Survision bets on creative solutions to modernize Mobile LPR
License Plate Inventory (LPI ) and Parking Enforcement, two key methods in Parking management, have two things in common: 1. both require human agents to supervise the premises and 2: they have been manual processes, whether on foot or using heavily modified vehicles. According to Laura Caillot, Survision’s USA General Manager, this traditional technology “holds back the huge, perhaps unknown potential of LPR.”
Rapidly increasing traffic brings many challenges: more data is needed to be processed, more clients need to be serviced, and more infractors need to be detected.. and it has to be done faster than ever before.
LPI and Parking enforcement are perfect scenarios where updates can make huge differences: Back in 2015, Survision partnered with Segway for a public parking enforcement project where Picopak (the world’s smallest all-embedded LPR camera) was mounted on one of their scooters and paired with a mobile app, creating the first mobile LPR solutionwhich managed to get fascinating results:
A single parking control agent equipped with a Picopak-Segway could accurately check up to 1000 vehicles a day, much more than the 300 that could be done by foot.
“Not just because of its size but also its fast, serverless and triggerless processing capability, Picopak is versatile enough to successfully read plates, literally on the go, with high accuracy, which makes it perfect for LPI and enforcement operations.” Laura Said.
Taking advantage of deep experience-based knowledge of the LPR field and its challenges, Survision has made the jump from hardware providers to LPR solutions developers with their two new Mobile LPR solutions, specific for every field of action: LPI to GO and Platenforce
These new solutions are hardware/software bundles that rely on Survision’s little battle warrior, the Picopak LPR camera, to be combined with a specific, ad-hoc self-developed app for each case, working on a tablet (also provided if needed). The set is lightweight and standalone so that it can be mounted in any vehicle (from bikes to golf carts) and moved anytime to another vehicle.
One of the main features of these solutions is 4G connectivity which makes it capable of transmitting its already LPR-processed digital data to the cloud in real-time.
“Survision LPI to GO and Platenforce are what we think the state of the art of Mobile LPR should be: Light, adaptable, precise, fast … and connected!” Laura Caillot said.
Tattile: Highway traffic management in Republic of Srpska
Six lane controlled-access highway in Poland.
In order to better utilize the capacity of the traffic network, improve the overall performance of the traffic system in all conditions, as well as to raise the level of traffic safety, advanced traffic management systems or Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) are utilized to monitor, control and manage the traffic flow. The ITS system on the highway Banja Luka – Doboj covers the section from the Tovira interchange (Johovac) to the Kostajnica (Rudanka) interchange. It includes, within a single platform, integrated systems for traffic monitoring, management of variable traffic signals, speed control and traffic lanes usage definition, road weather condition measurement and informing traffic participants about them, video surveillance, detection of traffic parameters and a system for oversized vehicle detection. The ITS system is modular and adaptable in terms of functionality and size, enabling it to expand and adapt to future infrastructure requirements.
The integrated automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology is part of the ITS system, which automatically takes pictures of each passing vehicle’s front, angle, or rear. Its processing software automatically detects and reads the vehicle license plates and takes action depending on the recognition results, e.g., transfer of results to the central system for further processing. The cameras used are intelligent Tattile Smart 2HD, a model specifically designed for outdoor installation and reliable performance day and night in all weather conditions. The Tattile Smart 2HD cameras enable vehicle data collection at a maximum vehicle speed of 250 km/h. Cameras are installed on portals and pillars and work 24 hours / 7 days a week. In the next step, the highway operator Autoputevi Republike Srpske plans to further exploit the abilities of the Tattile Smart Cameras by activating system functionalities such as recognition of vehicle brand and color as well as vehicle class. Also, average speed measurement or section speed control is currently planned to be installed using the Tattile camera technology. Such additional information may be particularly useful to a third party, such as, e.g., traffic police, in performing their duties. In addition to further expanding the data generation on the current highway section, the highway operator intends to expand the entire system to more highway sections in the Republic of Srpska.
Cleverciti: Welcome to Miami!
Cleverciti is thrilled to announce our new partnership with the Miami Parking Authority (MPA). Cleverciti will work with the MPA to enable them to improve curb management operations, reduce curb abuse, and create a “white glove” parking experience for drivers.
