Parking made easy: Leading car park operator APCOA enables ticket-less parking with onboard ALPR from CARRIDA Technologies

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Parking made easy: Leading car park operator APCOA enables ticket-less parking with onboard ALPR from CARRIDA Technologies

The heart of the APCOA Flow ecosystem is the CARRIDA Cam, a ready-to-use and standalone camera with onboard automatic license plate recognition. The barriers open automatically, if a registered license plate is recognized.

It is based on a mobile App and Cameras with onboard automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) from German / Austrian LPR solutions expert CARRIDA Technologies. The smart parking solution will be installed throughout the companies’ car parks in Germany and Europe and subsequently replace the currently used RFID-based system.

Parking services based on automatic license plate recognition

APCOA, who manages parking at over 9,500 locations in 13 European countries, developed APCOA Flow (https://flow.apcoa.de), a smartphone app to register license plates. It also provides features to search for car parks at the desired destination or nearby the users’ position and includes payment options. This makes parking with the app ticket- and cashless and thus fast and easy. The heart of the APCOA Flow ecosystem is the CARRIDA Cam, a ready-to-use and standalone camera with onboard automatic license plate recognition. It recognizes and reads license plates, processes the data internally, and sends only the results to a connected IoT device. The latter device checks the license plate against a cloud server and registers entrance and exit of the vehicle. The barriers open automatically, if a registered license plate is recognized.


Reliability tried and tested: now coming to all locations

APCOA installed the first CARRIDA Cams at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Germany. The system has proven its worth and reliability and has been deployed in further car parks throughout Germany, as well as in facilities in Austria, Italy and Poland. Andreas Henninger, Head of Digital Infrastructure Projects at APCOA PARKING Holdings GmbH: “The ticket-free parking system with CARRIDA Cams has been widely approved by our customers. It will be installed in all of our companies 200+ facilities in Germany and many more locations internationally in the future. It will subsequently replace the existing systems with APCOA FLOW RFID-Chips.”

Best reading rates in a compact design

The versatile CARRIDA Cam has been designed for stand-alone outdoor applications and offers best reading rates, even with difficult lighting situations. Andreas Henninger: “The CARRIDA Cam provides a reading accuracy greater 99.5 percent. We have chosen this model because of its small but robust design and its high image quality, fast processing time and onboard ALPR analysis. CARRIDA’s supportive service and standing in the market further undermined our decision.”

The versatile and ultra-compact CARRIDA Cam has been designed for stand-alone outdoor applications and offers best reading rates, even with difficult lighting situations.

Encrypted data transmission ensures safe and secure parking services and the plug&play installation caters for quick and easy setup of the system in the car parks. With its small size, measuring only 91 x 62 mm, the camera can be easily integrated into existing systems for stationary as well as mobile applications. It is equipped with a high-end image sensor from SONY that ensures best possible image quality and first-class reading results, even under difficult lighting and weather conditions and with changing irradiation. The ultracompact ANPR camera is protected against dirt, dust and moisture in accordance with IP67 and thus suitable for permanent outdoor use, also thanks to the integrated heater.
 Onboard LPR driven by the powerful CARRIDA SDK

CARRIDA Cams’ reliability and reading accuracy is based on the perfectly integrated CARRIDA SDK LPREngine. The versatile library recognized license plates from all countries worldwide and also accepts special formats such as two-line license plates as well as damaged or bent license plates. The software runs hardware independent on any edge device and can also be used with traditional IP-, USB- or GigE-Cameras. Its fast processing time enables instant access to the car parks. In addition to parking applications, the CARRIDA SDK can also be deployed for other uses in the fields of traffic management, tolling, law enforcement and smart cities. Depending on the hardware, it can also provide make & model recognition and further data, powered by latest Deep Learning functionalities.

For more information visit www.carrida-technologies.com

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