What Can Quercus Technologies’ Automatic Access Control Systems Do for Car Parks in This New Reality?

LPR can help parking operators adapt to the growing demand for touchless solutions.

Interaction is a natural and inherent need of every human being. Nevertheless, the latest technologies focus on avoiding human contact and simplifying lives through automation. This path to the future, based on avoiding interaction, has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The trend towards the increased use of private transport means that now is the best time for parking. More than ever it is mandatory to decrease and even eliminate the physical contact points inside parking facilities.

How Can LPR Cameras like Quercus Technologies’ Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus at Car Park Entries and Exits?

Quite Simple. The Less We Touch, the Less Chance There Is for It to Spread.

In everyday life, drivers who park in a car park have to interact with different devices throughout the process. It seems unavoidable to use things such as ticket dispensers, payment machines, cash, or vouchers. But it’s been confirmed that the virus can survive on surfaces for long.

A major issue lies with the use of the ticket dispensers at the entry and exit. And so the best way to avoid this contact point is to simply go in and out without using a ticket. Technology built-in SmartLPR Access cameras, integrated with access control systems, allows parking operators and owners to automate entries and exits of their parking facilities. When drivers arrive at the parking premises, their vehicle’s license plate is recognized and registered and the barrier rises automatically. This ticketless feature is widely used for car park monthly subscribers because it grants them "hands-free" access; bear in mind that this can also be used when creating registration lists for employees or regular customers with benefits.

If a prepaid, ticketless operation is not available, another physical interaction will be held at the payment stations. Don't worry though, there are options that will allow you to minimize contact, such as the use of QR codes which make paper tickets readable at a short distance from the payment device. QR codes combined with the fact that most of the patrons will likely use a credit card will reduce the amount of user input.

To facilitate this touchless process even more, some banks have taken the temporary measure to increase the contactless payment security limits. This will ensure that most of your daily parking fees can be paid without entering a PIN and, therefore, making the payment a zero contact process.

Entry/Exit lane of an indoor parking garage with a blue car entering a far lane

Otherwise, if you want to avoid cash or credit payments altogether you can opt to integrate the LPR cameras and access control system into a mobile app. By using a mobile platform, parkers will use their device to pay using their license plate or a pre-registered account as identification. This way they will be paying without touching any local device.

Last but not least, when users drive to the exit, Quercus Technologies’ units will once more read their plate number, allowing them to verify if the user has already paid in order to let them out automatically. Every contact point can be easily removed with the combination of license plate recognition cameras and adequate parking access and revenue control set-up.

LPR Technology Requires Several Years of Experience

Quercus Technologies has been developing LPR cameras for more than two decades. SmartLPR Access is the latest generation of license plate recognition units designed to contribute to security and smart mobility in car parks and access controls. A single device integrates all that is needed to provide the highest reliability worldwide.

About Quercus Technologies

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Quercus Technologies manufactures and markets smart vehicle detection units based on advanced computer vision algorithms, which aim at improving mobility and security in parking facilities. 

Quercus products are based on highly technological computer vision algorithms and include All-in-One license plate recognition units, overview cameras, and digital video recorders. We market our LPR units exclusively to system integrators and one of our aims is to help them get the maximum benefit from our products and contribute to the success of their projects. Quercus provides customers with added-value services such as certificate professional training and on-site technical support to help them to get the most out of our leading-edge technology.