Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR)

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Welcome to this extended technical dialogue concerning automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) for the Danish Police.

We would like to thank you for your participation in the technical dialogue so far. Your feed back is much appreciated!
 
The dialogue will close by the end of 30 June 2014.

The purpose of the dialogue was to explain the approach of Rigspolitiet (the Danish National Police) and provide information about the expected specifications, to seek information which may be used to adjust the specifications and to help identify any alternative solutions. The Danish National Police also hoped to gain insights concerning market characteristics and service options. 

The Association of Chief Police Officers of England, Wales and Northern Ireland has published a report by a working group on the working of ANPR and the English police’s use of ANPR - in assisting the prevention and detection of crimes such as burglary, drug offences, sexual assaults and murder. The Danish police plans to use ANPR in a similar way. Therefore the English report might be relevant to potential suppliers and other stakeholders. The report is available at:

http://www.acpo.police.uk/documents/crime/2013/201303cba-anpr.pdf

 

We have organized the dialogue in the following focus areas:

- Commercial terms

- Implementation

- Product specifications

- Service and maintenance

Questions and further information about each of the focus areas can be accessed in the left side of the screen, as can the prior information notice.

 

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14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Implementation
Time schedule

  • Please describe in general terms how your company would plan and implement the central ANPR solution.
  • How long would this process take (from a signed contract to the equipment can be used)?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Service and maintenance
Definition of services

The Danish police prefers a single point of contact (not having to divide the contract into lots). Could your company, if selected as the main supplier, supply some or all the following solutions:

  • Fixed ANPR cameras with capability to transfer data via a 3G connection
  • Installation of fixed ANPR cameras on designated locations
  • Maintenance and cleaning of the installed fixed cameras
  • ANPR equipment for cars (ANPR cameras and processing software)
  • Mobile ANPR equipment (ANPR cameras, tripods and processing software equipment
  • Central ANPR solution for storing and analyzing data

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Service and maintenance
Software releasing

  • How would you handle upgrading and release of new ANPG- software? Is it mandatory to install new versions?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Service and maintenance
Maintenance

  • What can we do to keep the maintenance costs at a low level (without compromising security and the effectiveness of the ANPR system)?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Commercial terms
Estimating services

  • For which services will it be difficult for a potential supplier to estimate the level of periodical payments for service and maintenance?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Service and maintenance
Service level goals

  • Which service level goals (such as response time, reaction time and accessibility) will most accurately reflect the users’ experience of the performance of the ANPR system? Should the service level goals apply to the ANPR systems as such – or to the individual parts of the ANPR system?

  • How could we measure the performance of the ANPR system relative to the service level goals?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
ANPR solutions for motorcycles

  • Does your company offer ANPR solutions for use on motorcycles?
  • Please describe details for this solution

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
ANPR solutions for mobile units

  • Does your company offer standard ANPR apps for mobile units such as tablets, computers, smart phones, etc.?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
ANPR solutions based on tablets

  • Does your company offer any solution allowing the user to connect an ANPR camera (e.g. mounted on a tripod) directly to a tablet computer?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Flexible mobile ANPR solution

  • Does your company offer, as an alternative to fixed cameras, a solution that easily can be moved around subject to changing operational needs?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Country codes recognition

  • Many ANPR solutions have well-known difficulties in recognizing country codes from the number plate. Danish and Norwegian number plates are for example visually very similar. How high is the accuracy rate of your company’s solutions in recognition of all European number plates? Will you be able to comply with an accuracy rate higher than 90%?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Recognize the make and model of the vehicle

  • Does your company offer ANPR cameras/solutions that will recognize vehicles’
    • Make?
    • Model?
    • Color?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Mobile ANPR camera

  • Please indicate the optimal locations for mounting ANPR cameras in/on a car taking into account the requirement of accurate recognition of at least 85% of the number plates on vehicles passing at a speed of 110 km/h at night/in the dark hours.
  • How many cameras would your company recommend installing in/on a car to be outfitted with ANPR technology if the requirement is to capture number plates:
    • on oncoming vehicles at a distance of 10 meters
    • on parked vehicles with the ANPR outfitted car passing them in the near driving lane at a distance of two meters
    • on parked vehicles with ANPR outfitted car passing them in far driving lane at a distance of 10 meters

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Capturing angle for mobile and fixed ANPR camera

  • Please specify the minimum and maximum angle for horizontal and vertical capturing of number plates for the different types of cameras that you provide.
  • Please specify the amount of readings that the different types of cameras can process per second/minute.

