Ekin won the CES 2023 Innovation Award! 450 300 hcoskun

Ekin won the CES 2023 Innovation Award!

CES 2023 Innovation Awards – Consumer Technology Association

Ekin News / 05.01.2023

We are delighted to announce that Ekin’s smart city solutions has been honored by CES 2023 Innovation Awards in the ‘Smart Cities’ category.

Learn more about our smart city solutions here:

Ekin Patrol G2: first and pioneer of a new category in its class, mobile ALPR and Speed Enforcement light bar
Ekin Micro Patrol: Cutting-edge mobile ALPR solution for motorcycles, bicycles, and vehicles
Ekin Spotter: The first and only entirely modular smart city pole
Ekin Box Spotter: Portable speed enforcement and license plate recognition system
Ekin X Spotter: Fixed ALPR, speed and traffic violation recognition system
Ekin X Spotter Mobile: Mobile ALPR, speed and traffic violation recognition system

About CES Innovation Awards Program

The CES Innovation Awards program is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products. The program recognizes honorees in a multitude of consumer technology product categories and distinguishes the highest rated in each.

Ekin Awarded Excellent Product Design at German Design Awards 2023! 450 300 hcoskun

Ekin Awarded Excellent Product Design at German Design Awards 2023!

Recognition of excellence from the German Design Awards 2023!

Ekin News / 06.12.2022

We are delighted to share that Ekin won two awards for Excellent Product Design in Public Design category at the German Design Awards 2023. This is a great recognition from the industry which acknowledges the hard work and talent that has gone into making our Ekin Spotter a winner!

Statement of the jury:

Ekin Spotter offers various applications through its modular structure, ranging from traffic analysis to air measurement. At the same time, Ekin Spotter discreetly blends into the urban streetscape with its column-like minimalist design language.

Learn more about Ekin Spotter here.

Vehicle Identification 450 300 ekin

Vehicle Identification

Vehicle Identification

The Police Chief /04.11.2022

The sheer volume of traffic in many urban areas can make traffic enforcement, vehicle identification, and driver identification extremely challenging. However, AI can help in this area, as well.

Acknowledging the complexities of equipping vehicles with automated license plate readers, plus speed and surveillance cameras, Ekin sought to include them all in one solution: the Ekin Patrol G2. “To us, the solution was clear since all law enforcement vehicles have one thing in common,” said the president of Ekin America, Jerry Diaz. The team recognized that every police vehicle had a lightbar, so they decided to replace the traditional light model with an AI-powered “smart” one.

It also features an automatic license plate recognition function and autonomously performs speed detection and parking management for up to seven lanes of traffic. “[With the lightbar,] police officers can focus on tasks that require human interaction while relying on AI technology to collect data, detect infractions, and alert them of stolen or wanted vehicles,” said Diaz.

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Ekin Technology 450 300 smisir

Ekin Technology

Ekin Technology

Police and Security News / 30.11.2021

Ekin is a pioneer in mobile and fixed solutions for safe cities and the creator of the Ekin Patrol G2 ALPR Light Bar and ALPR Bike Patrol. The Patrol G2 combines a modern design with AI technology, making it the go to mobile enforcement product which is vehicle compatible, transforming ordinary vehicles into smart patrols. It is able to analyze up to seven lanes of ALPR, as well as front and rear 24/7 video surveillance, along with additional speed detection and parking enforcement options. With extensive data analytics, law enforcement is provided with continuous feedback, giving them the tools to make informed decisions which prioritize safety and save lives. In addition, Ekin also introduced the world’s first and only compact ALPR Bike Patrol product compatible with any bicycle. The plug-and-play design is a 12V wirelessly controlled system which requires no additional equipment to operate, providing a solution for parking violation enforcement while also generating an audio or visual alert sent in real time which is compatible with smartphones.

City of Coral Gables Installs First AI-Powered Ekin Smart City Pole Technology in the U.S. 450 300 smisir

City of Coral Gables Installs First AI-Powered Ekin Smart City Pole Technology in the U.S.

City of Coral Gables Installs First AI-Powered Ekin Smart City Pole Technology in the U.S.

