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Automated Parking Tickets in Handicapped Spaces

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130428D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

People often park their vehicles in places where they should not, and there are often no police around to enforce the parking rules. For example, a car may park in a handicapped zone even though it has no authorization to do so. Described is a solution to this problem.

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Automated Parking Tickets in Handicapped Spaces

Using radio frequency identification (RFID) to identify authorized vehicles and the RFID and/or Plate scan to identify unauthorized vehicles, the system automatically calls law enforcement, initiates towing, and in some cases citations. The advantage is that people will not "temporarily" use such reserved parking spots such as handicapped zones, fire lane zones, or other restricted areas.

While there is a lot of discussion about RFID enabled license plates at any number of forums such as: http://www.rfidnews.org/news/2004/06/10/rfidenabled-license-plates-to-identify-uk-vehicl es/ and http://slashdot.org/articles/04/06/10/1434227.shtml?tid=126&tid=158&tid=99 , neither of these really describes using the tags to enforce handicap parking zones, for example. Some solutions such as http://www.nedapavi.com/pdf/ProXS_blue.PDF use a handheld reader to determine the right to park, but this is not fully automated. RFID tag readers are proposed for entry points to parking lots and garages, however these do not enforce the proper use of handicap parking spots. While there are many situations where RFID's are used in gate keeping functions, there are none for fixed parking positions, such that action could be taken if improper parking occurred.

At each restricted vehicle parking location, installed is a device in the pavement which reads the presence of a vehicle. When a vehicle moves into this spot, it reads (using shorter range signals) the RFID on the license plates (or handicap sticker/sign) and determines if it is the appropriately allowed vehicle in the spot, for example someone with a handica...