This driver provides the ability to take an image from any camera or URL (supports Basic AND Digest authentication) and read a number plate from it!
You can use the driver to automatically open your gate, for example, when a specific number plate comes up to it. You can also use the image taken and used by the driver as part of a Control4 Push Notification!
The driver stores the license plate and the confidence (0-100) as variables. This means you can program based of the license plate! For example, if the number plate is not in your programming list then announce it over the speakers using our text to speech driver!
View the documentation to get full details on how to use all of the available features.
If the camera you are integrating with has a Control4 driver click on the Control4 driver and go to the Camera Test Tab and then click the button Get Snapshot URL and copy that URL into the ANPR drivers Image URL property box. If you do not have a Control4 driver for the camera you are using you will most likely need to search online to find the URL for the snapshot image. This is not just the cameras IP but the IP combined with a complete URL structure that goes directly to the snapshot image.
For authorization, that is normally required. You can test whether it is by visiting the URL in an incognito browser window and seeing if you are prompted for a username and password. If you are then you need to carry on filling the next settings out. If you aren’t the following settings can be left blank or as their default values.
The authorization type can be either Basic or Digest. You should try both and see which one works for you. You can also check this if you have a driver for the camera installed on Control4. The camera driver properties will show you what is being used for your camera – Basic or Digest.
Username & Password
If you visit the URL in the incognito browser window and need to enter a username and password please enter the correct ones in these fields.
Testing The Image
To test whether the driver is working go to the actions tab in Composer and press Test Image Capture. Then go to the lua tab and have a look at what is outputted. It will seem like gibberish but it is the Base64 representation of what the driver finds using the details you entered.
You should visit the above link and paste in the Base64 text. Once you press “Decode Base64 to File” you should see the image if you have entered everything correctly. If you don’t see the correct image then you should look at what is outputted and update the properties.
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OpenALPR Sign Up
You now need to get the API key for OpenALPR. This process is shown in the video opposite. You then need to enter the API key in the Driver Properties. You must also choose a region. The available regions and their region code are shown in the driver documentation.
Once the key and the region are entered you can go to the driver actions and press Test Image Capture and Plate Detection. If you then look at the Lua output you will find the results of the detection. If you don’t see any output then set your Log Level to 3 – Info and Log Mode to Print.
The driver includes two variables: License Plate and Confidence Level. The License Plate will contain the license plate detected in the last image. This will be an uppercase string with NO spaces. The Confidence Level will be a float number between 0 and 100 showing the confidence level of the recognition.
The driver itself has a programming event called License Plate Detected. This will fire when a license plate has been detected. At this point, you can use the variables to program something to happen. For example, if the License Plate is “AB12CDE” then Open the gate and turn on a room light.
The driver contains a programming action that must be used to trigger the fetching of an image and detection of a plate. The action is called Fetch Image And Detect License Plate. You would normally trigger this action when motion is detected on a sensor or an active beam sensor is broken.
The driver also supports push notification attachments. In the Push Notifications agent you can choose an attachment and this driver has an option to send the last recorded image as a push notification. The image is only updated when a License Plate is detected. If no plate is detected no image is set.
BlackWire Driver Manager
This driver requires BlackWire Driver Manager and OS 3+ to work.
- Ensure that number plates are always stored in uppercase
- Add PlateRecognizer support to OS 2.10.6
- Update documentation
- Update Plate Recognizer Support
- Update documentation with PlateRecognizer support
- Added PlateRecognizer support
- Text fixes
- Better performance on director
- License updates
- Versioning fix
- Full Release
- Initial Release