Effectively managing the curb in the trendy Midtown neighborhood of Miami has become increasingly difficult in recent years. As traffic has increased, so has congestion and curb abuse from all vehicle types. In response, the Miami Parking Authority (MPA) piloted various technologies to help resolve these issues yet struggled to find a comprehensive platform that simultaneously tackled curb abuse, delivered driver guidance, and integrated payment methods with real-time occupancy data to reveal compliance levels.
Fortunately, as the MPA was shaping a revised strategy they learned of the Cleverciti solution implemented in Redwood City, California that solved similar challenges. In partnership, the teams collaborated on a scalable solution designed to reduce congestion and curb management issues, while enhancing the driver experience for those parking in Midtown.
The initial phase of the MPA plan will concentrate on the heart of Midtown (Buena Vista Blvd, NE 1st Ave between 36thSt and 32nd St) and will include:
- 12 Circ 360 Ultras installed at intersections guiding drivers to available spaces.
- 43 sensors to monitor the complete curb providing a fully integrated view of payment compliance, occupancy status, and loading zone activity all from the Cleverciti Cockpit.
- The Cockpit will equip the MPA with new levels of analytical insights, full reporting features, heatmaps, a live view dashboard, and automated Clever Enforcement alerts to MPA staff to mitigate curb abuses.
- The MPA and Cleverciti will share data between systems using the Curb Data Specification (CDS), a digital tool created by the Open Mobility Foundation that helps cities and companies pilot and scale dynamic curb zones. The CDS provides a mechanism for expressing static and dynamic regulations, measuring activity at the curb, and developing policies that create more accessible, useful curbs.
As the project rolls-out, the MPA will use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure congestion, curb abuse, and payment compliance. Based on project averages across Cleverciti’s global customer base, the MPA anticipates double-digit improvements in each category. Additionally, with access to Cleverciti’s comprehensive parking management platform, the MPA will look to integrate existing technologies to further streamline operations across its portfolio.
Cooperatively, the leadership of the MPA and Cleverciti have committed to finding and sharing answers to elusive curb management questions with the aim of moving the parking, mobility, and transportation industry forward collectively.
TagMaster NA & ITR Parking Solutions partner to Successfully Deploy state-of-the-art CT-45 LPR Camera with DESIGNA PARCS at Lake Lanier Resort
TACOMA, WA |2022 – TagMaster North America, Inc., the leading provider of long-range, high-performance, and accuracy License Plate Recognition (LPR) systems for Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) deployed the innovative CT-45 LPR camera for a busy Resort at Lake Lanier north of Atlanta in Georgia. ITR’s customer demanded an LPR solution that would effectively, reliably, and accurately read the license plates of all vehicles in their population. This extremely busy DESIGNA PARCS location manages a high volume of daily users with owners, employees, and visitors. With hundreds of transactions a day, accuracy and performance are critical components for the success and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the resort. TMNA provided an updated OCR library capable of reading all the plates in circulation, optimizing throughput speeds, and ensuring only authorized vehicles were able to gain access while collecting accurate data. TagMaster NA OCR Engineering team worked closely with ITR to ensure current plate populations and new formats, fonts, colors, and layouts for the state were acknowledged and reviewed to ensure the accuracy percentage they are seeing today.
With a UI accessible from any web-browser configuration of the cameras was extremely convenient and allowed for the installation to be quick, and efficient ultimately providing ITR and their valued customer with a low Total Cost of Ownership and smoother parking operations for their owners, employees, and visitors. Seamless integration with the DESIGNA PARCS equipment made for an efficient installation process. Carbon emissions for vehicles gaining access were greatly reduced while throughput speeds have been increased and security is highly maintained. Since 1969 clients throughout the Southeast have trusted ITR with their parking, access, and revenue control (PARC) needs. Focusing on providing clients with innovative and technology-driven solutions to their specific needs, partnering with TagMaster NA LPR provided a clear win-win-win solution for all parties involved. TagMaster NA has maintained its position as a leader in the vehicle identification market for over 25 years with a future adaptive and ready product line of innovative technology solutions with unparalleled support and partner dedication.
