License Plate Recognition (LPR) is fast becoming the most efficient technology improvement for parking. Law enforcement agencies and parking management suppliers have opted to support the new technology that is considered helpful and useful by their staff.
LPR is a system used to capture and analyze license plates. It can be used on highways, neighborhood patrols, and for parking enforcement in parking lots for various institutions. You will now find universities, hotels, airports, malls, stadiums, and hospitals investing in LPR solutions.
The efficiency of using LPR is evident from the increased level of productivity of the patrol officers and improved protection against parking frauds. It helps to increase compliance in parking in three different ways, which justifies the label of “efficient”.
Mobile Parking Enforcement is more productive
Mobile LPR will help tremendously in increasing the enforcement efficiency and improving compliance while being cost-effective. Cameras are mounted on a vehicle and can be used for both on-street and off-street parking assessments.
The devices scan all of the license plates and captures various information such as the color of the vehicle, image of the plate, and its GPS coordinates. When the scanned plates are evaluated against a real-time database of legal permitted parkers any non-compliant vehicles will be immediately identified. Officers can be notified about repeat offenders, parking violations, or even permit swapping making them more efficient. With the ability to scan over 1000 vehicles per hour the mobile enforcement vehicle will make any single patrol staff much more productive.
Gateless Off-Street Parking
With the use of fixed LPR cameras, parking rules and permits can be automatically identified and properly enforced at time of entry. The cameras create a consistent method of organizing and categorizing information for the parking customers. As well, they can track the lot occupancy in real time, and can show the number of remaining spaces at the entrance of the lot. Officers can also be notified when too many unauthorized vehicles are present eliminating the need for random patrols offering clear labor-savings.
Make PARCS more efficient
PARCS is an acronym for Parking, Access, and Revenue Control System. The LPR solution offers several benefits that can be used in a PARCs environment. The LPR cameras can be integrated to your gates to automatically admit registered parkers. As well, LPR cameras can be used to trigger gates and register transient parkers to support a “free time” period. And in some cases, when the “free time” expires the automatically registered parker can be issued an invoice to pay for their extended parking time.
Gateless parking garages can take advantage of an LPR solution by allowing free flow traffic without the need for gates. The cameras offer a 24/7 evaluation of the traffic with the option to send automatic notices to patrol officers when too many illegal parkers are present. Due to this automation, you no longer need random patrols and can concentrate on ticketing know illegal parkers. A fair and equitable parking environment offers great customer service and flowing traffic while consistently punishing those who park illegally.