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: High Reliability Recognition of SmartLPR Access cameras
When people think high tech, the parking industry is not always their next thought. The latest innovations in mobile and energy saving technologies have been changing the industry, however, for a few years now. These changes have been helping car parks and garage owners stay profitable in a time where costs and societal changes are putting pressure on their finances. The cost of operating parking structures has increased, and an anticipated trend of fewer cars on the road thanks to automated vehicles and convenient ride share services may reduce revenues.
Parking facilities can improve their numbers in spite thereof, by offering convenience to their clients. New smartphone apps allow clients to book their parking spot online. More intelligent displays help clients move around the parking and find a free spot easily. Image recognition technologies are making clients feel relaxed about their own safety and knowing their vehicles are safer than ever… Parking clients cannot be happier, parking facilities are becoming more and more user-friendly. But convenience means nothing without efficiency, and efficiency, in terms of parking, means LPR-technology.
License Plate Recognitiontechnology has also developed enormously during the past few years. It improves the user’s experienceand guarantees an impressive detection rate. At Quercus Technologies we are specialists in license plate recognition and computer-vision technologies. Our last product, SmartLPR Accessintegrates in one device all that is needed to provide the highest reliability all over the world, without sacrificing comfort: all configuration can be made on the web and the lens can be adjusted remotely, making the unit setup easy, accessible and automatized.
In fact, SmartLPR Access functions thanks to a computer system that controls entry and exit movements of the vehicles through highly accurate license plate recognition. This system is called Car Access capability and it is included in our BirdWatch Smart Parking Suite. With all this information, Car Access allows for a better control of the access lanes. Our powerful OCR and holistic computer vision algorithms can manage country-specific features recognizing both Latin and Arabic alphabets; states and numbers like in American or Mexican plates or colour-coded plates such as Qatari or EAU plates. The algorithms developed by Quercus are constantly updated in order to obtain highly reliable recognition for license plates worldwide.
The latest innovation of Quercus is HHR – High Reliability Recognition. Two SmartLPR Access cameras are installed on the same lane in order to get a “double reading” of the license plate. A camera captures the front plate while a second one reads the rear plate. Combining both captures, the reliability rate increases. The front plate is usually more difficult to read because of the dirt, the weather, temperature changes or the effect of salt used to melt the snow that can damage the plate. Comparing the front plate with the rear plate makes much easier the identification of the vehicle.
HHR combines convenience with efficacy. Its reliability reaches much more than 99% in the majority of countries, allowing a comforting experience for the client without the hassle of paper tickets and the congestion they may cause, while reducing administrative expenses and maintenance costs, therefore increasing revenue for operators.
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SmartLPR Access NA by Quercus flies up to Providence Place shopping mall
Quercus Technologies has had a good start in 2017. New parking projects around the world are already working with our license plate recognition units and many upcoming projects are in the horizon for this year.
Providence Place shopping mall in Rhode Island (US) has upgraded its parking facilities in a modernization plan that required an investment of up to 20 million dollars. The new modernized parking garages include high tech features that are meant to help drivers get in and out of the facilities easier than ever before and guarantee them a pleasant, hassle-free journey.
Check out the news (https://youtu.be/9IQRNqbuo1M) broadcasted on a US channel to find out more about the modernization works at Providence Place mall and to see our SmartLPR Access NA in action!
SmartLPR Access NA units for license plate recognition manufactured by Quercus are placed at the entries/exits of the parking garage, allowing vehicle access based on license plate information. The license plate captured is stored in the system and will be used later to compare it with the license plate of the vehicle at exit. SmartLPR Access NA provides high license plate recognition rates even for complex plates as the ones in the US. Intelligent algorithms are able to recognize the wide variety of plates present in the US parking market such as vanity plates, plates with two lines of characters, plates that require both number and state recognition.
About Quercus Technologies:
Quercus Technologies manufactures advanced detection solutions that improve mobility and security in parking facilities and is worldwide known 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, videorecording units, NVRs, and the innovative software Parking Suite, BirdWatch, that relies on all these smart technologies and provides total control of car parks.
Quercus ANPR cameras make it to the news on KARK NBC 4 channel in the US
Quercus Technologies continues its worldwide expansion with new installations in the US market. With license plates recognition units already installed in important parking facilities in Florida, Manhattan, Chicago, Illinois, Wisconsin, Quercus is becoming a more and more important player. SmartLPR® Access made by Quercus Technologies arrives in Arkansas to make drivers’ life easier at Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.
The installation of Quercus license plate recognition cameras is part of a larger program designed to upgrade the parking facilities of the airport, ensuring extra security and convenience for both car park operators and drivers. One of the main advantages given by SmartLPR® Access is that the cameras take a picture of the license plate of the vehicle arriving at the airport and register it into the system along with the exact time of the entry. When leaving the parking facilities, if drivers do not have the ticket, they can simply search their license plate in the system and information related to their stay in the parking lot is immediately retrieved. By accurately identifying the number plate and the entry time of the vehicle, drivers can be correctly charged for their stay.
“This new parking installation at Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas is part of a wider very good feedback Quercus has been receiving in the US market”, says Albert Górriz, US General Manager at Quercus. “Our license plate recognition cameras are prepared for feeding accurate data to high end applications meant to automate and modernize the way parking facilities control and manage vehicle access”, adds Mr. Górriz.
Data provided by SmartLPR® Access cameras can be further used in other smart applications that allow for online reservation of the parking spot at airports, prevention of ticket exchange, search of lost tickets and many others.
Check out the news on KARK 4 channel, Arkansas and find out more http://goo.gl/wHAJ8h
About the company
Quercus Technologies manufactures and markets smart vehicle detection units based on advanced computer vision algorithms, which aim at improving mobility and security in parking facilities. Quercus solutions combine our long-experience and know-how in license plate recognition and other computer vision based technologies for smart vehicle detection.