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Flock Safety, Ubicquia Offer Streetlight Crime-Solving Tool

Flock sells license plate reading tech, while Ubicquia’s smart city communication platform is used by some 700 customers. By working together, the gov tech firms want to help police solve more crimes while reducing costs.

A pile of old license plates from different states on a gray wooden surface.
Solving more crimes via license plate readers: That’s the goal of a new partnership between government technology firms Flock Safety and Ubicquia.

Founded in 2017, Flock Safety sells automated license plate reading (LPR) technology that can also identify vehicle features. More than 3,000 governments use the company’s technology, according to a statement announcing the new deal.

Ubicquia, meanwhile, launched in 2016 and sells a smart city communication platform deployed via streetlights — a platform that can integrate with third-party cameras, including those that read license plates.

The company said that some 700 customers, including cities and utilities, have deployed its streetlight technology.

As the statement put it, the partnership means that police agencies can reduce the time and cost of installing license plate reading technology and networks. Flock’s own tool includes what it calls a vehicle fingerprint system that can identify the make, body style, roof racks and other details of vehicles besides just license plates. The technology also uses video.

All that, in turn, can help police solve cases.

“The integration of Flock Safety’s LPR technology into the UbiHub platform is a game-changer for public safety agencies,” Bailey Quintrell, senior vice president of growth for Flock Safety, said in the statement. “It enables cities to take advantage of existing infrastructure, accelerating the deployment of cameras, while delivering all the crime solving benefits of LPR technology and FlockOS, our public safety situation awareness platform for cities.”

Other benefits also will stem from this partnership, according to Michael Sherwood, chief innovation and technology officer for the city of Las Vegas.

“It also gives us the additional benefit of network streetlighting controls to improve the way we manage our streetlights,” he said in the same statement.

Ubicquia just more than a year ago debuted its UbiHub platform, which the company said works with more than 360 million streetlights across the world. UbiHub also includes integrated Wi-Fi 6 capabilities along with edge AI.