The BACSA Revised Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Programme


To provide a vehicle identification system which will be used by Government and the private sector to reduce, prevent and combat vehicle crime and crime in general.

Problem statement

Transportation is a base need of any industry. This is true for crime as for any legitimate business. Thus, if the required action is taken regarding vehicles affected by and used in crime, the overall occurrence of crime can be decreased. Effective identification and feed of such identification data is key in such activities. Human resources such as informants are not reliable.


  •  The revised ANPR model is in place; for more effective and reduced institutional risk with less effort to be applied by BAC.
  • Extend coverage of ANPR nationally.
  • Current number plate reads amount to approximately 500 000 per month.
  • Real-time comparison with SAPS circulation data.
  • BAC Provinces fully integrated into the management of the project outcomes.


  •  Funding
  •  Legibility of plates on vehicles, local and foreign
  •  The accuracy of automatically reading a number plate
  •  Breakdown of communication processes
  •  Capacity of central processing and storage
  •  Misuse of collected data
  •  Ineffective use of confirmed sightings
  •  Threat by commercial suppliers of the same kind of processing


The budget per year is R 5,2 million rand which includes the project management, provision and maintenance of software, camera site maintenance, wide area networks and data and the increased footprint of the network.

Exit Strategy

Transfer an operative function to Government and then take a monitoring role.