Coral Gables /29.07.2021

Ekin Spotter Pilot Project Consolidates Free Public Wi-Fi, Traffic Analysis, City Planning, Environmental Assessment, and Public Safety Data into One

CORAL GABLES, FL (July 29, 2021) – Ekin, a global leader in smart city technology solutions powered by artificial intelligence (AI), announced the launch of its first smart city pilot project in the U.S., serving the City of Coral Gables. The innovative, AI-powered Ekin Spotter gives public sector agencies and law enforcement providers next-generation data analysis capabilities to improve city planning, traffic and enforcement, public safety, environmental protection, Wi-Fi access, and more.

Coral Gables’ new ‘Smart City Pole’ is the first of its kind implemented in the U.S. The city’s pilot project includes installation of the Ekin Spotter on the west median of Alhambra Circle and Ponce in downtown Coral Gables. The technology was specifically engineered to meet Coral Gables’ smart city goals, as well as Florida building codes with wind load requirements, the city’s engineering standards (ASCE 7-10) and telecommunications and sensor technology and interoperability requirements.

The Ekin Spotter has been honored with global innovation and design awards, including USA CES 2021 and German IF Design. The patented technology offers an all-in-one avant-gardist design backed by advanced aerospace engineering and science of material principles. The AI-powered technology consolidated into the city’s pilot project includes public free Wi-Fi, CCTV, traffic, and safety sensors (vehicles, pedestrian, multimodal, speed, red-light, public safety, situational awareness), environmental sensors (air quality, noise, weather), computer vision and AI IoT edge analytics and alerts.

“We are proud to be a leading city in innovation and technology,” said Peter Iglesias, Coral Gables City Manager. “This smart pole with safety cameras, public Wi-Fi, traffic and environmental sensors will assist emergency management in creating a safer community for residents, business owners, and visitors. We are always looking for opportunities to be a leader in cutting-edge technologies.”

“The Ekin Spotter is providing live video and real-time analytics to the Community Intelligence Center (CIC) and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The Spotter has also been integrated to the City’s Urban Analytics artificial intelligence platform, which provides sensor data and actionable information to citizens and city employees on the smart city hub platform www.coralgables.com/smartcity.

“A bonus aspect to this smart pole is its sleek design which was created specifically for Coral Gables to withstand hurricane winds in compliance with Florida codes,” said Iglesias. “With no external wiring, boxes, or attachments, the city can increase its smart technologies while remaining aesthetically pleasing using durable aluminium.”

Ekin’s smart city solutions use AI and high-resolution video sensors to turn everyday cities into smart cities, including the analysis of traffic patterns and rush hour congestion points to improve traffic flow and prevent accidents. Smart City Environmental Analysis inputs include air quality, temperature, humidity, and carbon monoxide. Video monitoring includes multi-modal traffic analysis, parking management, red light enforcement and speed detection. Its compact design allows for easy placement within the cityscape.

“We are proud to partner with the City of Coral Gables on our first U.S. smart city pilot program featuring the Ekin Spotter,” said Akif Ekin, founder and chairman of Ekin. “Our commitment to flexible design helped ensure that we met the city’s needs, including withstanding hurricane force winds and fitting within the aesthetics of the city center. Together, we are helping make Coral Gables a safer, more enjoyable place to live – with a focus on environmental impacts, traffic improvements, and public safety. Ekin’s flexible smart city solutions make it easier for officials to understand their cities and create impactful policies that promote safety and well-being for all residents.”

As shown by Coral Gables’ hurricane-proof design, Ekin’s modular design provides local governments with the ability to customize each device and collect and analyze the data needed to make informed policy changes to promote a safer, healthier living environment. The Ekin Spotter is a self-contained unit that requires no additional hardware or infrastructure. Using Ekin’s proprietary Red Eagle (OS), a dynamic software solution with a user-friendly interface, open integrable architectures for integration into existing solutions, municipalities can centrally manage all the data collected by Ekin’s products citywide.

