Genetec launching latest version of its off-street parking enforcement system


Genetec Inc., a leading Canadian provider of open architecture security and public safety systems will showcase the latest version of its AutoVu Free-Flow off-street parking management system at this year’s International Parking Institute (IPI) Conference and Expo, which is taking place in New Orleans (Louisiana), on May 21-24.

Designed to help increase parking enforcement efficiency by providing a real-time inventory of vehicles parked illegally in monitored parking lots, Free-Flow will now be offered within Genetec Security Center, the company’s unified security platform that combines video surveillance, access control and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR). Enforcing parking violations is a challenge for many organizations, with business managers estimating that they penalize less than a quarter of guilty parties. With AutoVu Free-Flow, parking enforcement officers can easily identify lots with unenforced violations and dynamically adjust their patrol routes to maximize violation capture rates.

A growing number of parking property owners are investigating gateless parking to reduce vehicle congestion in the vicinity and provide a more convenient and efficient parking experience. AutoVu Free-Flow provides the technology to forego using gates, while maintaining compliance with parking rules. With Free-Flow now an integral part of Security Center, parking managers will be able to monitor occupancy and violations across all their parking lots, directly from one location. Genetec’s Plan Manager provides an added interactive and graphical mapping application that allows operators to better visualize and manage environments.

With Plan Manager and Free-Flow, parking lot owners will now be able to dynamically navigate and oversee a large number of properties via their installed ALPR and associated video surveillance cameras for real-time, correlative coverage. When occupancy reaches a certain threshold, managers can get Free-Flow to trigger actions advising customers that parking space count is low, full, or closed, using third party signage within the facility. This allows parking officers to direct customers accordingly and better-manage lots, especially in complex urban environments.

“Free-Flow provides parking officers a real-time view of how many vehicles are in parking lots across all their facilities, and how many are parked illegally. With these precise details of where and when violations are taking place, parking managers know where to dispatch officers to ensure higher compliance,” said Charles Pitman, product marketing manager at Genetec.

“Taking advantage of map-based information and communicating parking availability improves the customer experience. Meanwhile, business owners gain access to a trove of data that helps them make better informed parking infrastructure and policy decisions.”

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