With each release, new features, enhancements, or resolved issues are added to the product.
- Improved AutoVu™ MLC
AutoVu™ Machine Learning Core (MLC) which already uses machine learning to classify license plates and to perform character recognition, now includes the following enhancements:
- Plate state recognition: For license plates from North America, AutoVu™ MLC is now used to detect the plate’s state of origin by analyzing the logos and text printed on the plate.
- Virtual loop: The virtual loop feature is used to ensure an image of the vehicle is still captured if the licence plate is damaged or dirty. AutoVu™ MLC is now used to verify whether an object moving in front of the camera is, in fact, a vehicle.
- Plate tilt filter
- If the SharpV is installed at a high angle, it can sometimes detect the lettering on the side of a vehicle instead of the vehicle's license plate. To benefit from the fact that vehicles generally drive the same direction as they pass a fixed camera, you can use the plate tilt filter to only read text that is passing at a certain angle.
- Character height filter
- If the SharpV is installed at a low angle and license plates have a long transit time through the image, license plate reads can sometimes occur when the plate is too close or too far from the camera. The character height filter ignores license plates until they appear within certain height range in the image.
- LPM Protocol
- The License Plate Management (LPM) protocol is a new secure and reliable method for
sending LPR data from a SharpV camera to the
LPR Manager. As of Security Center 5.8 GA, the LPM protocol replaces the use of the
Security Center Extension.NOTE: The LPM protocol can only be activated after the feature is enabled on the SharpV using Security Center 5.8.
- Improved firmware and platform update
- The Sharp
Portal interface for updating
the SharpV has been improved. In addition, to
benefit from the most recent security improvements, you can now upgrade the unit's
platform software from the Sharp
You can schedule the platform update, which lets you keep the SharpV online during peak traffic hours and update the
unit at night.NOTE: The SharpV update feature has been removed from Config Tool and is currently only available from the Sharp Portal. The Config Tool feature will be replaced by a more streamlined version in a future release.
- AutoVu™ product improvement program
- When you register a SharpV camera to participate in the AutoVu™Product Improvement Program, image data from the camera is shared with Genetec Inc. to help us improve our products, such as license plate and vehicle recognition capabilities. You can enroll the SharpV from the page in the Sharp Portal.
- Date and time synchronization
- By default, the SharpV now synchronizes its internal clock with the Security Center server. This eliminates the manual configuration step to ensure plate read timestamps match other Security Center events related to an incident.
- Improved gate control read strategy
- For low-speed fixed installations, the Gate control read strategy now ignores the license plates of any parked vehicles in the background of the image.
- Input status
- The status of the SharpV inputs is now included in the metadata that is exported with each license plate read. This can be useful for integrations that depend on the state of third party hardware, such as when a system monitors red light violations.
- Enhanced LPR contexts
- Arabic Peninsula: In addition to reading license plates from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait, the Arabic Peninsula context has been optimized to read license plates from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah.
- United Arab Emirates: In addition to reading license plates from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates context has been optimized to read license plates from Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, and Umm al Qaiwain.
- Supported plate origin recognition
- Plate origin recognition has been added for the following locations:
- Ajman (AJ)
- Fujairah (FUJ)
- Ras al Khaimah (RAK)
- Umm al Qaiwain (UAQ)