Video surveillance and access control are must-haves for security. Today, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) systems are playing an even bigger role in securing businesses and cities. In part, it's because the ALPR technology is evolving to meet broader needs.
In previous blogs, we discussed how offices and residential buildings are adding license plates to access control credentials for easier and safer parking; and how cities are eagerly expanding ALPR systems into the cloud to minimize costs. Now, it's time to discuss ALPR data.
ALPR Data Goes a Long Way
ALPR data is structured and organized. A full or partial license plate number, a time of day, or the color of a vehicle can all be used to find loads of correlated information. More than that, companies, residential buildings, and cities can pull reports and use ALPR data to make smarter investments in infrastructure, plan for maintenance or better understand the usage of its parking facilities and roadways.
3 Ways Buildings and Cities Use License Plate Data for Operations
- Office and residential building managers can learn what the best time of the day would be to conduct maintenance on infrastructure, to remove snow from exterior lots, or clean underground lots without disturbing employees, owners, and tenants.
- Municipal mass transit departments can find out if there is adequate parking at its train stations for users, or if unused space can be converted into more shelter facilities.
- Emergency responders can discover how vehicle traffic on major roadways at certain times of the day affect their response. They can use data to better understand traffic patterns and plot routes that get them to a scene faster.
How the Gateless Retailer Uses License Plate Data
Even in a gateless parking environment, businesses can use ALPR cameras to collect valuable business intelligence. For example, a retailer can identify how long and how frequently a vehicle is parked in its lots. If people are spending two hours, could there be an opportunity to get them to stay longer? If people are spending ten hours, could they be using the lot because it offers easy parking close to a transit center? If so, how do retailers counteract that problem?
ALPR data offers deeper insights into the daily operations of cities and businesses. Up until now, this data was hard to find. Now, it's become a key decision factor for organizations to invest in ALPR technology for security and parking applications.
Uncovering the Added Value of ALPR Systems
As ALPR technology continues to evolve, its uses in cities and across industries will expand too. This will drive greater value for organizations who are looking for new ways to enhance security and improve operations. The technology offers fresh opportunities to many users, helping to streamline parking, heighten security, and provide critical data that can lead to significant improvements and savings.