post by Petter Reinholdtsen, where he discusses license plate software, (aka license plate reader) that will read the license plate in pictures and videos and output in machine readable format.
It is available in github here, but the developer and Petter have it packaged for Debian. Presently it's sitting in the new que, hopefully it will be in Debian SID soon.
Petter explains on his blog post his reasoning why it should be available to the rest of us, and I must say I agree with his thinking. When tools are available only to the powerful, as in governments, then a state of tyranny exists in my opinion.
Please read Petter's blog post for more information.