How can LPR make your city smarter?

License Plate Recognition has been key to the advances that may lead us to safer, cleaner and nicer cities in the future.

It's no secret that life in cities is becoming more complicated to manage due to several factors such as overpopulation, pollution and traffic complications. Citizens love their cities, they want to stay in them no matter how polluted or entangled they become; to remain habitable, cities have to become smarter.

City management is a science that involves technology from many different sources to find answers to challenges impossible to face in the past.

Since many of those challenges come from vehicles (traffic, pollution, security, etc.) License Plate Recognition (LPR) has been key to the advances that may lead us to safer, cleaner and nicer cities in the future, for example:

Traffic studies

Reading license plates on the go (using Free Flow LPR Cameras to collect data 24/7 in several key city points) allows Smart cities to gather accurate information, useful to monitor and generate a deeper understanding of traffic flows, the basis for creating better policies and developments.

Carpool parking management

Car sharing is becoming trending in many cities but carpool parking may be a nightmare for management and parking owners; LPR allows more precise control and better service to online city platforms users by providing exact information about the vehicles involved in the process.

Automated Carpool parking makes it possible to reward users with a safe spot to park, free from tickets and hassles.

Management of Low Emission, downtowns and special zones

Not every vehicle shall be allowed in every city corner; some spaces may remain free of pollution; the only way to ensure this is using LPR to identify “unfit” vehicles and enforce access control.

LPR can also help city management enforce other license plate-based restrictions in downtowns and other special areas, which also need to prioritize the type of vehicles allowed; LPR allows easier, automated license plate-based access control by controlling barriers in real-time.

Access control to Recycling centers

Smart recycling centers allow private parties to drop their loads; LPR allows users to reserve appointments with information about their cargo for better control and service quality.

Parking control

Mobile LPR is the capability of performing License Plate Recognition from a moving vehicle using a compact LPR camera; this allows a single parking control agent to check up to 1000 vehicles a day, much more than the 300 that could be done by foot.
A high-speed and precise LPR camera is needed to achieve this level of effectiveness, such as our Picopak, the world's smallest LPR camera.

Monitoring of reserved lanes

One of the most popular traffic solutions is the reserved channels that restrict access to special vehicles such as taxis, buses or shared cars; LPR cameras installed at the entrance of these channels' entrances can monitor their license plates and inform authorities in real-time about regulations violations.

Detection of stolen or wanted vehicles

The license plates of stolen or wanted vehicles are automatically sent to the authorities hotlist as soon as they are reported; LPR cameras installed in key city points can monitor plates and send the data to security systems instantly, achieving real-time alerts that lead to a faster and effective response of security forces.

Traffic light, Stop and Pedestrian Radars

Due to speed and direction reading capabilities, LPR cameras can detect and report infractions in these types of street sites in real-time, making the work of traffic law enforcers much easier and effective.

Securitization of tunnels and bridges

Having LPR cameras at the entrance and exits of tunnels has become a huge advantage for security policies. By measuring the time spent inside the structure, systems can determine if accidents have occurred much faster than human visual monitoring.

In case of such events, LPR allows authorities to have records of all vehicles involved for a faster and more appropriate response; the ability to read HAZMAT (Hazardous material vehicles license plates) becomes key for improving damage control response.

Radar speed and wrong way signs

Cities also bet for prevention; drivers love to be warned before committing a traffic violation (and avoid getting a ticket, of course); LPR cameras in real-time speed signs can show drivers the speed of their vehicles, giving them heads up on their traffic behavior.

Another cool application of the speed and direction detection of LPR cameras is the fast warning of the wrong direction, which helps prevent accidents... and tickets.

Final Thoughts

Used for the community's benefit, technology can bring benefits for everyone: government, companies, people and the environment. LPR has turned into a gold mine when it comes to discovering new, faster and cleaner solutions.

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