“ITR was very pleased with the professionalism and expertise that TagMaster NA provided us in resolving this challenging LPR application. Its approach in engineering and deploying this solution was excellent.” -Michael Givens, President of ITR Parking Solutions
“The ease of implementation of TagMaster LPR cameras for this busy location ensures the highest security while adhering to a very high accuracy standard” Ali Khaksar noted, “Offering dynamic solutions for installations like this along with the expertise of ITR Parking ensures innovative and cost-effective solutions.” – Ali Khaksar, President and CEO of TagMaster North America, Inc.
With the deployment of TMNA CT-45 LPR cameras by ITR Parking Solutions a 98%+ accuracy* has been achieved for the facility ensuring it not only receives the benefit of reliable vehicle identification but also can rely on this data for additional security purposes. *Accuracy is dependent on-site specific variables including but not limited to camera placement, vehicle population, lighting, and environmental factors, contact TMNA to learn more
ITR Parking Solutions has served a broad array of industries, providing excellence, consultation, and custom solutions for over 50 years. For more information on ITR Parking Systems products, support and services, visit www.itrps.com or contact email@example.com | P: 770-496-0366
TagMaster North America, Inc. is the leading provider of long-range, high-performance Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions for Automated Vehicle Identification (AVI) and rail-bound transportation. Convenient and efficient RFID solutions from TagMaster NA can increase security and decrease environmental impact. Seamless integration and reliable performance records are TagMaster North America’s distinct hallmarks. For more information on TagMaster products, support and services, visit www.TagMasterNA.com or contact us at info@TagMasterNA.com | P: 253-238-1421
TagMaster NA GTMS solution Deployed For Spokane International Airport
Tacoma, WA | October 30, 2022 – TagMaster North America, Inc. (TMNA), a leader for AVI (Automated Vehicle Identification) with over 25 years of experience and technical knowledge, announces the successful implementation of the TrackFlow – the advanced GTMS (Ground Transportation Management System) – at Spokane International Airport, WA.
The high-performance RFID systems and LPR technologies deployed for the Airport address a wide range of challenges in the commercial vehicle sector for ground transportation management, vehicle tracking, auditing, and reporting. Our diverse family of readers, tags, cameras, accessories, and airport software solutions offer maximum adaptability and versatility.
TrackFlow, is the premier tracking software solution for TagMaster North America’s RFID and LPR platforms. This software solution offers enhanced features such as zoning, dispatching, multiple reader support, a new-and-improved web interface, sync-enabled whitelisting, streamlined groups and access profiles, and multiple anti-pass back settings, with custom data view and export capabilities to suit the unique specifications of each application.
Spokane International Airport is a 6,000-acre commercial service airport served by eight airlines offering nonstop service to 20 destinations throughout the U.S. The second busiest airport in Washington State, the Airport handled 3,280,062 total passengers in 2021. With traffic growing higher and demand increasing for travel facilities across North America, having a reliable and accurate GTMS for commercial vehicles is critical to maximizing airport revenue and ensuring the best passenger experience.
The Airport has been successfully using our GTMS software and long-range RFID platform for several years. In 2022, they decided to upgrade their GTMS to also utilize our high performance LPR Cameras. By using the CT-45 LPR cameras, they are able to maintain additional control over the usage of the commercial vehicles. The dual (IR and white light) LPR camera is able to capture all distinct types of vehicles traveling at variable speeds and angles with extremely high accuracy. Commercial vehicles can now utilize their license plate as a credential in addition to an RFID tag and new vehicles registering with the airport can use the license plate as their identifier.
Now utilizing our comprehensive GTMS software solution and the long-range RFID and LPR hardware, Spokane International Airport is able to achieve an extremely high accuracy of commercial vehicle tracking and management; which then translates directly into report-based revenue for the companies registering with the Airport. By maximizing revenue and streamlining the service for not only the landside Staff and Operators, but also the commercial vehicle companies it has ensured a first-class curbside experience for passengers. TagMaster NA continues to earn its position as an industry leader by leveraging an innovative product line and in-house development to respond to the ever evolving and changing industry. This includes changing Airport standards and passenger expectations. As customers demand high security with a contactless approach, our ACTS TrackFlow GTMS with TMNA RFID and LPR technologies provides a clear solution only available from TagMaster NA. Watch your revenue take off with our intelligent identification solutions.
