Our History

by | Jun 7, 2018

Jenoptik UK has a long history in integrated ANPR solutions which stretches back to the very birth of ANPR. Through Computer Recognition Systems (CRS), we first invented ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) in collaboration with the Police Scientific Development Branch in 1979.

Speed Check Services (SCS) was created in 1999 to bring the SPECS average speed enforcement to market and worked as CRS’s marketing/delivery partner for this specialist solution.

In 2010, Vysionics was created following the acquisitions of CRS and Speed Check Services (SCS). Using over thirty years of practical experience, the latest generation of Vysionics ANPR systems used the very best in camera, processor, software and illumination technologies, providing general or application specific solutions for a huge variety of traffic monitoring tasks.

In 2013, the VECTOR integrated ANPR camera was launched, providing a highly capable, standard platform for the most challenging of ANPR projects. VECTOR continues to be the cornerstone of ongoing developments, with applications for civil & criminal enforcement, police ANPR and private sector car park management & access control.

Jenoptik Traffic Solutions (part of Jenoptik Group) acquired Vysionics in November 2014; through Jenoptik’s extensive network of regional offices and distributors, Vysionics’ market leading ANPR and average speed enforcement solutions benefited from exposure to this global marketplace. In addition, new devices and sensors became available to the Vysionics development team, opening up a new range of enforcement and monitoring solutions.

In May 2016, Vysionics changed its name to Jenoptik Traffic Solutions UK. A year on from the re-brand, Jenoptik acquired all shares in ESSA Technology, a UK software developer specialising in police and enforcement back-office solutions.

ESSA Technology, through the use of powerful data mining and analysis tools, interfaced real time vehicle information with operators’ data and objectives. With a long history in back office (BOF) applications for ANPR, ESSA had collaboratively worked with Jenoptik prior to the acquisition on several innovative traffic monitoring and control applications, including Police networks, weigh in motion (WIM), average speed enforcement, and red X monitoring, to name a few.

In January 2019, Jenoptik launched the MORE LIGHT strategy across all divisions focusing more strongly on the core competencies in optical and photonic technologies; based on the three pillars “More focus”, “More international” and “More innovation”. Jenoptik developed into a focused technology group and as a result the Traffic Solutions division was renamed Jenoptik Light & Safety.

Fast forward to 2022, Jenoptik launched a new growth agenda named MORE VALUE, to accelerate the company’s transformation into a globally leading, pure photonics player.  As part of this new agenda, the Light & Safety division was re-born as Smart Mobility Solutions.

In the Summer of 2022, Jenoptik Traffic Solutions UK became Jenoptik UK.

Jenoptik UK consistently leads the field, with a list of first to market achievements:


  • 1979 First ANPR reader, used at Dartford for stolen vehicle detection
  • 1983 First automatic plate detection ANPR system
  • 1989 First Origin/Destination ANPR based journey time measuring system
  • 1996 First ANPR security cordon for a major city (City of London ring of steel)
  • 1999 First Home Office Type Approved average speed enforcement system – SPECS
  • 2002 First ANPR based congestion charging system – the London congestion charge
  • 2009 First Vehicle Certification Agency approved bus lane enforcement system
  • 2009 First Home Office Type Approved networked average speed enforcement system – SPECS3
  • 2015 First Home Office Type Approved non-invasive level crossing enforcement system – VECTOR LX
  • 2019 First Home Office Type Approved passively safe spot speed system – VECTOR SR