University of Warsaw Installs Quercus Technologies LPR Cameras for Access Control
Quercus Technologies Improving Life On Campus
The University of Warsaw is located in the capital of Poland, one of the European cities with the most dynamic growth. The historic main campus of the Warsaw University is one of the city’s main academic as well as tourist attractions.
More than 45,000 people study at this renowned college. They are pioneers in development and innovation and that is why they wanted to join the smart parking revolution. They wished to provide the extra security required by a center of these characteristics. For this reason, a total of five license plate recognition cameras have been installed at the different car park entries. The use of these ANPR units not only increases campus security but also controls the entries and exits of all vehicles circulating through the facilities. They also make the flow of traffic at the access points much more efficient.
The recognition of both students’ and teachers’ license plates allows for different dynamics to be established. The operator is able to apply a reduction in the price of parking, discounts, and even automatic access through admitted listing. It also provides information on the exact times of access and exit of vehicles from the parking facility. Therefore, the operator can establish a specific price depending on the times at which the parking facility has been used.
Betting on Quercus Technologies’ license plate recognition means going a step further in parking management. It means betting on the security, control, and convenience that comes with getting a system that helps optimize the flow of vehicles and improves user experience.
About Quercus Technologies:
Quercus Technologies offers optimal solutions for any type of parking facility, maximizing efficiency in its management, and improving the customer’s parking experience. The company develops and manufactures highly technological products that aim to improve mobility and security in parking facilities and it is known worldwide for its highly reliable license plate recognition (LPR) technology. Quercus’ solutions include All-in-one LPR units, parking guidance, and LPR-based spot monitoring units, light per space systems, LED displays, kiosks, and the innovative software parking suite, BirdWatch, that relies on all these smart technologies and provides total control of parking facilities.
What automatic access control systems can do for car parks in this new reality
Interaction is natural and it is an inherent need of every human being. Nevertheless, latest technologies lead to avoiding human contact and simplifying lives thanks to automation. This path to the future based on avoiding interaction has been accelerated by the Covid19 situation. Considering the trend of increasing use of private transport, now it’s the best time for parking. More than ever it is mandatory to decrease or eliminate the physical contact points inside the premises.
How can LPR cameras like Quercus Technologies’ help prevent the virus spread at entries and exits of a car park? Quite simple. The less we poke around, the less chances for it to spread
In everyday life drivers who park in a car park have to interact with different devices in the process. It seems unavoidable to use things such as ticket dispensers, payment machines, cash or vouchers… And it’s been confirmed that the virus can stand on surfaces for long.
The major issue lies with the use of the ticket dispensers at the entry and exit; the best option to avoid this contact point is to simply go in and out without using a ticket. Technology built in SmartLPR Access cameras integrated with access control systems allows to automate entries and exits of the parking facilities. When drivers arrive at the parking premises, their vehicle’s license plate is recognized and registered and the barrier rises up automatically. This ticketless feature is widely used for car park monthly subscribers because it grants them a “hands free” access; bear in mind that this can also be used when creating registration lists for employees or regular customers with benefits.
If prepaid ticketless operation is not available, another physical interaction will be held at the payment stations. Don’t worry though, there are options that will allow you to minimize this such as using QR codes that make paper tickets readable at short distance away from the payment device. QR codes combined with the fact that most of the patrons will likely use a credit card will reduce the amount of user input.
To facilitate the previous process even more, some banks have taken the temporary measure to increase the contactless payment security limits. This will ensure that most of your daily parking fees can be paid without entering PIN and therefore making the payment a zero contact process.
Otherwise, if you want to avoid cash or credit payments altogether you can opt to integrate the LPR cameras and Access Control System into a mobile app. By using a mobile platform parkers will use their devices to pay using their licence plate or a pre-registered account as identification. This way they will be paying without touching any local device.
