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3 Critical Considerations When Choosing a License Plate Reader Tech Partner

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When it comes to innovative and sophisticated technologies like automatic license plate readers (LPR), it's not something you should purchase online or off a shelf. Instead, you should work closely with a partner you can fully trust.

LPR technology provides law enforcement agencies a life-changing service in ensuring the safety and security of our communities. But, with great power comes great responsibility—for both the agency and the partner. We're talking data protection: an airtight commitment to protecting the rights and privacy of the public.

Unfortunately, data mishandling happens. As seen in recent news, one company (not Leonardo) has come under scrutiny for allegedly revealing the future locations of cameras to anti-police groups. Situations like these underscore the importance of aligning with a reliable LPR vendor who understands the magnitude of responsibility on their shoulders.

Here's our advice. Choose an LPR partner that:

1. Collaborates on your LPR missions.
Collaboration is more than just signing a contract. It's about listening, teamwork, and understanding your agency's goals, challenges, and the nuances of your community. A true LPR vendor will address your specific needs, rather than offer a one-size-fits-all approach. At Leonardo, we work closely with you to design an LPR strategy that will provide you with a significant return on your investment, while also prioritizing data integrity and privacy. 

2. Is always available for service and support.
Does the vendor you're considering offer service and support 365 days a year? Do they provide ongoing IT support to keep your LPR technolgoy remaining in perfect working order through a warranty program? And does that program feature levels of service and support depending on your needs? The answers to all these questions should be a resounding yes; that's how you know your LPR partner has your back and stands by their products. 

3. Respects the details of your LPR program and deployment sites.
The LPR data collected by your agency belongs to you, full stop. Confidentiality is paramount—and that includes the locations of your LPR deployment sites. Leonardo understands this better than anyone. We never disclose future camera locations, nor will we ever (and have never) done anything to compromise the integrity of your operations. Your missions are our missions. They are our purpose and our legacy.

Leonardo: Over Two Decades of Trust
At Leonardo, trust isn't just a buzzword—it's a promise. With over 20 years of experience and successful partnerships with law enforcement agencies, we've built a reputation rooted in collaboration, integrity, and respect. When you choose Leonardo, you're not just choosing an LPR vendor—you're partnering with a team that is dedicated to protecting the communities you serve.

Want to talk more about data privacy, or your current or anticipated needs when it comes to license plate reader technology? We're here whenever you're ready.