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Meraki Camera Integration

Customers with Meraki cameras can easily get Plate Recognizer LPR! Just follow the steps below:

Configure Motion Detection in Meraki Camera

Step 1.1. Log into your Meraki Dashboard online.

Step 1.2. Select Cameras from menu on left. Then, select the particular camera to integrate with Plate Recognizer.

Step 1.3. Click on Settings > Motion Alerts. Here, you will see the various capabilities to set up your motion detection. Make sure Include Motion Recap Image is enabled.

Step 1.4. Under Area of Interest, click on Enabled. Here, you can set the specific area for the motion detection to trigger. All other areas that are not selected will be ignored.

Step 1.5. Under Settings > Video Settings, if needed, you can set the zoom level, focus and aperature for the camera.  Refer to our Camera Settings for Best LPR guide.

Stuck? Contact Us for assistance.

Set Meraki Camera Webhooks to Plate Recognizer

Now that you have set up motion detection on your Meraki camera, you can now configure the camera to send the image over to Plate Recognizer when motion is detected.

Step 2.1. From the left menu, go to Network-wide > Alerts. At the bottom of that page, you will see the Webhooks.

Step 2.2. Click on button to Add an HTTP server. Specify a name, such as Plate Recognizer.

Step 2.3. If you have one or more regions to specify, enter the URL below.  Make sure to change the xx to your specific region.  Refer to ALPR API documentation for details.

URL: https://api.platerecognizer.com/v1/meraki/plate-reader/?regions=xx

If you do not want to use our region parameter, then enter this URL below:

URL: https://api.platerecognizer.com/v1/meraki/plate-reader/

To add Vehicle Make, Model and Color detection, add &mmc=true to the above URL.

Please note that the free trial API cloud plan has a 1 lookup per second limit. If you send more than 1 lookup per second, the other image(s) within that second will be ignored by our snapshot API cloud.

Step 2.4.  For the Shared Secret, copy and paste the Plate Recognizer API Token.  You can get that in your Plate Recognizer Account Page

Step 2.5. Once the Webhook is set up, you can add the Webhook in the Default Recipients under Alert Settings. To do so, just type in the name of the Webhook (e.g. Plate Recognizer).

NOTE: As of May 15, 2020, based on our assessment, the send test webhooks feature does not work. Also, it takes roughly 2 minutes for the camera to send the webhooks info over to plate recognizer. We have notified our friends at meraki of these two issues.

Step 2.6. Click Save. Please note that the Camera Name and Meraki Timestamp will be passed on over via the Webhook automatically.

You’re done!  Go here to see some helpful Tips on Camera Setup for ALPR

Stuck? Check out Contact Us for assistance.

See Results

Step 3.1. View the ALPR results in your Plate Recognizer Dashboard. To access the Dashboard, just sign in to your Plate Recognizer Account.

Step 3.2. 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.

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