The talk off and on around the office recently has been about the paperless world. The integration of handhelds has helped alot to remove the necessity of paper. Long gone (for most) are the days of paper violations and reams of paper representing a printed list of valid parker's. But is paperless really possible when it comes to parking and other places where the physical ticket/permit is something that we prefer to have in our hand.
I recall a recent Garth Brooks concert in Saskatoon which was marketed around the idea of being paperless. I believe the idea in this case was that you could have tickets to the concert without the paper. Using the purchasers credit card as the object to scan or swipe rather than a paper ticket.
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With LPR (License Plate Recognition) technology, paperless actually turns into something that is not only paperless but also requires zero interaction on the part of the parker. With a system like OPS-COM they client pays for their parking online, then simply drives in and out of parking lots which are monitored by LPR cameras. The system on the back end validates the plate against those in the database and flags patrol officers if a vehicle is parked where it is not supposed to be.
So not only has paper been eliminated with such a model, but also maintenance on gates, reduction in staff manning booths and there is a huge improvement in security monitoring as well as tracking.
It may not be everywhere, but paperless parking and so much more is upon us!