Forget all the exaggerated claims public officials told you about CCTV cameras and public safety. Move over Vision Zero proponents because there is a new player in town.
License plate readers that can ID and fine vehicles for polluting the air will soon be coming to a city near you.
Siemens Mobility, the license plate reader company that made over €14.2 billion during the pandemic, has the audacity to try and convince the public that they are concerned about pollution in major cities.
It has taken Siemens only two years to combine license plate reading cameras with vehicle pollution sensors.
In 2019 a Siemens press release announced that they had been awarded a contract to design, supply and install a clean air zone (CAZ), ANPR camera monitoring and enforcement solution across the city of Birmingham in the United Kingdom (UK).
“Siemens Mobility’s proven Sicore II automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will be installed at carefully selected locations across the city. The cameras will identify and register every vehicle that enters the zone – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is anticipated that the system will capture details of around 200,000 vehicles per day, a small percentage of which are expected to be contraventions.”
Siemens “Sicore II” marks the beginning of a new age of police surveillance.