UNC Charlotte (UNCC) has partnered with NuPark, a provider of integrated, real-time open parking management solutions, to bring smart parking to campus operations. The University will optimize its parking operations across campus by implementing NuPark’s open parking management platform, including License Plate Recognition (LPR), virtual permits, Gate System Integration, and multiple mobile payment options.

LPR-based Smart Parking Management

NuPark’s management platform offers UNC Charlotte’s Parking and Transportation Services (PaTS) a new way to issue, modify, or remove parking privileges in real time. LPR technology is used to streamline the permit verification process and to gather parking occupancy and utilization analytics. This new data will allow PaTS to increase the flexibility, efficiency, and availability of parking on campus.

“License plate recognition for enforcement is becoming popular for institutional use across the country as the technology becomes a more reliable, cost-effective solution, “ says Doug Lape, UNC Charlotte’s PaTS director. “We are excited to bring advanced technology to the UNC Charlotte campus.”

Virtual Permit Parking and More Convenient Mobile Payment Options

LPR technology offers additional convenient options for students, faculty and staff: virtual parking permits can be linked to license plates, which means customers no longer need to go to the parking office to receive their parking permits. Students, faculty, and staff can access the new parking system’s web portal to purchase permits, manage accounts, and much more, all from the convenience of their computer, tablet, or phone.

NuPark System Will Integrate with Sentry SKIDATA Plus System

SKIDATA access and revenue control system (PARCs) provided by Sentry Control Systems will seamlessly integrate with NuPark’s open management platform. The two systems will seamlessly communicate parking data, including permits, utilization, and occupancy, in real time. Blair Taylor, Vice President of Sentry, asserts that “SKIDATA’s unique flexibility allowed UNCC to easily transition from their legacy solution. This enhances convenience for all users.” This communication will offer unprecedented visibility, which will permit the PaTS staff to make more informed parking decisions.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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