ZEn­ergy has launched new li­cence-platere­cog­ni­tion soft­ware to try to stop fuel thieves in the act. “This tech­nol­ogy, cou­pled with Z’s cutting-edge dig­i­tal CCTV tech­nol­ogy, is al­ready mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence on Z sites, par­tic­u­larly in pre­vent­ing ‘drive offs’, which cost Z around $1.5M per year,” says Z’s general man­ager of re­tail, Mark Forsyth. “When we iden­tify a ve­hi­cle in­volved in a drive off, the num­ber plate is cap­tured in the sys­tem. If that ve­hi­cle comes onto any Z site again, the tech­nol­ogy im­me­di­ately rec­og­nizes the plate, fo­cuses cam­eras on the ve­hi­cle and driver, and turns the pump on to pre­pay, pre­vent­ing the ve­hi­cle from fill­ing up with­out pay­ing.” The tech­nol­ogy has been de­vel­oped by Auck­land­based com­pany Auror and Fo­cus Dig­i­tal Se­cu­rity, New Zealand’s lead­ing im­ple­menter of au­to­mated num­ber-plate-recog­ni­tion (ANPR) tech­nol­ogy. The three busi­nesses are also work­ing in partnership to ap­ply the new tech­nol­ogy across the coun­try, so that if a stolen ve­hi­cle comes onto any Z site, an au­to­matic alert is sent di­rectly to police, alert­ing them to the ve­hi­cle’s lo­ca­tion. “Get­ting this in­for­ma­tion to police im­me­di­ately will be re­ally help­ful, as of­ten stolen ve­hi­cles are in­volved in rob­beries and bur­glar­ies. We’ve now got some in­cred­i­bly smart tech­nol­ogy on Z sites that makes com­mit­ting a crime on a Z site one of the dumb­est things you can do,” says Forsyth.

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