Tattile: Parking enforcement in France made mobile and digital

June 17, 2021




Tattile: Parking enforcement in France made mobile and digital



Following the decriminalisation of the non-payment of parking fees in France in 2018, the management of violations passed into the hands of municipalities and private companies. These companies began to establish digital parking payment verification using systems such as TePI (Traitement électronique des Plaques d’Immatriculation) which translates as “Electronic Processing of Number Plates” using smart traffic ANPR cameras such as those from Tattile. As the name indicates, users need to enter the license plate number upon paying the parking fee and can choose from three options; either paying with cash or with credit card at a parking meter with the meter sending the plate number together with the information of the paid parking time to a central server. The second option is to pay through a smart phone app which communicated the plate number to the central server. Thirdly, drivers can obtain a subscription through a web portal and enter payment details as well as the plate number there.



In all cases the required data is sent to a central server which enables mobile parking enforcement with patrol cars that are equipped with Tattile ANPR cameras for scanning all license plates in a designated parking area. The one-board architecture of the scanning system is built around a mobile PC and 5G + GNSS router, mounted in a customized hardware case inside the vehicle. Connected to the mobile system are the Tattile mobile ANPR cameras. The entire system is controlled by the driver or automatically depending on the configuration via a dedicated tablet, securely mounted to the dashboard. Monitoring and telemetry are made available through various SaaS platforms updated in real-time allowing for minute-by-minute reporting and providing the observer with a live, evolving map of the state of parking ticket payment in their zone. The license plate data recorded by Tattile cameras is sent to the remote server where it is matched with all registered payments and corresponding license plates. Violations detected by the software lead to the automatic issuing of parking penalty notices.



With the proven reliability of the mobile parking enforcement technology using Tattile license plate reading cameras the main parking operator in France is now active in most of the major cities in mainland France, including the capital. In Paris alone 25 vehicles are under operation, each of them is equipped with four Tattile cameras. One prerequisite to further establish the system in other regions is to prove the ability to interface with all major parking ticket solutions. This is maintained by the operators´ own ticket centralization server. Furthermore, according to the operator the solution is constantly evolving, and the roadmap includes other enforcement uses such as the real-time mapping of «low-emission» zones within urban areas.