As someone else mentioned on Twitter: surely this is privately held data that the ACCC have licensed for a fee, and is in no way “owned” by the government or us as taxpayers? Kudos for a very innovative solution, but, I worry you’ve opened yourself up for litigation — especially by putting an API around someone else’s data?
Serious cudos to you! That looks impressive. I didn’t know you could get CTP details, but that may be a state by state thing.
A developer from a private company reached out to me and said that they provide this kind of stuff for real time access:
That’s really impressive! Did you ever do a write-up or post anything online? I’d be really interested in reading more.
According to someone who reached out to me: current providers of this information are charged by the government to access it, so they pass this cost on to the user.
Yesterday was Father’s Day here in Australia so I spent the whole day on the road. I did scan it quickly though. I’ll have a proper crack at it next weekend. I’ve been wanting to get proper API access to the registration database before I starting messing around with my own cameras and camera position. There are some guides on ALPR camera angles and…
Sorry I may have deleted that line during the editing phase. I was using pre-recorded footage off the numerous Australian dash cam channels. Given what I know now, I might go out an record some footage on my Contour HD action camera (approx 180 deg field of view, 1080p) this weekend and run it through the system.
Thanks for the positive response. I’ve given you all the tools you need to run there with the gists, but haven’t made it super easy to get it up and running. If everyone started running their own version, the VicRoads website would get DDoSed pretty quick and they’d have to implement some rate-limiting and CAPCHAs. That’s the worst outcome for everyone I think.