4-Vendor Forums Showcase Integrated License Plate-Enabled Parking
Four integrated parking solutions providers partnered to bring discussions about license plate-enabled parking (LEP) to Dallas, Los Angeles, Newark, NJ, and Miami over the last two weeks of January.
Digital Payment Technologies, Genetec, Parkmobile and T2 Systems joined together to showcase LEP and the unified, virtual permit solution their technologies make possible. Forum attendees learned about “the ecosystem of parking functions” required for LEP, heard how each vendor executes its part of the total solution, participated in a panel discussion or customer presentation, and concluded the day-long events with a live demo of the solution.
By associating a parker’s license plate with their parking permissions, the plate serves as the parking credential, thereby “obsoleting” paper or decal permits and the costs associated with them. Parking is paid for with Parkmobile’s mobile application, at a Digital Payment Technologies’ Luke II multi-space parking meter, or through T2’s Flex parking management software and eBusiness, in the case of long-term permits.
Genetec’s AutoVu mobile automatic license plate recognition (LPR) system and integrated T2 eTicketbook in-vehicle citation-writing software, as well as T2 handheld ticket writers, can enforce parking rules across the entire parking operation.
The four vendors together allow parking organizations to enjoy enhanced customer service offerings, groundbreaking operational efficiency gains, greater control over business rules and streamlined data management.
Importantly, the vendors illustrated how parking operators can start with one or two solutions and still benefit from the advanced technologies, and can add complementary solutions to meet future demand.
Many U.S. parking organizations have implemented some of the offerings that constitute an LEP solution, and operations are increasingly interested in adopting the entire LEP ecosystem of technologies.
For example, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in west LA, recently implemented the four-vendor solution to manage parking without physical gates or permits, and spoke about its experience at the LEP Forum in Los Angeles.
The university administration felt strongly that, to preserve LMU’s unique environment, parking gates should be avoided when possible.
“We are now charging for visitors and long-term parkers, both in mixed lots, and we have almost no gates – all of our parking is mixed-use,” said Mike Wong, VP of Administration Services at LMU.
“Frankly, the capital investment of the access and revenue control hardware would have added substantial costs to the project that the LEP solution lets us ignore,” he said.
(Sources: Parkmobile, Digital Payment Technologies, T2 Systems, Genetec)
Article Abstract from April, 2013