Last but not least, when users drive to the exit Quercus Technologies’ units will once more read their plate number, allowing them to verify if the user has already paid in order to automatically let them out. Every contact point can be easily removed with the combination of License Plate Recognition cameras and an adequate Parking Access and Revenue Control set-up.
LPR technology is not a one day work, it requires several years of experience
Quercus Technologies has been developing LPR cameras for more than two decades now. SmartLPR Access is the latest generation of License Plate Recognition units designed to contribute to security and smart mobility in car parks and access controls. A single device integrates all what is needed to provide the highest reliability worldwide.
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99.7% accuracy and many other benefits with Quercus Technologies’ camera-based parking guidance system at Children’s Health in Dallas, Texas
Considering the increase of urban population and traffic congestion, smart parking is always a strategic issue to work on, not only for the benefit of clients and their communities, but also from the raw benefit-driven point of view of owners and operators. In this path, companies committed to promote innovation of information and communication technology have played a major role. Quercus Technologies, a company with more than 20 years of experience developing and designing its own smart parking products and services, has contributed to change the way drivers experience parking into a more efficient and satisfying manner. Quercus Technologies’ contribution, its products and services, are all developed in-house, offering a comprehensive Parking Guidance System with powerful technology put on the service of both the operator and the client.
Of course during the last two decades, many different technologies have arisen, and the debate on which should be the most effective of them remains until today. The most popular alternatives to camera-based system are ultrasonics, laser and other similar systems. These are pretty basic. Their capability is simple, they can detect if a vehicle is parked on a space or not, and they are only capable of monitoring one space at a time. Unlike camera-based guidance systems, they are not able of getting any information of the parked cars. They do not read the plate number of the vehicles they detect, so they cannot tell if the detected vehicle is the same or a different one. They cannot inform the client of the whereabouts of their vehicle when they need to find it to leave the premises. They have no information about the journey of the vehicle on the parking lot so they cannot process such information. They can only give a yes or no answer to the question ‘is this space free?’. And nothing else.
How is it then, that some clients still dismiss camera-based systems? Well, some say alternative technologies are very reliable, their detection accuracy being better than the rest. While this was once the case, is it still so? Quercus Technologies, a company understanding the importance of proof to build solid foundations for future growth, has always relied on performing tests in order to lend weight to their arguments. For that reason Quercus Technologies recently performed a test to check the vehicle detection accuracy of their camera-based system, the Spot Control sensor, on the flagship Dallas Campus of Children’s Health. Texas-based NextGen Parking in collaboration with Quercus Technologies installed 990 Spot Control sensors in the premises, monitoring 3,314 spaces on 19 total parking levels (3 garages). The result obtained was an extraordinary 99.7%, a result that can easily compete with those of ultrasonic sensors.
Some others say it is because of the price of the products. Yes, it is well-known camera-based products are slightly more expensive than ultrasonic sensors and others, at least at first glance. Once you get to the installation things change quite a bit: performing an ultrasonic installation may be more expensive since sensors must be installed in each space, while camera-based sensors cover multiple spaces, resulting in a similar price of both technologies.
In comparison to ultrasonic or laser systems, Quercus Technologies’ guidance system is a comprehensive solution to every need a parking operator may have. In addition to guiding vehicles to free spaces, it offers control and surveillance in every park space, thanks to the use of LPR-technology and detailed event recording. The Spot Control sensor recognizes the license plate in every space, every unit controlling up to 4 spaces each and offering total control of the vehicle at all times. Meanwhile, video recording is triggered in the case of any event, avoiding not only robberies and assaults but also false claims for damages.
They inform about different kinds of spaces: for VIPs, people with disabilities, families, etc. They link every event they register to a license plate, returning all related information linked to that plate thanks to its powerful software suite and providing a comprehensive vision of everything happening in the parking lot any time. They provide organized, meaningful data, whenever it is requested by the operator, in order to optimize the parking management and marketing campaigns.
In conclusion, Quercus Technologies’ customers get every functionality without sacrificing efficiency. All camera-based system implies numerous benefits that are compatible with an extremely high detection rate and accuracy.
