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Upload an image (up to 3MB) and we’ll decode the license plate.

Plate Recognizer Advantages

You know the old adage, “Speed, quality, price: pick any two?” The Venn diagram center of this widely accepted project philosophy is considered an impossibility. Yet, in the world of license plate recognition software, Plate Recognizer has hit the trifecta in claiming that elusive center spot. We earned ALPR supreme status in comparison to OpenALPR, as well as alternatives to OpenALPR, by literally creating license plate recognition technology that is cheaper, faster, and more accurate.

Despite our achievements, however, we remain humble and stay true in our constant pursuit of excellence.

To prove our case as an elite Automatic License Plate Software solution, check out the Cost and Accuracy Comparisons below. Oh, and don’t forget about the technical support too!

Save Up To 72%

Sure, we are in business to make money, but that doesn’t mean we need to take advantage of you to succeed.*

Strong Accuracy

We took some sample images and ran them in both engines.  See our detailed assessment below.*

Fast Response

We view ALPR as mission-critical.  Connect with us right away to get things going fast.

Cost Comparison | Plate Recognizer vs. OpenALPR

We know that cost is important for any technology spend.  Whether you are looking to deploy LPR for one site or bundling our software into your solution, we’re here to make this a win-win.  See our cost analysis below is for Plate Recognizer Snapshot and OpenALPR CarCheck API.*

OpenALPR Cost Comparison free trial
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Accuracy Comparison

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Head-to-head, our plate recognition module outperformed OpenALPR in several instances, from blur distances and steeper angles to off-center and non-standard license plate configurations.

We’re not surprised, as we are constantly iterating our software by adding images to our plate recognition library to boost accuracy under less optimal conditions. Our clients enjoy a new software engine drop every 3-6 weeks. Because every additional license plate we get right gives our clients one more data point to improve the safety, security, and efficiency for the community they serve.

We ran some sample images from various countries in both engines.  Click on image to expand.  Please do your own tests to assess accuracy!*

Plate Recognizer

Open ALPR alternative for license plates at an angle
Open ALPR alternative for blurry license plates
Open ALPR alternative for low resolution license plates
Open ALPR alternative for stacked character license plates
Open ALPR comparison for stacked characters
Open ALPR Comparison Bumper Stickers Plate Recognition ANPR ALPR
Open ALPR comparison for tough fonts
Open ALPR comparison for vanity license plates
Open ALPR comparison for night time plates


OpenALPR alternative for license plates at an angle
OpenALPR alternative for blurry license plates
OpenALPR alternative for dark license plates
OpenALPR alternative for low resolution license plates
OpenALPR comparison for stacked characters
OpenALPR comparison for plates with 2 lines
OpenALPR Comparison Bumper Stickers Plate Reader ANPR ALPR
OpenALPR comparison for tough fonts
OpenALPR comparison for icons on plates
OpenALPR comparison for vanity license plates
OpenALPR comparison for night time license plates

Customer Support Comparison

We pride ourselves on awesome support because we know how mission-critical ALPR is. When needed, our developers engage directly to help you resolve the issues at hand.  And, we’re very open to seeking your input into our roadmap so we can grow together.

While this topic of Customer Support is a tough one to compare, we recommend you contact Plate Recognizer and OpenALPR to see for yourself.

Our Passion in License Plate Recognition

Plate recognition is our passion. We’ve succeeded where others have failed by relentlessly pursuing perfection in our quest to recognize number plates with 100% accuracy. Why? Because the closer we get to 100% accuracy, the more significant our contribution to helping make your community safer and your operations more efficient.

Unlike other solutions, we built our machine learning ALPR engine from scratch, pairing Silicon Valley innovation with EU precision, finished off with a dash of Californian optimism.  That optimism helped us support organizations needing accurate license plate recognition data around the world, from the US and Brazil to Germany and Thailand.

Our biggest challenge was cracking the code in India, where one person dies every 4 minutes in a speed-related road casualty. Indians have everything going against them, from a dizzying 50 different types of license plates (each with different styles, fonts, colors, and sizes) to low-quality cameras. According to our research, India’s accuracy rates hovered around 70% in an industry where 90%+ is the minimum expectation. After months of intense work and daily iterations, our ANPR accuracy rates exploded. Now our customers are seeing over 95% accuracy there and even higher in other global markets. With our lightening fast ALPR software, it’s no wonder why we won the trust of Mahindra, one of the top 40 largest firms in India.

Check out some of the features that we nerd out about. Together, the benefit of these features is a more accurate APLR solution, which translates to greater security and more efficient operations, so you can provide a superior solution to the customers and communities you serve!

Plate Recognizer Solution

Highly Accurate

Our algo handles plates that are blurry, dark, angled, with double-stack characters, and more.

Images & Videos

We handle both. Snapshot decodes plates from images. Stream identifies and decodes plates from live cameras.


Get vehicle region, make, model, color, classification; Webhooks, Dashboard, and more!

On-Premise & Cloud

Both Snapshot and Stream can run on-premise without Internet access. We have a Cloud version too!

Fast, Nimble

Snapshot has an inference speed of 50-100 ms and Stream can process 4 cameras at once on a mid-range CPU.

Proven Globally

Our ALPR engine supports over 90 countries and is tuned to your specific region.

Feature-Rich ALPR & Plate Recogntion Library

ALPR ANPR License Plate Recognition Software
  • License Plate: pl8rec
  • Type: Sedan
  • Make: BMW
  • Model: 3 series
  • Color: Blue
  • Region: USA
  • Orientation: Rear
  • Plate score: 0.9
  • Detection Score: 0.9
  • Bounding Box: (320,190), (460,250)

Love from Around the World

The Plate Recognizer team has been second to none as we developed our product. They are our partners for the long term!

Caleb W., CEO

Plate Rec is highly responsive to our business and technical needs.

Giancarlo T., Product Manager

Plate Rec ALPR is powerful and accurate. We are thankful for a fruitful partnership.

Renato L., CTO

The Plate Rec team is always there to support us whenever we need it.

Dinh T, CEO

We selected Plate Rec after some rigorous benchmarking — and never looked back!

Ramkumar S, Director
USA & India

Plate Rec is committed to our success and is super-easy to work with!

Sacha D., CTO

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Over 200 Countries Supported

We support over 200 countries today!

* DISCLAIMERS.  Cost Comparison analysis is baesd on published website pricing as of January 19, 2021.  Since OpenALPR provides other products (some with hardware included), we only analyzed CarCheck API prices.  Accuracy Comparison analysis is based on the latest versions of ALPR software (Snapshot Cloud and CarCheck API) as of January 19, 2021.  Images were randomly selected across a variety of countries and are not intended to reflect the actual images used for testing by customers.  For details on the methodoly on Angle, Blur Distance, Lightness Level and Pixel Plate Width analysis, pleaes refer to the Methodology section of ALPR Results.  Plate Recognizer does not claim to have a better ALPR engine, a cheaper ALPR software or better customer support compared with any ALPR software vendor.  The analysis on this page is for illustration purposes only.  We encourage all customers to perform their own tests in the areas of ALPR costs, accuracy, and customer support.

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