Sensationalist title, but it made me consider how civic hacking could benefit communities in non-obvious ways.
The $86 million number seemed really high, so I did some research to get more context. Here’s what I found:
Well, in case it includes service and/or training, depending on the kind of equipment provided, the budget may seem more reasonable. Thanks for the information!
The solution proposed in the post is interesting and functional, but the government budget seems outrageous. $86 million? The author found an open-source Automatic License Plate Recognition library with a little research, which is something I assume the government did not. I am no expert in image recognition hardware, but that budget (for 220 cars) seems unacceptable to me.