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System to Monitor Parking Entitlement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248637D
Publication Date: 2016-Dec-22
Document File: 5 page(s) / 122K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for the automatic management of parking entitlements. The system checks with the entitlement-issuing authority to validate the entitlement, easily validates parking entitlements, and easily detects parking entitlement violations.

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System to Monitor Parking Entitlement

Many authorities prohibit parking in certain areas based on entitlement, such as meeting a certain physical criterion, status, or membership condition. For example, parking in a space reserved for disabled (or handicapped) persons is legal only if the vehicle is equipped with a disabled license plate or government issued windshield identification card and the disabled person is inside the vehicle at the time these special permits are used.

Currently, the enforcement of reserved parking laws is only based on visible physical identification attached to vehicle (e.g., installed on license plate or on windshield) and other conditions such as a specific person being present in the car. A drawback is that law enforcement agencies have no way to identify whether an empty car parked in a reserved space had been occupied by the person who received the permit (e.g., handicapped). Another drawback is that the process of installing windshield identification card is manual, and that sticker/display device shows the entitlement permit even if vehicle is drive by person who is not entitled to it. For every renewal of such parking entitlements, a new plate/sticker/placard needs to be manually installed. This is not only cumbersome to the user, but also lacks a method for issuing authorities to revoke it or remove it at the termination of an entitlement period (e.g., an installed sticker can remain there even if it is expired). Further, a vehicle’s windshield or license plate may become cluttered with multiple stickers.

A method is needed to prevent the improper use of parking permits and unlawful while enabling easier updates based on changes to back-end systems.

The novel contribution is a system for the automatic management of parking entitlements. The system checks with the entitlement-issuing authority to validate the entitlement, easily validates parking entitlements, and easily detects parking entitlement violations. The system includes a parking validation display apparatus.

The method incorporates a biometric component in the detection and display apparatus. If a vehicle is driven after the authorized person exits the vehicle, then the apparatus does not display the handicapped parking authorization. Alternatively, the apparatus can be configured to allow for a certain time/distance before removing the displayed permit, based on local laws. In addition, if a person with the apparatus parks in an area designated for handicapped parking and the device is not enabled, then the system transmits a signal to law enforcement (e.g., message, blinking light, etc.). The device detects that it is in a spot based on a camera seeing a sign or a blue warning on the pavement. Validation with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can still occur to determine if the permit was time-based (e.g., expired, but someone changed the date on the tag, the person passed away and someone was still using the tag, etc.).

The display appar...