Adopting LPR as a new technology for your parking management process is a big move. It’s important to understand the benefits and impacts. We’ve highlighted a few key areas you’ll want to consider when adding a license plate recognition (LPR) system to your operation.
LPR = Virtual Permitting
Manage your permit system entirely electronically by using LPR technology. Permit holders will be registering the license plate details for their vehicles online. As a result, enforcement staff can quickly identify violators using LPR technology. This technology can be in the form of an equipped vehicle or mounted camera at a lot entrance validating vehicles. Advantages to LPR technology include:
- Fewer staff to administer and manage the process
- Hangtag and decal costs are reduced
- Likelihood of errors is reduced
- Fewer fraudulent permits and an increase in the purchase of valid ones
Make payment collections at the time of purchase, or by using pay by plate technology. License plate information is available in real time so cameras can differentiate between legally and illegally parked vehicles. A move to pay by plate technology means fewer meters to maintain and monitor. Furthermore, allow more payment options for parking patrons by including mobile solutions like Text2ParkMe.
Data Collection & Access
In addition, LPR technology can collect data for you. Data collected can be license plates, their location, the length of time in a location, and photos for reference. This data is available to monitor trends and evaluate your parking management process. As a result, enforcement officers have access to real-time data, increasing identified parking trends. Furthermore, you can evaluate opportunities to generate revenue, and improve customer access. You can use your user occupancy rates to identify under utilized spaces, times, or days as well. LPR makes the integration of new pricing strategies easier.
Lot or Garage Entrance
Using LPR adds value to gated parking access by reducing the need for access cards and idle time. You can simplify access for your permit holders, and minimize the need for enforcement patrols with automated violations. Increase your likelihood of identifying and ticketing illegal parkers using LPR cameras. These cameras monitor entry and exit, recognize the plates of valid permit holders, and prevent entry of unknown vehicles. To reduce entry and exit times, you can entirely removed gates, eliminating maintenance costs and improving traffic flow. This also saves you money on gate costs, which can start at $4000 each, depending on features. Virtual permit enforcement lets parking managers easily see who is a valid parker and quickly ticket those who aren’t.
Furthermore, LPR enhances enforcement by having the collected parking data stored and made available in real time. Because lot and garage areas are automatically monitored for violations, the systems can access vehicle history and status when entering and exiting a lot. As a result, enforcement teams have the most current information including vehicle histories. Hence, the enforcement teams will have the ability to identify scofflaws and issue violations. In addition, you will be able to identify violation hotspots to efficiently schedule your enforcement patrols. It is less likely for enforcement to make mistakes when issuing violations, with photos available to support challenged tickets.
Zero Integrations. Zero Headaches.
The LPR module from OPS-COM is a full package. Finally, a permit, violation, and LPR solution with no system integrations from multiple vendors or multiple licensing fees. LPR cameras will capture data and then cross-reference it with all your OPS-COM modules, ensuring appropriate notifications and actions can be taken.