Spokane Airport For more information about Spokane International Airport and their solutions, please visit www.spokaneairports.net.
TagMaster North America, Inc. is a leading provider of Intelligent Identification solutions, offering dual technologies including long-range Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and License Plate Recognition (LPR). TagMaster NA addresses a wide range of challenges in the parking, rail bound, access, industrial and security industries with 25 years of experience and technical knowledge. The diverse family of hardware and software solutions ensures maximum adaptability and versatility. sales@TagMasterNA.com | P: 866-615-5299
TKH Security: Mercy Hospital Puts Parking Experience First When Designing New Garage
CHESHIRE, CT – September 6, 2022 – TKH Security (formerly Park Assist) has been awarded an Automated Parking Guidance System (APGS) contract by Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, MO. In Summer 2023, Mercy Hospital St. Louis is scheduled to complete a new, state of the art, five level Mercy Ballas Multispecialty Center across the street from the primary medical facility. A new high-tech parking structure is also a part of the project.
A recent 2022 Excellence in Patient Experience Award Winner, Mercy Hospital’s patient centric approach to healthcare begins the moment each patient enters the parking garage. “We looked at everything. Nothing was off the table,” said Dr. Jeff Ciaramita, president Mercy Clinic in the St. Louis region. “Mercy’s mission is to get health care right and we know that when patients are dealing with health concerns, they need ease. We must make everything from finding a parking spot to wait times easier for our patients. By enabling them to plan and take charge, we provide calm in the midst of sometimes challenging health care needs.”
The first touchpoint of a seamless patient experience, the high-tech parking garage will provide 973 new parking spaces. Patients will be able to find an available parking spot efficiently with our new M5 camera-based APGS. The bright, red and green color-coded LED light on the smart sensors instantly visually direct patients to available spaces. Reducing time to parking by up to 63%, our APGS allows patients to sign in at their appointment quickly. Finding a parking space quickly can also reduce stress many feel during the parking process.
“I’m excited to work with Mercy Hospital on their primary focus – customer experience first. Parking is a customer’s first touchpoint of their visit, not the inside of a doctor’s office.,” said Jeff Sparrow, TKH Security Regional Account Manager. “In the parking industry, the customer experience is becoming more top of mind. Our products and services align perfectly with this focus. I’m looking forward to working on more customer centric projects.”
Mercy Hospital’s APGS package also includes:
- Park Alerts, which notify operators when certain vehicles enter the building including VIPs,
- Park Surveillance to capture streaming video when motion is detected in or around a space, or continuously if desired,
- And our API package that will provide Mercy Hospital with a secure connection to a limitless set of third-party parking related solutions.
The New Five-level Mercy Ballas Multispecialty Building
About Mercy Hospital St. Louis
Mercy, one of the 25 largest U.S. health systems and named the top large system in the U.S. for excellent patient experience by NRC Health, serves millions annually with nationally recognized quality care and one of the nation’s largest Accountable Care Organizations. Mercy is a highly integrated, multi-state health care system including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 4,000 Mercy Clinic physicians and advanced practitioners, and more than 40,000 co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
TKH Security specializes in the development of smart electronic security, safety, and parking guidance systems. With more than 25 years of experience, we offer complete solutions for Parking Guidance, Parking Facility Management, Security Management, Access Control, Video Management, Intrusion Detection, Intercom, Surveillance, and Asset & Site Management. We are always looking for innovative solutions for the market with a focus on creative, flexible and open architecture integration. Recently merging with seven companies (Park Assist, ParkEyes, Aasset Security, Flexsposure, Key Processor, Siqura, and VDG) TKH Security has a strong position in North America, Australia, Europe, and multiple offices all over the world. TKH Security is a member of TKH Group NV.
Tattile: ANPR-based Tolling System in Republic of Srpska
The Republic of Srpska, part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has approximately 100 km of the highway network currently covered by a toll system, including nine toll plazas with about 55 toll lanes. On the highway connecting the cities of Banja Luka and Doboj, the modern toll collection system enables charging all highway users according to their distance travelled and vehicle class.