About Ekin

Since its inception in 1998, Ekin Smart City Solutions has been developing software, hardware, and design with an innovative approach to Smart City management. We provide quantitative data and equipment to governments and the private sector based on cutting-edge AI technology, with a focus on traffic management, public safety, and smart city living. Ekin’s smart city solutions, are used in cities, airports, shopping malls, campuses, and by law enforcement all over the world. Ekin has received prestigious global awards for its sleek design and innovative approach, including German Design, CES Innovation IF Design, Award, A Design and Golden Bridge, German Innovation, and the Red Dot. To find out more, go to www.ekin.com.

About Coral Gables

Founded in 1925, Coral Gables is a city of more than 50,000 residents centrally located in the Greater Miami area. “The City Beautiful” is home to more than 10 properties and one district on the National Register of Historic Places. Coral Gables was Florida’s first planned community and was designed to be an international city based on the basic principles of the City Beautiful Movement which includes lush green avenues winding through residential neighborhoods, wide sidewalks and civic landmarks. Today, it is home to more than 20 consulates and foreign government offices and more than 100 multinational corporations. It serves as a major employment center with almost as many people working as residing in the city. The economy is a mixture of local and international businesses and home to the nationally ranked University of Miami, the city’s largest employer. It is renowned for its excellent municipal services, including accredited Police, Fire and Community Recreation departments, as well as a Class 1 Fire Department and Building Division. Additionally, it has received Triple A ratings from Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings. Exceptional municipal services, strong finances, high quality of life, convenient travel access, responsible growth, and a diversified economy make Coral Gables a highly desirable place to live, work, learn, and play.


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The Digital Year 450 300 smisir

The Digital Year

The Digital Year

Security Today Magazine /02.03.2021

Smart cities already on the rise following a hectic pandemic year

by Akif Ekin

Last year, global citizens experienced dramatic shifts to working from home in response to COVID-19 safety recommendations, with communication, technology and security companies supporting changing business and consumer needs with new products, services and data security tools. At the start of 2021, McKinsey & Company offers up “While a tumultuous and tragic 2020 will usher in a 2021 fraught with uncertainty, one thing is crystal clear: it will be a distinctly digital year .”

Smart cities were already on the rise at the start of the 21st century, with governments and institutions putting data to work to improve the lives of residents and workforces. From artificial intelligence-backed emergency response operations to traffic management solutions and tracking carbon emissions, technology is helping city’s improve lives.

Combined with rising smartphone use worldwide, advances in AI technology used to track and analyze large data sets and lowering costs for implementing smart city solutions, the way cities use technology to improve health and safety is set for huge advancements this year. As security professionals look to respond to growing threats worldwide, mobility and connectivity are at the heart of improved security efforts.


More than 66% of the world’s population is projected to live in cities by 2050. As populations grow, mobile technology solutions that support and connect law enforcement staff are growing in importance. That is why a central component to implementing cost effective smart city solutions is a strong digital network. As police budgets and resources stretch, a greater reliance on technologies that help security staff share, collect, store and use data to respond to threats quickly and efficiently is also needed. According to Gerhard Schaub, president of the Police Officers Association in Zurich, Switzerland, “Police work is turning out to become increasingly digitized, and the way we worked 40 years ago is not an efficient way to ensure the security of a city. Police need access to systems that are designed to be used across borders to more effectively fight crime.”

As the amount of data cities and people collect daily grows, a reliance on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to collect, monitor and understand that data is essential. Independent and disconnected security solutions no longer offer the tools security professionals need. For example, a security camera that doesn’t also analyze the footage and alert officers when something important is recorded, just adds more work to an officers’ busy schedule. AI serves as the backbone of smart city solutions, from identifying environmental patterns to improving transportation infrastructure. With new mobile technology solutions collecting more information than ever before and cloud storage solutions offering cost effective ways to store and share data, AI-backed tools are helping cities better understand and use that data. Across the globe, cities are incorporating machine learning, data analytics, visualization, and smart connected technologies to develop realtime, dynamic systems that learn and self-regulate.

