Brumby budget drives $16.7m into number plate recognition tech

Victoria State government announces funding for Automated Number Plate Recognition Technology,

The Victorian State government has put up $16.7 million for a new Automated Number Plate Recognition Technology system as part of its 2010-11 budget.

The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Bob Cameron, said the solution would "enable police and the Sherriff’s office to scan vehicle registration plates to identify unlicensed drivers, unregistered vehicles and outstanding warrants, and provide resources to the court and justice system to process additional offenders".

“Greater detection abilities for police and Sheriff’s officers will result in safer roads, with unauthorised drivers involved in 12.8 per cent of fatalities on Victorian roads in 2008,” Cameron said in a statement.

The Brumby government also tipped in $7.4 million over four years for police equipment that includes covert video, audio and recording systems, along with a "replacement airwing video downlink system.

To assist preparedness for bushfires, the budget also provides $28.5 million over four years to "upgrade and improve bushfire warnings and upgrade intelligence gathering, analysis and alerting capability by fire and emergency agencies".

On the same day the ACT government announced an additional $24.28 million for ICT projects, including a $12.5 million real time GPS passenger information system.

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