LPR parking data supports parking study in North Vancouver
LPR parking data is an essential tool when it comes to creating parking solutions. MMM Group worked with the District of North Vancouver to complete a parking study in the Deep Cove residential community. They used License Plate Recognition technology to do it faster and with fewer resources.
The community was looking to strike the right balance for the parking needs of residents and businesses with the tourists that visit the community. MMM started their study with data collection. In which, they included average and peak parking occupancy, duration and turnover, and trip origin. Traditionally, the collection of data would be by using the last four digits of each license plate. Due to its time-consuming nature, MMM decided to use a different method. Instead, MMM used an LPR equipped vehicle to collect the data making the process easier and faster.
“This is an unusual and new use of LPR technology to solve a common challenge for municipalities, cities, developers, and planners…” their website says.
One of the many benefits of LPR technology is the data collection and what it can mean to improve your operations. LPR cameras are designed to be mounted to a vehicle, vastly quickening the data collection. The data can help organizations find ways to identify and improve parking. It uses information like violation statistics that help identify hot spots. It gives a better understanding of occupancy rates and can use historical data to predict future demands. We covered some examples of parking data in use by Edmonton, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco in an earlier blog that also provides some tips on how to use data from an LPR system.
Read more about the MMM and District of North Vancouver project here.