University Parking Services
at Texas Tech University has announced an efficiency project using the latest technology
for campus parking management. License Plate Recognition (LPR) is an image-processing
technology used to identify vehicles by their license plates.
“This will be a tremendous benefit to our parking patrons because registering vehicles
will become much easier,” said Heather Medley, marketing and training coordinator
for University Parking Services. “More efficient enforcement of the rules means more
spaces available for permit holders. Also, the program will allow us to control parking-related
costs as the university continues to grow.”
Medley said the system has already been implemented for student parking, and that
faculty and staff e-permits are scheduled to go into effect in the fall of 2011.
“E-permits are more convenient because users do not have to come to the parking office
to pick up permits,” Medley said. “Also, we are able to ‘go green’ by not having to
send out permits, saving envelopes and postage.”
The technology concept assumes that all vehicles already have the identity displayed
by way of the license plate, so no additional transmitter or physical permit is required
to be installed on the vehicle. The system uses illumination, such as Infra-red, and
a camera to take the image of the front or rear of the vehicle. Image-processing software
analyzes the images and extracts the plate information. The system then conducts real-time
“We are in fact, creating our own ‘TechPark’ software,” Medley said. “Genetec is the
company that provided the AutoVu LPR equipment and services, but our people are actually
writing the software management program. Genetec has even expressed interest in buying
it from us.”
Panasonic, the makers of the laptops used in Texas Tech’s new parking enforcement
system, has done a case study
on the university’s use of – and the success with – the cutting-edge equipment.
The technology is used in various security and traffic applications, such as the access-control
system, law and parking enforcement. LPR allows operators to become more efficient
at overseeing large parking areas and at managing more vehicle infractions, which
will ultimately decrease cost for patrons.
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CONTACT: Heather Medley, marketing and training coordinator, University Parking Services,
(806) 742-7275, or email@example.com