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Camera protection

     

  • With regard to your company’s ANPR cameras (patrol vehicle cameras and fixed cameras) what has been done to reinforce these to make them sturdy and less prone to damage from e.g. vandalism?
  • What has been done to protect the cameras from all types of weather, wind, rain, snow, sun, etc?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Interaction between ANPR equipment in patrol cars and the central ANPR solution

  • Please describe the possibilities for interaction between ANPR outfitted cars and the central ANPR solution. Ex. pushing/updating hotlist to patrol cars, the positions of active/inactive ANPR cars, uploading data from the patrol car, etc.

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Integration to the Danish police standard mobile concept “Bifrost”

  • The Danish police’s patrol vehicles have a standard IT-equipment and software called "Bifrost", which consists of a computer with standard software, a monitor, a number of speakers and a variety of communication channels. The ANPR solution for Danish patrol vehicles must be integrated with Bifrost. The integration is handled by our "Bifrost" supplier.
    With this requirement in mind, what specifications on "Bifrost" would you as a potential supplier need in order to provide a complete and dependable tender?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Communication with the Schengen Information System (SIS)

  • Does your company’s ANPR solution offer a standard interface from the central ANPR solution to SIS?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Analysis capabilities of the central ANPR solution

  • Which analysis capabilities are standard features in your company’s central ANPR solution?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Data quantity

  • Are there any software limitations in the central ANPR solution your company can offer? E.g.:
    • Maximum number of reads per minute, hour, day, year?
    • Total quantity of data?
    • Number of cameras
    • Number of users
    • Etc.?

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Commercial terms
Pricing structure

  • Please describe your standard software policy and your pricing structure if possible.

14. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
The file size of a capturing

  • Specify the size of an ANPR-file containing the following information:
    • A colour image of the vehicle (300 DPI)
    • A colour image of the number plate (300 DPI)
    • The characters on the captured number plate
    • Camera name
    • Geographical position (GPS)
    • Driving direction of vehicle with captures number plate
    • Country of origin
    • Date
    • Time

17. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Commercial terms
Product samples and/or product demonstrations

To aid the evaluation process we would like to receive product samples as part of the bid (such product samples would be returned) or to have a presentation / product demonstration.

What is your position on product samples and product demonstrations? Will you be able to comply with such a requirement (free of charge)?

18. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Commercial terms
Warranty period

We plan to use the K02 standard contract for long-term IT project.

 

Would the market be able to offer a longer warranty period for some or all of the products than required in clause 17.9 of the K02?

 

The K02 (including an English version) is available at http://www.digst.dk/Styring/Standardkontrakter/K02-Standardkontrakt-for-laengerevarende-it-projekter

 

18. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Commercial terms
Availability guarantee

For how many years will the market be able to provide availability guarantees on the products/spare parts?

18. Marts 2014 -
Questions
Commercial terms
Environmental, social and labour requirements

Which environmental, social and labour requirements would be reasonable and fair (ensuring equal treatment)?

31. Marts 2014 - Anonymous
Questions
Commercial terms
Deadline?

 Does "Comments, information and questions may be submittet until 1.4.2014." means before 1.4. or no later than the 1.4.?

7. April 2014 -
Questions
Commercial terms
Product demonstration in April

In additions to your feed back we would like to see some actual ANPR products. Therefore we plan to invite you to a product demonstration on 22 April 2014 or 23 April 2014.

Further information on the scope of the product demonstration will follow.

Please indicate your interest in participating in such a product demonstration by replying to this question. If you reply as “Anonymous” only the “Site Administrators” will be able to identify you.  

