In the past, most organizations have utilized a physical permitting system to ensure their operations ran smoothly. Although this way of operating can be effective, it has been shown to take more time, money, and physical labor than the modern approach of virtual permitting. It can also become a tedious and aggravating experience for many customers. Physical permitting can be categorized as a ticket handed to the driver at the entrance of a lot or garage, a sticker placed on the vehicle, or any other tangible object used to verify a permitted car. A physical permit means it may be forged, stolen, or counterfeited.
The combination of advancements in modern technology and finding the right provider has allowed the transition from physical to virtual permits to be easy and cost-effective. Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) cameras automatically detect, read, and validate license plate information. The initial information gained determines if the vehicle can be parked in that lot or space. The cameras will also collect data stored on-premises or hosted in the cloud. This can be used to see the historical data of your operations or given to local law enforcement to help them in the search for a wanted vehicle.
There are several common outcomes when moving to virtual permits. Higher compliance rates and a reduction in disputes will save your organization time and frustration. By eliminating the physical permits parking operations become much more transparent. Checking plates in a dataset that is readily available to your team allows for swift enforcement. This also saves countless hours because far more spaces can be covered in significantly less time. Overall, this will help your organization generate more revenue solely from how coherent your parking operations are functioning.
The first step in adopting a virtual permitting system is discussing the goals you want to achieve with your technology. This could be the number of parking lots or structures you would like to cover, what types of permits you want to offer and whether you plan to use fixed and/or mobile LPR units. A fixed camera is mounted onto a structure or building. This is great for contactless or gateless entry operations. A mobile LPR camera is mounted onto a vehicle, allowing parking enforcement officers to drive around and scan license plates. The starting costs will also be discussed in the initial analysis of your setup. It is important to choose technology that will last and accurately obtain the information you need.
After the initial setup and configuration of your technology, you and your team will be provided with detailed training on the hardware and software. If there is ever a problem with your technology or you hire a new team member, we can provide updated training and offer support for your hardware and software. This can save your organization money overall by having team members that can train new employees as well as reduce the size of your parking enforcement team. With LPR technology, you could eliminate all the unnecessary costs associated with physical permitting.
Moving from a physical to a virtual permitting system your organization can save time, money, and generate revenue. Virtual permits allow for higher security protection and a seamless way to manage customer transactions. When simplifying your parking operations, you will see a return on your investment by eliminating all extra costs. Reach out to Route1 to discuss your parking system and how we can help you achieve your goals with LPR technology.