Ekin’s smart city security solutions use AI-backed data collection and analysis tools to simplify implementation and use by law enforcement. The company’s Red Eagle operating system connects mobile devices, data capture and analysis, and reporting tools to streamline citywide security, from traffic management to surveillance cameras, with centralized management and communication across systems. For example, it allows law enforcement agencies and teams to compare footage from devices across the city using multiple devices and from different locations. Using mobile and fixed facial recognition tools, automatic license plate readers (ALPR) and speed enforcement technology, the Red Eagle system alerts partner police department and law enforcement agencies when a tracked vehicle is located using push notifications and collaborative communication tools. The system is designed to easily share information across law enforcement agencies, with features such as note attachments which makes it easy to provide evidence for retroactive investigations and data sharing.


Smart city technologies offer affordable, long-term solutions for traffic management, including optimizing infrastructure, reducing congestion, improving air quality by reducing carbon emissions and lowering traffic accident rates. That’s why traffic management continues to serve as a central component to smart city development and the technology that supports it will continue to dominate the future of the industry.

Law enforcement agencies tasked with managing traffic flow and both driver and pedestrian safety are seeking more proactive solutions that help prevent congestion and accidents before they happen. For example, ALPR technology helps reduce the time to identify violators who disrupt the flow of traffic. When it is combined with mobile security solutions that offer citywide connectivity, law enforcement professionals gain the ability to not only detect a violation but also quickly and efficiently respond. ALPR and speed detection technology dominate the field when it comes to smart traffic solutions. However, cities have varying levels and needs with respect to smart traffic management solutions, so delivering solutions that are customizable and work within a city’s current model are necessary. And training is needed as new solutions are implemented, to ensure they are used to the maximum benefit.

This article originally appeared in the March 2021 issue of Security Today.

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‘Military tough’ Recon Power Bikes grows law-enforcement, civilian market 450 300 smisir

‘Military tough’ Recon Power Bikes grows law-enforcement, civilian market

‘Military tough’ Recon Power Bikes grows law-enforcement, civilian market

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News /01.03.2021

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Recon Power Bikes started on the principle that to create the right e-bike for law enforcement, having the proper background is paramount. With several core team members having military and police backgrounds, Recon forged an identity in the law enforcement market by supplying “military tough” e-bikes to agencies in 35 states. Recon has been a supplier of e-bikes to municipal police departments, the federal government, military, conservation, and other agencies.

“We believe our Recon team members, with their diverse military and law enforcement experience, bring a superior skill set to the organization,” said owner and founder Jeff Fuze. “They work extremely well in a team environment. Additionally, their strong sense of duty and responsibility, coupled with a disciplined work ethic, brings a winning dynamic to our organization.”

For example, Recon’s lead mechanic is an Air Force reservist, and its law enforcement trainer a Marine Corp. veteran and a retired bike patrol officer. Backgrounds such as these give Recon insight into what law enforcement looks for in assembling a bike patrol fleet and training it, Fuze said. “It is a privilege and honor to work with the professionals in law enforcement and the military,” Fuze said.

While 70% of Recon’s business is to law enforcement, the company does offer three all-terrain e-bikes for civilians — priced from $1,899-$3,895 — for various uses, including hunting and fishing, RV and camping, and commuting. “The consumer side is growing as individuals seek out this type of bike,” Fuze said. “Law enforcement will always be our priority, but much of what we have done in that sec- tor carries over into the consumer market. We have seen a steep rise in our consumer bikes over the last 18 months.”

Marketing its bikes as military tough is built around a lifetime frame warranty pledge. The 6061 alloy frame features beefy downtube, chainstays and seatstays. Fuze said an FBI bike patrol agent who’s part of Washington’s J. Edgar Hoover Building headquarters patrol is 6-foot-7 and weighs 300-plus pounds. He had durability issues until the FBI began using Recon Power Bikes.

The brand features three law enforcement models. The signature model the Interceptor has a Bafang 1,000-watt˛ pedal-assist mid-drive motor, 48-volt lithium-ion battery, Shimano drivetrain, hydraulic brakes, and 4-inch wide 26-inch tires. It has a speed capacity of 25-30 mph, depending on rider weight, with a range of 30-50 miles on a charge. MSRP range for the police models is $2,299-$3,495.

