New cache of LPR documents posted

October 29, 2011

Posted by Matt Ehling

We have received a second batch of license plate recognition (LPR) technology documents, this time from the Saint Paul City Attorney’s Office. The documents include e-mail correspondence relating to the use and implementation of LPR systems – both in Saint Paul, and in other jurisdictions.

It is particularly interesting to note that conversations occurred between members of the Saint Paul Police Department, and a staff member of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). The SPAWAR entity is attached to the U.S. Navy, and exists to ensure “information dominance” by that branch of the armed services.

SPAWAR has been involved with the National Institute of Justice in the evaluation and analysis of LPR technology. The same two entities were involved in the development of TIPLINE software, used for the interagency sharing of tip data.