The Sandy Springs City Council has approved a police request for 99 license plate readers from two manufacturers, Genetec and Flock. AJC FILE

Sandy Springs approves police plan for 99 license plate readers

Sandy Springs police will have access to the data of 99 license plate readers under an arrangement, approved by the City Council, that would have police working with Georgia Power and two private camera providers.

Through its “SiteView” program, Georgia Power has offered Genetec Inc. license plate readers mounted on power poles. Another private firm, Flock, has placed license plate readers with homeowners associations and has begun offering a law enforcement line of Flock Falcon cameras.

In a report to the council, Deputy Police Chief Keith Zgonc said while a Flock camera costs about one-third that of a Genetec camera, has greater analytical functionality and requires less infrastructure, “Flock has limitations in terms of performance when the camera is placed far from the roadway or when the roadway speeds are greater than 50 to 60 mph. Genetec’s technology can fill this deficiency.”

To stay within budget, Zgonc recommended a hybrid camera system – 42 Flock cameras at a monthly cost of $7,520.94, and 57 Genetec cameras costing $32,331.08 a month.

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