Perhaps most interesting, the Interceptor comes with the Ekin Bike Patrol feature, which performs license plate recognition and has live video streaming and facial recognition capabilities. The live-streaming feature is helpful for law enforcement because of bike accessibility. If there is unrest, an officer can reach the area quickly and be able to live-stream to command to make strategic decisions, Fuze said. License plate recognition is helpful for patrolling for parking fines, monitoring amber alerts and stolen vehicles. Fuze said having facial recognition allows for photos of suspects of interest to be quickly downloaded.

In addition to offering patrol training, Fuze said Recon offers a leasing program to municipalities. Recon sells direct-to-consumer on its website and also has a dealer network consisting of law-enforcement specific, consumer, and some that handle both. “Our dealer network is key to our sustained growth in our primary markets,” said Fuze, who added the goal is to double its 30 U.S. dealers this year. The bikes are sourced and manufactured primarily from China, Japan, and Korea and assembled in the U.S.

“Finally, I would say our customer service is outstanding,” Fuze said. “When you call Recon, someone answers the phone and addresses the clients’ needs individually. This basic customer service seems to be a lost art in this industry.”

By Dean Yobbi 

Ekin’s AI Camera for Traffic Data, Management, and Enforcement 450 300 hcoskun

Ekin’s AI Camera for Traffic Data, Management, and Enforcement

Ekin’s AI Camera for Traffic Data, Management, and Enforcement

Electronics – Lab / 29.01.2021

Ekin X has announced its portable smart traffic system AI camera for data collection to enhance traffic and parking management for an efficient smart city. The AI camera uses Ekin X Spotter for a smart AI-based traffic enforcement system for performing ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition), speed, and violation detection of the automobiles in its range.The ALPR and vehicle speed and violation detection functionalities allow easy monitoring of the overall traffic for the assigned department. The AI camera features a 4K motor-zoom image sensor and video-based recognition technology for its smart applications. The compact design of the AI camera makes it flexible for easy integration into any vehicle type. It also allows the dynamic deployment of AI cameras all over the smart city.

Deployed AI Camera

Talking more about the software platform Ekin X Spotter. It allows ALPR for up to three lanes of traffic, powered by Ekin’s proprietary artificial intelligence ETS software. The ML models for number recognitions undergo rigorous training for achieving model accuracy of up to 99%. The traffic analysis functionality includes speed, red light violation, tailgating, stopped vehicle, and pedestrian detection on roads and highways.

“Akif Ekin (Founder and Chairman of Ekin) says “The Ekin X Spotter is designed to ensure continuous traffic management and enhanced safety for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians while public safety officers are on the move. The flexible design helps agencies streamline data collection and when used as part of Ekin’s flexible smart city solutions. This makes it easier for officials to understand their cities and create impactful policies that promote safety for all residents.”

Smart City Applications

Smart cities tend to have more traffic than normal cities as the residents have more personal vehicles. So, the AI camera features high-resolution video sensors to turn for solving the problem by performing “analysis of traffic patterns and behaviors, vehicle classification, rush-hour congestion points, peak traffic hours, average time spent in traffic, and daily traffic flow management”. The analysis includes efficient traffic management with systematic monitoring to avoid congestions.The Ekin X Spotter comes with a modular design which gives the option of setting the policies. These policies are according to the current regulations for proper safety for efficient maintenance. The company has a Red Eagle operating system that is a dynamic software solution with a simple user interface.

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Consumer Technology Association Selects Ekin as CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree 450 300 hcoskun

Consumer Technology Association Selects Ekin as CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree

Consumer Technology Association Selects Ekin as CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree

Officer.com / 25.01.2021

Ekin Spotter Awarded Smart City Product Honors for Adaptive Design Used to Build Sustainable Cities Worldwide

NEW YORK, NY (Jan. 13, 2021) – Ekin, a global leader in next generation smart city technology solutions announced its Ekin Spotter has been selected by the Consumer Technology Association as a CES 2021 Innovation Award Product in the Smart Cities category. The annual CES Innovation Awards honor outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products.

