The Lane Cove council market square parking lot in Lane Cove in New South Wales, Australia has adopted a parking system powered by a license plate recognition system from HTS (Rishon LeZion, Israel).
The system enables drivers to be identified and billed according to their license plates alone, thereby eliminating the use of paper parking tickets.
The deployment of the system means that drivers do not need to wait at the parking lot entrance for a ticket to be dispensed. As they drive in, their license plate is recorded digitally and stored in a database. The system then compares the entry and exit times to determine the fee, enabling the drivers to pay on exit or via a kiosk.
Cameras placed at the exit verify that either a driver has paid, or was in the allotted timeframe of free parking that a shopping mall might extends to its patrons.
Except for a printed receipt which is provided upon request at the kiosk, the system is entirely paperless.
This month, HTS was awarded a patent from the US Patent and Trademark for its license pate character recognition system. The patent covers the neural network-based character identification methods used by the system.
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-- Dave Wilson, Senior Editor, Vision Systems Design