Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), also termed automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), is a method to read alphanumeric characters on the license plates of vehicles by using optical character recognition. ANPR is considered one of the most effective methods for tackling traffic issues. The overall system is divided into two phases: the first is to capture images of the license plate, and the second stage comprises image processing to recognize characters on the plate with the help of software.
Automatic number plate recognition systems are rapidly becoming a crucial part of maintaining security and order in traffic management. Apart from this, ANPR is also used for many other applications, such as car park management, journey time analysis, weighbridges, and automatic tolling systems. A typical ANPR comprises two main components. The first component is the image-acquiring camera, which captures the image of the license plate of an automobile. The latter is a computer equipped with number plate recognition software that processes the captured image.
The most common application of ANPR is in the law enforcement department for effective traffic management. With the overall rise of illegal activities such as motor vehicle theft and overspeeding, the demand for ANPR systems is estimated to remain strong in the coming years. Furthermore, market growth is anticipated as a result of increased efforts by market participants toward product enhancement.
ANPR manufacturers are striving to develop an improved system to capture images even in hostile conditions such as motion blur, defocusing blur, poor lighting, and severe angles. Consequently, the market has become quite competitive over the past few years. Strong players are focused on the automation of services such as automatic toll collection, automatic car park systems, and automatic gas station services.
The report titled “Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) System: Growth, Future Prospects, and Competitive Landscape, 2016–2023” offers strategic insights into the global ANPR system market along with the market size and estimates for the duration of 2013–2023.
The said research study covers an in-depth analysis of multiple market segments based on application, end-user, and cross-sectional studies across different geographies. The study covers the comparative analysis of different segments for the years 2013 and 2023. The report also provides a prolific view of market dynamics, such as market drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
The report also includes competitive profiling of the leading ANPR manufacturers, their business strategy analysis, market positioning, and key developments to assist strategic decision-makers.Some of the major players profiled in the report are: Digital Recognition Systems Ltd., NDI Recognition Systems Ltd., Vigilant Solutions Inc., Siemens AG, 3M, Bosch Security Systems, COBAN Technologies, Vysionics Intelligent Traffic Solutions Ltd., SensysGatso, Redflex Traffic System, and others.
Other in-depth analysis provided in the report includes:
- Current and future market trends to justify the forthcoming attractive markets within the automatic number plate recognition industry
- Market fullers, market impediments, and their impact on market growth
- in-depth competitive environment analysis
- Trailing 2-year market size data (2013–2015)
- SRC (Segment, Region, Country) Analysis
Overall, the research study provides a holistic view of the global automatic number recognition system, offering market size and estimates for the period from 2016 to 2023, keeping in mind the above-mentioned factors.
The global automatic number plate recognition market is segmented, based on its applications, into the following categories:
- Security and surveillance
- Toll enforcement
- Vehicle parking
- Traffic management
The ANPR system is used across various applications, such as automobile security and surveillance, toll enforcement, vehicle parking, and traffic management. Among these, security and surveillance constitute the largest revenue segment of the global ANPR systems market. The segment is also among the fastest-growing applications of the ANPR system, making it the most lucrative segment in the coming years.
The overall demand for ANPR systems is estimated to remain slow in the toll management segment, primarily due to the growing adoption of automated toll collection systems. In addition, the segment has less penetration of the ANPR system and is still dependent upon employing humans for toll collection, especially in developing economies. Further, the automated parking sector is estimated to witness strong growth during the forecast period. With smart utilization of space by applying multistoried parking facilities, the sector may emerge lucrative for the overall ANPR system industry in the coming years.
The global automatic number plate recognition market is segmented, based on its end-user, into the following categories:
- Traffic department
- Homeland security
The ANPR system is being adopted both by the government and the commercial sector for a variety of applications. The ANPR system is primarily used for homeland security within the government sector. Due to rising instances related to theft as well as transit crimes, this segment is estimated to exhibit high growth in the forthcoming years. Governments of countries such as the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, and others have adopted ANPR systems for security, surveillance, law enforcement, and defense applications. As a result, the overall ANPR system market in the aforementioned countries is expected to grow steadily in the coming years.
The overall demand for ANPR systems in the commercial sector is estimated to follow that in the government sector. Commercial sectors in developing cities are adopting ANPR systems for effective vehicle management. In addition, automatic number plate recognition systems are also being installed in dedicated car parks. With growing commercial sectors and increasing demand for effective car parking systems, ANPR systems have been adopted in recent times. Consequently, these factors are expected to spur the overall automatic number plate recognition market during the forecast period.
The global market for automatic number plate recognition systems has been segmented on the basis of geographical regions, as per the following regions and countries:
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- South Korea
- South-east Asia
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East & Africa
- GCC Countries
- South Africa
- Rest of the Middle East and Africa
As of 2015, the automatic number plate recognition market worldwide was dominated by the European region. Countries such as the U.K., Italy, Germany, and France are among the earliest to adopt the ANPR system to counter traffic management issues. In addition, Europe enjoys the strong presence of major ANPR system manufacturers, which further supports market growth. Strong technological acceptance and easy availability of systems have made Europe monopolize the overall automatic number plate recognition market.
As of 2015, North America surpassed the European region in terms of revenue in the global ANPR system market. The ANPR system has been widely adopted in the United States, with no established legal framework limiting its use. Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing market for ANPR systems. The rise in demand for automobiles in developing countries in the Asia Pacific, including China, Japan, India, and others, is expected to be promising for growth in the ANPR system market during the forecast period.