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The Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA), responsible for regulating the pharmaceutical industry and ensuring drug safety, recognized the need to enhance security and streamline access control procedures at its facilities. To address this challenge, EDA deployed an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Hub to automate gate control using car number plates, while also leveraging the technology for Event Data Analysis (EDA). This case study illustrates the successful integration of ANPR technology for improved security and data-driven decision-making at EDA.

Client Profile:
The Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) is a government agency tasked with overseeing the pharmaceutical sector in Egypt. With a mission to safeguard public health and ensure compliance with regulatory standards, EDA operates multiple facilities across the country, including laboratories, warehouses, and administrative offices.


Manual gate control: EDA faced challenges with manual gate control procedures, which were prone to human error and required significant manpower to manage.

Security concerns: The existing access control system lacked the ability to accurately identify and authenticate vehicles entering and exiting EDA facilities, posing security risks.
Limited data insights: EDA sought to leverage data analytics to gain insights into vehicle movement patterns, visitor traffic, and security incidents for proactive decision-making.

EDA partnered with a leading technology provider to implement an ANPR Hub, a centralized platform equipped with ANPR cameras and intelligent gate control software. The solution included:

ANPR Camera Deployment: Installation at entry points: ANPR cameras were installed at the entrance gates of EDA facilities to capture and recognize vehicle license plates automatically.
High accuracy: The ANPR cameras utilized advanced image processing algorithms to accurately read and decode car number plates, even in varying lighting and weather conditions.
Automated Gate Control:

Integration with gate control system: The ANPR Hub seamlessly integrated with EDA’s gate control infrastructure, allowing for automated opening and closing of gates based on vehicle license plate recognition.
Authorized vehicle database: EDA maintained a database of authorized vehicle license plates, enabling the ANPR system to grant access only to registered vehicles while flagging unauthorized entries for further inspection.

Event Data Analysis (EDA):

Real-time monitoring: The ANPR Hub provided real-time visibility into vehicle movement, allowing EDA security personnel to monitor gate activity and respond promptly to security incidents.
Historical data analysis: Leveraging historical vehicle movement data captured by the ANPR system, EDA conducted comprehensive analysis to identify traffic patterns, peak hours, and security trends.

Incident detection and reporting: The ANPR Hub automatically detected suspicious vehicle activity, such as repeated unauthorized entries or vehicle tailgating, and generated alerts for security personnel to investigate.


Enhanced Security: The implementation of the ANPR Hub significantly enhanced security at EDA facilities by automating gate control procedures and accurately identifying authorized vehicles.
Improved Operational Efficiency: The automated gate control system reduced reliance on manual intervention, leading to improved operational efficiency and resource optimization.
Data-Driven Decision Making: EDA leveraged ANPR technology for data-driven decision-making, gaining insights into vehicle traffic patterns, security incidents, and visitor demographics.

Cost Savings: By streamlining gate control operations and reducing manual labor, EDA achieved cost savings and increased ROI on its security investments.

Conclusion: The successful deployment of the ANPR Hub at Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) demonstrates the transformative impact of ANPR technology on gate control automation and event data analysis. By leveraging real-time vehicle recognition and advanced analytics capabilities, EDA enhanced security, improved operational efficiency, and gained valuable insights for proactive decision-making in safeguarding public health and ensuring regulatory compliance within the pharmaceutical sector.