7. April 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Brochures on ANPR products

We would like to receive any brochures on ANPR products that you might have (preferably with pictures of the ANPR products).

Please send such brochures to KIT-ANPG@politi.dk.

7. April 2014 - Anonymous
Questions
Implementation
Supply Quantities

How many  ANPR systems (mobile, fixed and portable) do you plan to purchase? 

Are you planning to start the implementation by the end of this year (2014)?

10. April 2014 - Anonymous
Questions
Implementation
License Plates

In order to better prepare the demo activities, is there any official document available to be shared or institutional website describing in details the set of rules and constraints for danish license plates (size, fonts, allowed chars etc)?

24. April 2014 - Anonymous
Questions
Product specifications
Vehicle based ANPR

Are you looking to acquire new PC's (Laptops etc) as part of this tender or use existing computers already fitted into the vehicle fleet?  How may vehicle are you planning to add the ANPR to?

29. April 2014 - Anonymous
Questions
Implementation
Fixed ANPR for Demo on May 6th

According to the description of the features to be demonstrated for the fixed ANPR system on May 6th, could you please clarify if you are requiring the vendors to bring one fixed ANPR camera to be demonstrated on site (i.e. installed on a tripod road-side) accessing remotely the live feed from the conference room or you want to access remotely one existing camera installed somewhere in Denmark or any foreign country?

  

30. April 2014 - Anonymous
Questions
Commercial terms
The contract is not divided into lots

Does this mean that only manufactures being able to supply both fixed and mobile systems will be considered?

2. Maj 2014 - Per Vorm
Questions
Product specifications
Open System and Sub System Interfaces

From a software architecture point of view, applying the separation of concerns principle, is it to be expected that open (in terms of specifications) interfaces will be required between:

  • remote components/field devices
  • head-end systems/field device resource/element managers (part of central solution)
  • applications (analytics/...) and central database (part of central solution)

27. Maj 2014 - Anonymous
Questions
Commercial terms
Terms of a comming Tender

Do you have a time schedule for the comming Tender, primarily when it will be open and public?  

Will there be a prequalification and a open EU-Tender or will it be a invited tender?

Can you tell where it will be publicized, will you use the Mercell?

Thanks

12. Juni 2014 -
Idea
Commercial terms
Postponement

Please note, that we plan to postpone the scheduled date for start of award procedures i.e. the date that we plan to send an EU contract notice to TED.

Then new date wil probably be in early September, after the summer holidays. We will get back to you on this in late June.

12. Juni 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Placement of fixed cameras

In which way would you recommend placing fixed cameras? (will a camera mounted above the road e.g. give better readings than a camera placed to the side of the road?) Which placement option do your customers typically choose? What is the typical accuracy rate of different placement options? Will one placement option generally result in overall lower costs for the user than others? (e.g. as cheaper cameras can be used or maintenance costs are lower)?

 

17. Juni 2014 -
Questions
Product specifications
Cameras above the road

  • Does your company have experience with mounting of cameras above the road (rather than to the side of the road), e.g.
    • on horizontal mast arms? Do you have any technical solutions allowing for easy maintenance of cameras mounted on e.g. mast arms? (can cameras mounted this way e.g. be moved physically to the side of the road by turning the mast arm?)  
    • on bridges or pedestrian crossings above for example highways? How are these cameras maintained?
 

18. Juni 2014 -
Idea
Commercial terms
2013 POC summary

 

As mentioned in the prior information notices the Danish National Police completed a proof of concept (POC) on automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) in 2013. A summary on the POC is attached. Please do not hesitate to post any questions regarding the POC. All questions posted on or before 27 June 2014 will be answered.

[T] "Vedhæftede dokumenter"
26. Juni 2014 -
Questions
Service and maintenance
Availability

- What is the maximum availability for the mobile ANPR if the supplier delivers the whole ANPR (both HW and SW)
- What is the maximum availability for the mobile ANPR in vehicles with Bifrost, where ANPR-application runs on the client platform (Bifrost HW and SW)
- What is the maximum availability for the stationary cameras