Ekin’s smart city solutions powered by artificial intelligence give public sector, businesses and law enforcement agencies dynamic data collection tools to support traffic management, environmental analyses and surveillance. From the analysis of traffic patterns to help prevent auto accidents and reduce carbon emissions, to parking management and red light enforcement, the Ekin Spotter is the first and only smart city device that combines multiple functions into one product. The Ekin Spotter was awarded Golden A’ Design Award honors in 2018.

“The Ekin Spotter”s adaptive design uses high-resolution video and environmental sensors powered by artificial intelligence to turn everyday cities into smart cities,” said Akif Ekin, founder and chairman of Ekin. “We are honored to be selected by the prestigious CES Innovation Awards as a leader in smart city solutions, as we work together to improve lives with high tech, low-cost solutions.”

The CES Innovation Awards is an annual program recognizing honorees in a multitude of consumer technology product categories. CES 2021 brings together businesses, thought leaders, policymakers, media and the broader tech community to launch products, build brands and form partnerships.

As an honoree in the smart cities category, the Ekin Spotter is highlighted for its sleek design and adaptability, giving users key smart city capabilities, including automatic license plate recognition, traffic violation detection, surveillance, environmental analysis, speaker and Wi-Fi hotspot modules within a single structure, reducing the need for mass devices. Using Ekin’s proprietary Red Eagle operating system, users centrally manage secure data collection, storage and analysis.

About Ekin

Founded in 1998, Ekin is the leading provider of next generation safe and smart city solutions worldwide. Today, Ekin has global offices in the U.S., Europe, Asia and MENA regions in addition to Ekin Holding AG based in Switzerland. Ekin’s smart city solutions focus on three main areas: smart traffic management, including ALPR, red light enforcement, speed detection, intersection management and parking management; public safety management, including missing person and person of interest detection, license plate recognition, video surveillance and vehicle and people counting; and smart environment management, including environmental analysis, air quality index, lighting and Wi-Fi. With a focus on mobile, versatile smart city technology, Ekin’s smart city solutions are implemented by cities, airports, shopping centers, campuses and arenas around the world. The company has received a number of prestigious awards for their work, including German Design, CES Innovation Award, A Design and Golden Bridge, German Innovation and the Red Dot. To learn more about Ekin, visit www.ekin.com.

About CES

CES® is the most influential tech event in the world — the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. This is where the world’s biggest brands do business and meet new partners, and the sharpest innovators hit the stage. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, CES features every aspect of the tech sector. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, CES features every aspect of the tech sector.

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Ekin Releases AI-based Smart Traffic System 450 300 hcoskun

Ekin Releases AI-based Smart Traffic System

Ekin Releases AI-based Smart Traffic System

ITS International / 21.01.2021

X Spotter mobile and portable enforcement system provides ANPR for up to three lanes

Ekin has launched a mobile and portable smart traffic enforcement system in the US which it says offers data collection capabilities to improve traffic and parking management.

“The Ekin X Spotter is designed to ensure continuous traffic management and enhanced safety for drivers, passengers and pedestrians while public safety officers are on the move,” explains founder Akif Ekin.

“The flexible design helps agencies streamline data collection and when used as part of Ekin’s flexible smart city solutions, makes it easier for officials to understand their cities and create impactful policies that promote safety and wellbeing for all residents.”

The product uses artificial intelligence (AI) and high-resolution video sensors to turn cities into smart cities, with the analysis of traffic patterns and behaviours, vehicle classification and peak traffic hours, the firm says.

The tool identifies congestion points and problem spots to help cities improve traffic flow and prevent accidents.

The Ekin X Spotter provides automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and vehicle speed and violation detection capabilities to officers using a 4K motor-zoom image sensor and video-based recognition technology.

According to Ekin, the system performs ANPR on up to three lanes of traffic, powered by the company’s AI engineering tool software.

The product’s traffic analysis features include speed, red light violation, tailgating, stopped vehicle and pedestrian detection on roads and highways.

Ekin insists city officials can customise the device to collect and analyse the data needed to make informed policy changes, while municipalities can use its Red Eagle software solution to manage the data collected by its products citywide.

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