Tuesday, August 18, 2009

An Idea: Vehicle Reader

Traffic Police (in Bahrain) make a phone call to the main office to get the details of a given car by specifying the plate number.

So if they want to know if a car is registered or not, they either stop the car or take the number and call the office.

The Idea
Here is the idea with a proof of concept that make this process much easier.

Install a Gadget in Police cars that can scan and read and interpret Cars plat numbers. The plate no. is sent via a GPRS to a web service where it connects to the Car registration database and fetch all these information.

1. Registration Date
2. Number of Tickets
3. Owner Name
4. Last Ticket date
5. Car Color
6. Car Picture
7. Number of Accidents
8. Insurance information

Here is the beauty of all these, it directly displays these information with a green matrix like font on the Car front mirror.

Now the police officer just points that reader on a given car plate number while driving to fetch all this information, and only if necessary he stops the car.

I don't know if this is already implemented but I guess it will be an added value. Moreover its not so expensive to develop.


  1. so, Is this process has been completed in Bahrain? or not yet..
    i think its very flexible usage for the police office

  2. maybe something similar but not exactly like this

    thanks for dropping by manna

  3. This raises legal issues:
    - in France and Hungary police can stop you without a warrant (Civil Law), but not in UK or US (Common Law), which applies in BH?
    - radar photography to catch speeders is allowed in the UK (speeding is a de-facto infraction), but no the US (challenged in court and banned)
    - a recent UK/IRL OGC meeting featured a speaker who highlighted the lack of legal knowledge among GIS-ers, and vice-versa

  4. WOOW
    that is really amusing
    I didn't think of it in a legal way
    sure it will raise some legal issues

    thanks for that Andrew


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