Our Bullet series cameras (CB51-TE (5MP) and CB61-TE (4K)) can perform license plate recognition. This guide will take you through the requirements and steps to ensure LPR delivers the best results. For a more detailed explanation of how LPR works navigate to this guide.

Note: After enabling LPR mode on a camera and configuring it, it will take up to 5 minutes for results to populate.

Installing the LPR camera

Before installing your LPR Camera, there are a few considerations to keep in mind for the best results.

  1. LPR cameras monitor single lanes
    For this reason, the LPR camera should be positioned to face a single lane of traffic for vehicles traveling 20 MPH or less, such as an entrance or drive-thru.

  2. License plates should be within 60 feet
    Verkada’s LPR solution provides the best results when vehicles are no more than 60 feet away from the LPR Camera.

  3. Proper positioning improves accuracy
    LPR cameras should be positioned no more than 20º horizontally and/or 40º vertically from the location of the license plate.

Enabling LPR on a camera

To enable LPR Mode

  1. Navigate to the designated LPR Camera

  2. Select Settings

  3. Select Analytics

  4. Next to License Plate Recognition (LPR) Mode select Enable

Once LPR has been enabled the camera will go through a firmware update which may take five minutes or more to finish.

Configuring the LPR camera

Once LPR mode has been enabled on a camera follow the prompts to complete the setup.

  1. Ensure that the camera image is set to the recommended mounting angles then click Next.

  2. Configure the Optical Zoom so that the passing vehicle takes up more than half of the frame. Use Auto Focus or Manual Focus if the image becomes blurry after using the Optical Zoom then click Next.

  3. Click and drag an area of interest over the area that license plates will pass through then click Next. The selected area must be less than half of the entire frame.

  4. Optional: Add a context camera to capture the scene for the full view of vehicle events then click I'm done.

Note: You can also get back to this menu by clicking the cogwheel to the right of a license plate event on the Live page.

Viewing License Plates on the Live Page

Viewing license plates captured

Once a camera has been enabled for LPR mode a new section of Command will be available to view under the Live page of all captured license plates. This area will show all the captured license plates along with a clip of when the capture happened.

Filtering for specific license plates

You can use the search bar to find a specific license plate. Entering the license plate will bring up the exact clip(s) of when it was seen. You are also able to filter for a specific camera along with a specific day.

Enable License Plates of Interest Alerts

First, ensure you have alerts enabled for license plates. Click the bell icon next to the License Plates button.

Then, select the methods you wish to use to receive notifications

Secondly, to enable license plates of interest, select the bell icon next to the search bar to see a list of all the license plates of interest.

Then, click Add to add plates to the detection system.

Please note, any plate added as a license plate of interest affects all other users. If you add a plate, any other user configured to receive alerts will be notified if that plate is detected.

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