License plate recognition coming to parking permits
When the fall 2017 semester begins, a hanging tag will not be needed to park on campus. Permits will be required still; however, permission to park will be virtual and verified through license plate recognition (LPR).
LPR works based upon the permit purchased. Parking privileges will be assigned to a vehicle license plate and the purchaser’s 49er ID card.
Equipment installed at decks and lots will scan the plate as a vehicle enters. If there is a gate, it will be signaled to lift. In lots without gates, the system recognizes vehicles with virtual permits; enforcement is alerted when cars are parked without permission.
LPR technology needs a clear license plate view. Unless a vehicle is registered in a state that issues both front and rear plates, individuals will no longer be able to park forward-facing without risking a citation. However, for those who have a rear-only plate and backing in to park is preferred, PaTS offers LPR-readable front plates for purchase. This front plate will be tied to the state-issued plate and be valid as long as the plate number remains the same.