University’s parking system combines RFID with unified management platform


Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has installed a new car parking system that combines long-range, high performance Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems for Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI), with a unified parking management platform. T2 Systems has provided the University with a comprehensive and campus-wide parking system that uses the company’s T2 Flex platform, which manages parking access and revenue control, permits, enforcement, event parking, and a hands-free access control system. The internet-accessed, cloud-based Flex system is able to transform extensive parking data into actionable information. Its quick and easy-to-use data analysis tool will allow the University gain new operational efficiencies and costs savings, while improving customer service.

TagMaster North America has provided 154 of its XT-3 long-range UHF readers that were integrated into T2’s unified Flex platform, in order to allow quick, hands-free vehicle access for students, faculty and staff at more than 50 University parking areas. Drivers with the AVI RFID tags no longer have to stop their vehicles in order to use a proximity tag or keypad. The long-range RFID reader identifies the vehicle’s AVI tag as it approaches a gate and the T2 Flex platform verifies the identity, triggering a gate to open for valid tags and denying access to anyone not permitted to park in that lot or garage. By gathering accurate usage data in the campus’ lots, the University’ Parking and Transportation Services department will be better able to allocate resources to implement future development and parking options. The XT-3 Reader has a read-range of 26 feet (8m), and is fully compliant with the EPC Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) standard and reads any passive ID-tags compliant with this standard. With its ‘all-in-one’ design, including integrated antenna, the XT-3 is certified for outdoor use and is easy to use and install.

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