ANPReader is the first ANPR/ALPR (automated number plate/license plate recognition) application designed and optimised for mobile devices, providing single-click capture and accurate results within seconds. It works well in a wide range of lighting conditions, supports oblique angles, can read skewed plates, and can perform recognition across a broad spectrum of distances and sizes.
Unlike other scanning apps, this one runs entirely on your Android device without needing a network, so there are NO data charges or network delays whatsoever, and the number plates you want to read are NOT uploaded to any server.
As well as handling poor and low lighting conditions, ANPReader also supports numerous formats of car, motorcycle, and heavy goods vehicle registration plates, including personalised and some international (non-UK) number plates.
In the past, Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology has been mostly limited to expensive roadside cameras or sophisticated vehicle mounted devices. Use in parking and garage security systems has been limited to costly server based solutions, and largely restricted to capturing number-plates facing directly towards a camera, and in fixed lighting conditions.
The 'basic' version of ANPReader is heavily optimised for speed but provides slightly lower recognition capabilities and accuracy than the 'professional' version. There is also a very short delay before recognition results are displayed to the user (the pro version does not have this delay). To upgrade to the professional version and enquire about volume licensing deals and other deployment options, or to hear about the wide range of other image recognition solutions offered by Imense Ltd., please email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website.
(1) Hold your Android device horizontally, making sure the camera is not obscured. Try to line up the car number plate such that it falls roughly within the green focusing rectangle. The focusing box serves as a visual guide, but it does not matter if the number plate falls slightly outside its area.
(2) Tap the camera icon on the screen to take a picture of the number plate. ANPReader will analyse the image you took and recognise and display the number plate. You can then tap the number to edit it or copy and paste it into another application. To copy the number to the clipboard, swipe it with your finger and then select 'Copy to clipboard' from the context menu.
(3) To take a new image, simply press the 'back' button on your Android device.
(4) If you'd like ANPReader to save each image that it recognises to your SD card, then please go to the 'Settings' menu and check the option 'Save images to SD card'. Images will be written to your SD card using file names of the form 'plateID_date_time.png'. The 'Settings' menu can be accessed by pressing the menu button on your Android device or by selecting it from the activity bar.
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