, it was reported that the police were set to employ an Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system to help them identify and nab motorists with outstanding summonses. The system was supposed to be up and running in August, but is now scheduled to make its operational debut in the next two months, The Star reports.

A total of 20 ANPR units – costing RM30 million in total – will be deployed in the first phase. The ANPR camera will be able to detect and flag any passing car if the vehicle’s registration number is linked to an outstanding summons in the Bukit Aman database, so it goes. This will allow police officers to act immediately on traffic offenders.

The cameras – which will be linked to a centralised server in Bukit Aman – can be mounted on police cars, and will be deployed at strategic areas, including nine locations at the Malaysian border to identify vehicles with foreign registration plates with unsettled summonses. Additionally, the system will also aid police in tracking down vehicles involved in other criminal activities, as well as stolen cars.

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The report adds that police are looking at making a bigger dent against “hardcore traffic offenders” with the delivery of these cameras. “A total of 1.06 million outstanding summonses have yet to be settled and we are looking at bringing down this number,” federal traffic police chief SAC Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff told reporters at a briefing on the system.

Explaining the workings of ANPR to the press, SAC Mohd Fuad said that the system had been designed so that the camera, placed on the dashboard of a police vehicle, was aimed at oncoming vehicles.

“When a vehicle passes by, the camera will capture an image of the number plate and send it to the police database. If the number plate has any summonses tagged to it, then the system will inform our personnel and they can conduct an arrest or take appropriate measures,” he said, adding that police may utilise the system on unmarked police cars.