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Meraki Camera Integration

We have created a clean, effective way to get license plate recognition with Meraki cameras.  This integration utilizes our MQTT Broker to “listen” to real-time events from the camera. This integration requires each camera to have a Meraki MV Sense license.  If this is your organization’s first time using MV Sense, you will have 10 free perpetual licenses available to use. Watch our 3 minute video of Plate Rec ALPR with Meraki!

Request Certificate from Plate Recognizer

Step 1.1.  After you sign up on Plate Recognizer, go to app.platerecognizer.com/start/camera-software

Step 1.2.  Select Integrate with camera software.  

 

 

 

 

Step 1.3.  Click on Request Certificate blue button.

Please wait up to 12 hours for us to approve your account.  We only approve accounts with a valid business email address

Once account is approved, you will receive an email notification with the CA Certificate.

Meraki ALPR
Meraki ALPR request certificate

Create Meraki Dashboard API Key

We require a Meraki Dashboard API Key so that we can retrieve the images from your camera.

For security reasons, we recommend that you create a new admin user to manage just the cameras that require ALPR. 

This way, Plate Recognizer will only have access to a specific network and cameras within that specific network.  Please do NOT share your entire organization.  Read Create New Organization in Meraki.

Step 2.1.  Go to Organization > Configure > Administrators and click on Create Admin.

ALPR Cisco Meraki License Recognition Plate Dashboard Key

Step 2.2.  To generate a new API Key, navigate to My Profile in the top right corner then scroll down to the API access section.

ALPR Cisco Meraki License Plate Recognition API Key

Activate Meraki API Key

Step 3.1.  Once you have done the above steps, go to app.platerecognizer.com/activate/meraki/

Step 3.2.  Enter your Meraki API Key that you just created in the steps above.

Step 3.3.  Enter the Country Code(s), such as us-fl for Florida or gb for the United Kingdom.  Full Country Codes can be found here.

ALPR Cisco Meraki License Plate Recognition Activate Camera

Auto-Configure MQTT Broker

NOTE: You can configure the MQTT Broker yourself or opt for the system to do that for you automatically.  Please skip to Step 5 to self-configure MQTT or read below to auto-configure.

Step 4.1.  In order to auto-configure MQTT Broker, the Meraki API Key must have full access to the organiztion.  To check this, go to Organizations > Configure > Administrators and click the appropriate email.

If the Organization Access shows “full”, then you can proceed with auto-configuration of the MQTT Broker.

Meraki Camera ALPR Auto Configure MQTT

Step 4.2.  Once you have full access, go back to app.platerecognizer.com/activate/meraki/ and click Create MQTT Broker.

Meraki Camera License Plate Recognition Auto Configure MQTT

Step 4.3. Enter the Camera Serial Number. You can get this from Camera/My Camera/Network on the Meraki Admin page.

Once successful, you will be redirected to the Preview Meraki Camera page.

Meraki Camera ANPR Auto Configure MQTT

Self-Configure MQTT Broker

NOTE: If you successfully went through Step 4, then you can skip this section and proceed to Step 6.

Step 5.1. Log into your Meraki Dashboard online.

Step 5.2. Navigate to Cameras > Monitor > Cameras and select the camera you would like to enable MV Sense on.

Meraki ALPR ANPR Camera Selection

Step 5.3.  Once the camera is selected, go to Settings > Sense.

Step 5.4.  Click Enabled to activate MQTT settings.

Step 5.5.  To enable MQTT on your camera and create a new MQTT broker configuration click Add or edit MQTT Brokers.

ALPR Cisco Meraki License Plate Recognition MV Sense

Step 5.6.  Enter the following information for your MQTT Broker:

    1. Broker Name – Name for the broker (e.g. PlateRecognizer).
    2. Hostmqtt.platerecognizer.com
    3. Port – 8883
    4. Security – Enable TLS. 
    5. CA Cert PEMUpload the CA signed certificate we sent you.
    6. TLS Hostname verification – Disabled.
ALPR Cisco Meraki License Plate MQTT Broker

Test Connection, Camera

Step 6.1.  Test the connection between the camera and the broker to ensure communication.

After adding the MQTT Broker, the Settings page should look like the screenshot on the right.

Please note that:

  • The Test Connection button only works if the CA file has just been added.  When it is showing “Certificate saved to cloud”, it does not work.
  • However, the MQTT connection works even when the Test Correction button fails.
  • We have raised this issue to the Meraki team under Case Number 05754663.
ALPR Cisco Meraki License Plate Recognition MQTT Broker Set

Step 6.2.  Go to Test Meraki Camera.

Step 6.3.  Enter the Camera Serial Number.  You can get this from Cameras/My Camera/Network on the Meraki Admin page.

You should see a frame from the camera feed.  If you do not, then please revisit Step 2.1 and beyond.

Please note that for the MV52 camera, MV Sense object detection requires installation of MV4.16 Beta.  This is captured in Cisco Meraki Case 07655357.

Meraki Camera Preview ANPR number plate recognition

You’re done!

Please wait up to 1 hour and you can see results in the Plate Recognizer Dashboard. 

Now, with our MQTT Integration with Meraki cameras, when a vehicle is detected by MV Sense, the image will be sent to Plate Recognizer Snapshot Cloud to decode the vehicle plate. 

You can optionally use webhooks to integrate the ALPR results with your existing application or system.

Or, you can also forward the ALPR results to ParkPow for a full analytics dashboard with optional parking management features.

Stuck?  Go to Help Center for immediate assistance.

See Results in PR Dashboard

Step 7.1. View the ALPR results in your Plate Recognizer Dashboard. To access the Dashboard, just sign in to your Plate Recognizer Account.

Please note that the PR Dashboard is just a simple dashboard to help you with camera placement, configuration, etc.

ALPR license plate recognition dashboard

Step 7.2. Click on the Images tab to view the images sent to Plate Recognizer that did not result in a license plate decoded. This tab can help you better configure the camera settings.

Plate Recognizer ALPR Online Dashboard Images

See Results in ParkPow

The best way to view the ALPR results is on ParkPow!  Our sister company, ParkPow provides a full ALPR Dashboard and Parking Management solution so you can:

  • Search vehicles by plate, timeframe, site, type, color, etc.
  • Enforce parking policies (e.g. 3 hour limit for guests).
  • Create custom alerts and get notified when specific vehicles (e.g. denied, visitor) arrive.
  • See and track full vehicle details with Vehicle CRM.
  • Easily integrate data from other systems.   

You can optionally use webhooks to forward the ALPR results with your existing application or system.

 

ALPR Dashboard Overview Chart for license plate recognition

Step 8.1. After sign up on ParkPow with your Plate Recognizer ID.

Step 8.2.  Get your ParkPow API Token.

Step 8.3. Go to Plate Recognizer Dashboard Settings.  

Step 8.4.  Click the slider to forward identification data to ParkPow.

Step 8.5.  Enter the ParkPow API Token (from Step 7.2) and click Save. 

Need Help?

Able to see LPR results in ParkPow?  If not, then make sure to:

  • Set up the camera correctly for LPR.  See Camera Setup for Best ALPR.
  • Double-check the steps to Configure MQTT Broker.  Refer to Steps 4 or 5.

If you are still stuck, then Contact Us and include a screenshot of a vehicle passing through the camera.

 

Camera Setup Best ANPR Zoom

Need Help with LPR?

Let us know and we’d be happy to assist.