Tyrell TurnerManager of Business Services, Transit and Parking Strategy705-739-4220 x5187Tyrell.Turner@barrie.ca
2020 Parking Strategy identified technology as the solution for creating a user-friendly and modern parking experience. A pilot project is underway to explore automated licence plate recognition (ALPR) technology.
The City is working with a team of leading technology vendors to explore ALPR as a tool to collect parking utilization data and enforce parking regulations. The ALPR pilot project will allow staff to confirm that the technology can be used to increase efficiency and convenience for parkers within Barrie. Project overview:
ALPR technology uses cameras to take pictures of parked vehicles and licence plates. The ALPR system can compare images of the parked vehicles over time to determine length of stay and identify potential violations of the maximum time limit. The system can also quickly search through a list of licence plate numbers belonging to vehicles with valid proof of payment and identify vehicles that have not paid for further inspection.
The City is committed to protecting privacy, and has completed a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and developed procedures that incorporate best practices from the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC). The procedures will be validated during the course of the pilot project and adjusted as necessary to ensure the City continues to uphold privacy standards.
LPR technology has been used by police services, municipalities and post-secondary institutions for years, including by Georgian College, City of Guelph and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
All information is stored in Canada and subject to Canadian Privacy Laws.
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