Kansas Patent of the Month – June 2023

In the realm of law enforcement and first responders, mobile recording systems have become invaluable tools for documenting events, collecting evidence, and enhancing training. One crucial aspect of these recording systems is the ability to capture legible license plate data. However, capturing clear images of license plates or other identifiable vehicle markings can be challenging due to factors such as motion, darkness, and interference from sources like light, smoke, or fog. To address this issue, Digital Ally, an innovative company in the field of video recording systems for law enforcement, has developed a groundbreaking solution that significantly improves the legibility of license plate data.

Digital Ally’s video recording system incorporates advanced technologies and methods to increase the likelihood of capturing at least one frame in which a license plate or other identifiable vehicle marking is legible. The system comprises multiple video recording devices and a recording device manager, which includes a processor and memory. The processor is programmed to perform a series of steps to achieve optimal recording attributes and capture legible alpha-numeric data.

The system’s operation begins by activating the first video recording device to record video data and audio data using predefined standard recording attributes. The recorded data is then saved to the memory. Simultaneously, the second video recording device is activated to record video data using successive multiple values for at least one recording attribute. The processor dynamically modifies the value of the recording attribute until at least one image frame of legible alpha-numeric data is identified. This identified frame is then saved to the memory.

To ensure efficient data organization, the processor extracts the legible alpha-numeric data from the saved image frame and attaches it as metadata to the corresponding video and audio data from the first recording device. The system provides flexibility in identifying the legible frames by offering automatic identification or manual identification as needed.

Moreover, the video recording system incorporates triggers for activation. These triggers can be based on audible signals, sensed location or speed of the recording device, or manual activation. The system’s versatility extends to the types of recording devices used, including portable devices worn by users and devices mounted to vehicles. In this way, the system can be activated by the officer speaking out “record license plate” or something similar.

Digital Ally’s video recording system represents a significant leap forward in capturing legible license plate data. By combining cutting-edge technology, intelligent algorithms, and user-friendly interfaces, the system empowers law enforcement agencies to achieve higher levels of efficiency and accuracy in their operations. Through constant research and development efforts, Digital Ally continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the field of video recording and data capture.

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