As declared, an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera has reportedly been installed to monitor cars parked at Holme-next-the-Sea, near Hunstanton, in the English countryside of Norfolk.
With the new ANPR system enforced, drivers will now be charged £100 as fines if they don’t pay for using the Holme beach parking lot, according to Eastern Daily Press.
Fleshing Out the ANPR Parking System
Also known as Licence Plate Recognition (LPR), an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system is a specially designed high-speed image capture technology that can identify and read vehicle registration plates as they pass through an infrared camera.
Built on optical character recognition technology, an ANPR camera captures an image of a vehicle number plate as it enters or exits a parking lot. The image, when passed on to a compatible number plate reader, gets converted into standard Wiegand format ID numbers. Upon comparing this information with the record in the existing database, the access control system decides whether or not to grant access to that vehicle to the parking premises.
The recorded vehicle registration plate details and the location data can be used for various law enforcement and traffic management purposes.
Besides enforcing surveillance of vehicle entry/exit at parking facilities, an ANPR system ensures car parking security.
A cost-effective way to provide consistent data to parking management apps, an ANPR camera also helps with threat recognition, repeat delinquent detection, or targeting vehicles/block-listed vehicles.
For a ticketless parking lot, deploying high-quality ANPR surveillance cameras that seamlessly integrate with parking management and enforcement solutions, such as ZatPark, is essential for vehicle access control.
High-end ANPR integration increases efficiency by enabling seamless processing of ANPR images. This type of system helps extend enforcement hours without increasing overhead expenses.
Advanced ANPR technologies ensure a 100% capture rate accuracy under recommended lighting conditions.
Fully automated ANPR camera systems do not require employees to operate them, thus reducing operating costs.
Deployment of ANPR Camera at Holme Beach Car Parking
The deployment of the ANPR system took shape after the Hunstanton Golf Club had been given a go-ahead by West Norfolk council in December to install the equipment in the parking lot it owns on Beach Road at Holme.
In a planning statement, the golf club, said: “The proposed installation of ticketing equipment would allow charges to be levied all year round on a more cost-effective basis.”
According to a report written by an officer who recommended the approval of the ANPR camera installation last year, “Based on the existing use of the land, the surrounding area and the level of natural screening, it is not considered that these small scale additions will have a significant visual impact or adversely affect the locality.”
Earlier, a kiosk was used to manage the parking premises at Holme beach. However, anyone arriving at the parking lot, when the kiosk was not open, could park their vehicles without paying until the concession closed in the summer of 2022.
Now that the ANPR surveillance camera is deployed, drivers need to pay £3 to park their vehicles for two hours, £5 for four hours, or £7 to park for an entire day.
Charges at the Holme beach parking are lower than the nearby Hunstanton Cliff Top car park, where drivers have to pay £2.20/hour, £4.20/two hours, £6/three hours, and £8/day.