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This is why you need a proactive smart parking solution

This is why you need a proactive smart parking solution
A smart parking solution for security aims to help public parking operators and private car-park management to improve the efficiency of enforcement of security measures and enhance customer service with prompt responses. Smart parking uses a security camera as the sensor and built-in analytics to implement the operations with intelligence while complimenting with audio devices to enable one-way or two-way communication.

Operation and integration

A 3-step process takes place in smart parking: detection, verification, and action. According to Jessica Chang, Regional Director for North Asia at Axis Communications, accuracy and real-time response enforcement are essential factors for detecting and verifying license plates and violations.

“Advanced capability in the analytics and a powerful image sensor delivered through Axis network camera assures accurate detection and verification in demanding conditions,” Chang said. Prompt action is facilitated with seamless integration between devices (such as an audio speaker), analytics, and a central video management system. Chang added, “The unified system automates compliance with the security and safety rules with prompt verification and action. “

Access control to prevent misuse of car parks

Smart parking offers several benefits to customers. While preventing unauthorized access to parking lots may seem to be the most critical, other advantages are equally useful to customers in different verticals.  In the case of gate control of a parking lot, granting access to approved car plates could be simpler through video cameras with license plate recognition applications. Registered cars can automatically get access right to the parking lot once the license plate recognition system verifies them. Visiting cars without pre-approved access can contact the security managers through a video-intercom device, in which the verification can be conducted with both visual and verbal confirmation by the security manager remotely.

Seamless integration between connected devices enables a smooth operation procedure with reliable detection, which users can benefit from less human delays, errors, and automated quick action. “Automation can also mean fewer guards needed but still catching more offenders. With the same system, guest service personnel can proactively identify important vehicles and VIPs to provide priority service,” said Chang.

Avoiding illegal parking and enforcement of parking rules

Solutions that tackle illegal on-street parking have a positive impact on multiple levels. End customers have a unique advantage here when they can enforce real-time response through audio systems.

If an on-street parking violation is recognized, such as double parking, a prompt alert will be sent, enabling the security agencies to take steps to solve the situation before it escalates quickly. On top of that, an audio speaker connected to the camera can automatically play announcements like ‘you’re parking in a prohibited zone. Recorded audio often functions as a good deterrent, warning the potential offenders that they’re under surveillance.

Beyond security to service

With its integration to other solutions, the benefits of smart parking extend further. For instance, hotels can adopt QR codes and integrate with license plate recognition technology to handle guest parking. When booking a hotel room, a guest can provide their car license plate number and receive a QR code that would securely grant access to the hotel parking garage. With the right systems in place, guests could gain access as soon as a camera picks up their license plate.

The bigger picture is that the inclusion of smart parking makes security systems an active contributor to the earnings of a company, by providing features that enhance their business operations. In short, smart parking solutions are a comprehensive system that aids both security and business. And this is one of the key reasons that would make such solutions integral to customers in the coming years.


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