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Quercus Technologies: Deep Roots, New Leaves
Just some weeks ago Quercus Technologies is celebrating its 20 years anniversary and takes stock on the situation of the company, its trajectory and perspectives for the future. Quercus began developing engineering projects for the industrial sector, in particular in relation to industrial automatization and quality control by means of artificial vision. Today, Quercus has become an international company, specialized in manufacturing LPR equipment in the parking guidance sector and has projects in more than 70 countries.
Quercus has become an international benchmark in its field: it is a model of success history, of a company that prevails thanks to the vision of its leaders, the effort of the staff and the struggle for innovation. Far from having arrived at the end of the way, Quercus is expanding:
How keep on growing at the present time as we have done until now?
How keep on growing, adapting to changes, without adulterating the essence that has allowed the company to get to be what it is today?
The company has experienced a period of transition in order to be able to answer these questions, for, briefly, continuing being faithful to its mission without going stale using a formula that worked well in the past. As a result of that process of reflection and adaptation, Quercus has created Mobility Division in order to harness the solution of parking guidance based on the sensor by camera in the market. This division commercializes exclusively guidance and mobility projects through a different sales channel than the one used habitually by Quercus for its OEM products. For the commercialization of those, Quercus has created Detection Division.
Detection Division is direct result of more than twenty years of experience in License Plate Recognition, continuing a business model that has turned Quercus into the company it is now: focusing in the making and commercializing of the most advanced and reliable OEM products that the client needs, while keeping a practical and efficient approach through the regular sales channel. A way of remaining faithful to the roots and the origin of the company.
Mobility Division reflects the need of broadening horizons in order boost in the market parking guidance solution based on camera sensors. Using the experience and know-how of Quercus Technologies, Mobility Division commercializes comprehensive and customized projects of parking guidance and mobility systems. They are the new leaves, Quercus’ stake in the future.
Quercus stays strong, facing the challenges without fear and with new proposals and parking guidance solutions. Quercus would like to sum up this new phase in a sentence that refers as much to the name as to the history of the company: “New leaves grow because we stand on our Roots” remembering to us that for new projects to develop it is necessary to always remember the origins.
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Quercus Technologies 20th anniversary
Quercus Technologies was founded in 1999 to develop engineering projects for the industrial sector, focusing in particular in industrial automation and quality control based on artificial vision. Short after, Quercus specialized as manufacturer of LPR equipment for the parking market.
Nowadays, after 20 years of activity, its know-how and experience in the market have turned Quercus Technologies into a benchmark in terms of specialization in technology for vehicle detection and a leading brand among companies developing and commercializing parking guidance systems. The company has more than 50 workers all over the world with offices in Europe, North and South America, and Asia, and has a solid international reach, with projects in more than 70 countries.
The key of its success are its values: professionalism, innovation, cooperation and commitment to quality, as well as the responsibility and honesty of its workforce. All of those have enabled the development of All-in-One products like SmartLPR Access, a device that reads plates from all over the world; or Spot Control, a sensor that integrates plate recognition and video surveillance in every spot with a highly reliable parking guidance system. Quercus has also developed BirdWatch, a powerful software suite that provides information in a precise, organized and clear manner that enables taking decisions in real time from any location, so as to improve simultaneously the user’s experience and the parking management.
During this last 20 years Quercus Technologies has been offering the most advanced and comprehensive parking solutions, twenty years improving mobility and security, twenty years developing products in service of the client. During this time Quercus has also improved its strategy, asserted its leadership and reinforced its project. And everything thanks to its solid values, to its great team and to the confidence of its clients and suppliers.
Today, looking back, Quercus Technologies has accomplished its goals: it has stayed true to its mission and at the forefront in the field of artificial vision and parking guidance. Quercus is facing the future with new projects, its trajectory bears the company’s project out as the same time as it drives the company forward in order to keep on growing.
Here is for 20 more years of shared success!
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