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Milesight Camera ALPR Integration

We have created a simple, elegant, cost-effective way to get ALPR for Milesight Cameras!

Basically, upon motion or vehicle detection, the Milesight Camera sends an image via FTP to Snapshot Cloud.  We analyze the image for license plate recognition and show results in the PR Dashboard (which can be forwarded to the ParkPow ALPR Dashboard).

Milesight Camera ALPR FTP Logo

Milesight Cameras with just motion detection are suitable for use-cases where vehicle speeds are under 35 mph (e.g. parking, drive-thru).  Cameras with vehicle detection can support faster vehicle speeds (e.g. street and highway monitoring).

The integration works for the following Milesight Cameras below.  An * indicates that the camera has vehicle detection.

  • AI 12x
  • AI 12x/20/x/23x
  • AI 180° Mini
  • AI 180° Mini Dome
  • AI 23x
  • AI 360° Fisheye
  • AI 36x
  • AI 3X
  • AI 4X
  • AI 4x/12x
  • AI 5x/20x/23x
  • AI IR
  • AI Motorized
  • AI Pro
  • AI Vandal
  • AI Weather
  • AIOT 4x/12x

Request FTP Service from Plate Recognizer

Step 1.1. Sign up on Plate Recognizer.

Step 1.2. Click on Start Page in the Top Navigation Bar.  Then, click on Integrate with Camera Software.

Step 1.3. Click to request for FTP.

Step 1.4.  Please wait up to 24 hours for approval.  Once approved, you will receive an email with your FTP credentials.

TIP: Make sure to check your spam folder in case the email’s there.

Camera ALPR FTP license plate recognition

Configure FTP Settings

Step 2.1.  In your Plate Recognizer FTP page, you can create a sub-directory for each camera.  The sub-directory name is used as the camera name.

Step 2.2.  Enter the Country Code(s), such as us-fl for Florida or gb for the United Kingdom.  Full Country Codes can be found here.

Camera ALPR FTP Folder Settings Plate Recognition

Set Up Camera FTP

Read through your camera instruction manual on how to set up Push Notifications.  As an example, see Page 76 of the Milesight PTZ Network Camera User Manual.

Depending on the camera, the Push Notificaitons can be triggered based on the following events and more:

  • Vehicle detection.
  • Motion detection – where you can define the motion area.
  • Line crossing.
  • Intrusion.

Step 3.1. In your camera UI, go to the FTP Settings.

Fill in the information below.

  1. Server IP:
  2. Port No: (Leave Blank)
  3. Username: (Email of your Plate Recognizer account)
  4. Password: (Refer to the FTP credentials in our email)

When done, click Save.

Now, based on the Notifications you’ve set, the Milesight Camera will send an image to our FTP in our cloud.

Once an image is processed, it is immediately removed from the FTP server.

See Results

Step 4.1. View the ALPR results in your Plate Recognizer Dashboard. To access the Dashboard, just sign in to your Plate Recognizer Account

ALPR license plate recognition dashboard

You can also easily forward the ALPR results over to 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, including our Gate Opener.

See the simple steps to integrate with ParkPow in under 5 seconds!

Alternatively, you can forward the ALPR results via webhooks to your system.

ALPR Dashboard Overview Chart for license plate recognition

Some Good Tips

Getting good ALPR results?  If not, then make sure to:

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.

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