PIPS Technology Forms License Plate Recognition Industry Consortium

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Federal Signal Corporation's Safety and Security Systems Group, a leader in advancing security and well-being, announced today that its PIPS Technology subsidiary is establishing an industry consortium to develop a data exchange protocol to enable interoperability and data sharing among the various automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) systems on the market.

PIPS' Back Office System Software (BOSS) networking architecture provides the ability to easily share ALPR data within the public safety community. As an example, BOSS enables the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Advanced Surveillance and Protection Program (ASAP) to monitor their network deployment of PIPS fixed and mobile ALPR systems. BOSS is networked across numerous law enforcement agencies throughout California, which enables any individual agency to benefit from the investments of multiple law enforcement agencies.

ALPR technology continues to see increased use and acceptance around the world. In October 2007 , at the 114th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), a resolution was adopted by the IACP that supported license plate recognition. This resolution outlined several benefits of ALPR technology, encouraged its use, and prompted the U.S. Congress to supply adequate funding opportunities for agencies interested in deploying ALPR technology in their communities.

To help maximize an agency's investment in ALPR technology, PIPS is leading the effort to develop a common data exchange protocol for the ALPR vendor community. Defining this standard will result in improved data mining and analysis capabilities across various vendor systems within the law enforcement community.

"We are always listening to the need of our law enforcement customers to better protect people, property and the environment in their communities, and we are committed to continuous improvement for the benefit of the customer, not just from within, but for the public safety and security industry as a whole," said Alan Sefton , President of PIPS Technology. "Enabling our customers to share data between various internal and external ALPR systems will drive better competition, speed continued innovation, and ultimately result in a better solution for the law enforcement community as a whole."

The consortium will collectively establish a name and logo identity to inform customers that they are a member company. PIPS Technology has extended invitations to the leading ALPR providers in the Americas, and invites interested parties to contact PIPS' Vice President of Marketing Brian Shockley at brian.shockley@pipstechnology.com, for additional consortium details.

Federal Signal's PIPS ALPR systems are part of Federal Signal's interoperable industry platform that advances public safety and security in communities and workplaces around the world.

About PIPS Technology

PIPS Technology, a Federal Signal Company, is a pioneer and the international market leader in the design and manufacture of automated license plate recognition technology and optical character recognition software. With over 12,000 cameras installed worldwide, PIPS continues to set the standard for both mobile and fixed system deployments across a wide range of applications. For more information visit http://www.pipstechnology.com.

About Federal Signal

Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS) is a leader in advancing security and well-being for communities and workplaces around the world. The Company designs and manufactures a suite of products and integrated solutions for municipal, governmental, industrial and airport customers. Federal Signal's portfolio of trusted, high-priority products include Bronto aerial devices, Elgin and Ravo street sweepers, E-ONE fire apparatus, Federal Signal safety and security systems, Guzzler industrial vacuums, Jetstream waterblasters and Vactor sewer cleaners. In addition, the company operates consumable industrial tooling businesses. Federal Signal was founded in 1901 and is based in Oak Brook, Illinois. http://www.federalsignal.com

SOURCE Federal Signal Corporation's Safety and Security Systems Group