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Introduction to License Plate Recognition

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License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology has become a vital tool in various industries, ranging from insurance fraud detection, repossession, vehicle safety recalls, opt-in commercial marketing, retail crime prevention and beyond. This revolutionary technology uses AI to read and analyze plate information. LPR recognition technology is an innovative tool that, with the right human oversight, can offer countless advantages like efficiency, security and data management. 

What is License Plate Recognition?

License Plate Recognition technology has undergone incredible advancements in recent years, utilizing breakthroughs in AI learning and data analytics. By enabling automatic detection and reading of license plate information from images or video feeds, LPR technology has emerged as a powerful safety, security and efficiency tool across industries. One such innovation in this field is Digital Recognition Network’s (DRN) LPR technology, which utilizes a network of recovery affiliates across the United States that capture publicly visible license plate data using high-performance mobile LPR cameras that can be leveraged across multiple industries, transforming the way businesses operate and ensuring superior results.

Where is LPR Data Useful?

Insurance fraud: The insurance industry grapples with staggering losses due to rampant fraud, costing billions of dollars each year. LPR data, specifically DRN’s LPR data, has emerged as a game-changer in combating insurance scams. DRN’s LPR data enables insurers to detect and prevent three common types of fraud: Garaging Fraud, Pre-existing Damage Fraud, and Unauthorized Commercial Vehicle Use Fraud. With Garage Aware, insurers can easily uncover garaging fraud by verifying vehicle locations and exposing misrepresentations. Picture Proof allows insurers to delve into historical LPR data to detect pre-existing damage fraud by comparing it with claims history. Additionally, DRN’s LPR data helps expose unauthorized commercial vehicle use fraud through Picture Proof as well, allowing insurers to take swift action. With unmatched coverage, real-time alerts, and seamless data integration, DRN revolutionizes the fight against insurance fraud, providing insurers with exceptional capabilities to protect their integrity, combat premium leakage, and ensure fair premiums for honest policyholders.

Organized Retail Crime: Combating retail crime has become a growing concern amongst retailers, which is why many are turning to LPR to tackle this problem. DRN’s extensive database of license plate scans can equip retailers with valuable insights for theft prevention. With purchase or subscription priced LPR cameras in combination with ClientPortal, retailers can be alerted as soon as a vehicle of interest enters the premises which allows them to notify law enforcement  and take action protecting their assets and staff.

Driven Insights: Commercial marketing and lead generation: LPR technology enables businesses to capture license plate data in real-time. Utilizing quick deploy or fixed LPR cameras, the system can instantly read and record the license plate information of any vehicle that enters a specific area or location, like a parking lot in a busy shopping center. This real-time data capture allows businesses to match potential customers with contact information from an opt-in database* to identify leads as soon as they arrive, facilitating immediate follow-up actions. By integrating LPR technology with customer relationship management (CRM) systems or marketing automation platforms, businesses can create highly targeted marketing campaigns. License plate data can be cross-referenced with existing customer profiles or segmented based on specific criteria such as location, vehicle type, or past interactions. This data-driven approach allows businesses to tailor their marketing messages and offers through direct mail marketing or targeted ad campaigns, increasing the chances of converting leads into customers.

Repossession and asset recovery: Traditionally, asset recovery solutions and repossession involved manually searching for assets using limited information such as addresses or physical descriptions. This process was time-consuming, expensive, and often ineffective. DRN Data’s location intelligence platform automates the search process. Our platform, DRNsights+ goes beyond simple license plate recognition and incorporates advanced analytics to help asset recovery professionals make informed decisions, identify potential risks, improve collections activities and develop the most effective strategies for repossession. This data-driven approach minimizes overhead, maximizes recovery rates, and reduces operational costs. 


LPR technology has transformed multiple industries, providing unprecedented efficiency, and security capabilities. With its ability to automatically capture, read, and analyze license plate information, LPR technology offers invaluable advantages in repossession and asset recovery, insurance fraud detection, opt-in commercial marketing, and organized retail crime prevention.

*Marketing database not available in every state.