License Plate Recognition
How LPR Works
LPR works much like a supermarket scanner but it uses your vehicle’s plate in place of a barcode. The rear license plate is captured by cameras mounted on enforcement vehicles or inside parking garages.
The number captured is compared to our database to verify that the vehicle is registered as having a valid permit for the zone. The license plate information collected in this process will only be referenced against the parking database to verify IU parking permits, meters, and pay stations on the Bloomington campus. This information will be routed to secure servers and will be not shared with other departments or outside agencies.
If a license plate number isn’t in our database, a citation may be issued. Citations will continue to be issued as they are currently.
The advantages of LPR technology
The bottom line is that this technology is designed to improve our efficiency and your experience with us.
The benefits include:
- reducing paper consumption and plastic production – think no more permits
- eliminating time lost in lines to purchase a permit
- experiencing no lost, stolen or forgotten permits or replacement fees
- making the campus more sustainable
About the LPR trial on this campus
The testing period will begin in November 2019 and last from 12 months. During this time, we’ll be using a truck equipped with cameras to check all surface lots and cameras in the Poplar’s garage and the lower lever of the Jordan Ave. garage to assess occupancy.
To help us with testing, we’re asking all permit holders to:
- Continue to use your permit as usual.
- Keep your license plate visible by not backing into spaces. No citations will be issued for vehicles backed in during the pilot period.
- Take a photo of your license plate with your cell phone for your records.
- Verify the license plates on your account are accurate through the IU Parking Portal or at One.IU.
Secondary permits such as the service vehicle (SV) and reserved (R) should be displayed as usual. Guest parking will not be affected. Current parking rules will not be affected.