Exceptions are currently made for vehicles with VIP status, emergency service vehicles and military convoys. Since the operator Autoputevi Republike Srpske still wants to offer a choice in payment, the toll plazas have different lanes providing manual ticket issuing and payment, Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) and a mixed lane offering both options. At the manual entrance lanes, the driver takes the magnetic ticket with encoded and printed data relevant for toll payment in cash or credit card at an exit station of the highway. At the ETC entrance lanes, the vehicles are registered without stopping, and the relevant data are recorded and stored in an onboard unit (OBU) and in the lane and plaza computer database. ETC lanes perform toll payment transactions electronically and optionally in pre-payment or post-payment.
A prerequisite for electronic toll collection is the number plate recognition of all vehicles passing the electronic nonstop lane. For this purpose, Tattile Basic Short-Range cameras are installed on all entrance lanes to capture ANPR data and obtain fast and secure vehicle transits. At the manual lane, the Basic cameras capture the number plate for security reasons.
The Tattile cameras must perform reliably in all weather conditions, even against sun flare, and during day or night. According to Autoputevi Republike Srpske, the Highway network in the Republic of Srpska will be further expanded, and Tattile Basic ANPR cameras will be the preferred technology for the new toll system modernisation projects in the Republic of Srpska.
SURVISION: LPR becomes key in adding value to Parking customer experience in luxury office buildings
Associated in the past with high-quality materials and devoted service, today’s luxury means intelligence. Luxury clients want a smooth and frictionless experience from the very first moment they enter the building… and of course, it starts with the parking!
So, today’s Landlords have the never-ending challenge of turning their developments into “intelligent buildings” that provide a luxury experience from the moment tenants access the facility.
For an office building, Luxury equals efficiency; customers want to spend no time doing boring/unproductive activities; they want their time back, so they have a great appreciation for time-saving methods and easier experiences.
This is the case of 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, a Trophy Class office building located on Washington’s most prestigious thoroughfare. The building contains fourteen levels of above-grade office space, approximately 763,000 rentable square feet, and just over 41,000 square feet of ground-level retail space.
But… What about the parking?
For the 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue crew, the journey had to be complete: The parking experience in its three levels of underground parking needed to be the beginning of a modern and powerful experience. A high-class office in a building with slow/clumsy/polluted parking is a poor combination.
So, how to offer a faster, cleaner, and smarter parking experience?; It’s still just parking, what else can be improved? Right?
Well… Let’s think about it.
Monthly parking service is part of their commercial offer…and an opportunity to rethink everything about it!
Monthly parking is a cold service where you already have all the information about who is allowed in; what about using this information to optimize all parking-related operations?
… In a timely fashion
When you think about parking, you immediately feel how your whole day rhythm goes down for a while: searching for a badge, slowing the car down, waiting for the barrier to open and so forth. But, let us dream… What if you could go through the barrier without even slowing down? Is that even possible?
Yes… it’s called LPR/ANPR
For the 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue Challenge, Scheidt & Bachmann chose Survision Nanopak Rugged LPR Cameras to upgrade the parking facility with License Plate Recognition capabilities and benefits such as:
- Automatic gate opening in entrances and exits, decreasing the wait before the barrier by more than 50%.
- Badges are not needed anymore, decreasing the operational costs of managing access cards or stickers (and the pain for the client to pick up his card or lose it)
- Improved Security: Once the license plate is captured and received in real-time by the building security systems, it’s possible to match it with security forces hot list or other databases, so immediate alerts are issued.
Survision LPR/ANPR technology makes badges and waiting at the gate a thing of the past.
The accuracy challenge
When a barrier opens by the decision of an algorithm, precision becomes a significant concern, no one wants false positives gates opening in a top-level office building, nor the complaints coming from false negatives victims either! So it has to be a very good machine if you are planning to entrust it with your parking’s entering and exiting.
Using their AI-Powered LPR algorithm, Survision LPR cameras achieved a more-than-satisfactory 98.34 % accuracy rate (and 99.14% N-1). This is where Survision LPR cameras make a big difference: an excellent confidence level that allows an accurate and secure operation, just what a state-of-the-art parking needs.